The Hamptons Look or Style has taken the interior design and decorating world by storm! Western Australian company Amerex Renovations and Additions found that due to their coastal location, they were increasingly fielding questions about the Hamptons Look.
The Hamptons style works remarkably well anywhere with or without proximity to the coast. In Australia, it is a particularly good fit with their outdoors lifestyle and an abundance of sunshine, which is quite similar to the Hamptons.
So what exactly is the Hamptons style? And where did it come from?
The Hamptons style comes from an area known simply as ‘The Hamptons’. The Hamptons is a coastal area on Long Island, north of New York. This is where rich and famous New Yorkers spend their summer holidays, in luxury holiday homes.
These homes ooze style and class in a casual, yet sophisticated way. When done well, the Hamptons style feels casual and relaxed, yet with quality classic finishes it also has an elegant edge.
So what does the Hamptons style look like?
The Hamptons style typically looks very light, bright and breezy with plenty of natural daylight streaming in. Colours are predominately white with blue and lemon accents.
Key features and ways to achieve the Hamptons look are to follow a nautical inspired colour palette, a strong emphasis on white, with natural products such as timber featuring on the floors and in furniture.
White, white, breezy and white
A white colour palette is a very important and key to the overall Hamptons look. As such, walls are usually painted soft white. White reflects the light and is important ingredient in achieving the bright and breezy and open feel.
Classic White Kitchens
Again white, white and more white. Splashbacks are typically high gloss or white subway tiles. The overall feel of the kitchen should have a glamourous edge so stone benchtops work very well.
Charcoal and chrome accents in appliances and chairs are fine, as long as the kitchen is predominantly white.
Timber Floors and Furniture
Timber floors and timber furniture work well with the Hamptons look. Polished floorboards and furniture pieces such as a rustic oak dining table and occasional tables in a lighter coloured timber look fantastic.
Relaxed fabric Lounges keeping within the nautical colour scheme
Choose Lounges or sofas in a relaxed fabric such as linen and in either neutral in colour or nautical blue. If you go for a neutral beige or soft white, it is very easy to accessorise with cushions to add in a pop of colour.
Typical lighting features are elegant pendant lights over island benches and large table lamps in living areas make from metal or linen or blue ceramic.
Coastal ornaments and decorating
Decorating Hamptons style is easy to achieve, with a cheap and easy of styling by introducing coastal aspects. Consider incorporating ornamental items such as shells, driftwood, blue bottles, or nautical themed pictures framed in white or with a driftwood border work beautifully.
Character and timber trims and detailing
The Hamptons look thrives on classic details such as old fireplaces, architraves, skirting boards, cornices and wall panelling. With many Australian cities having older homes with heritage features, this ties in beautifully with a Hamptons theme.
In fact, Western Australia Builder, Amerex Renovations and Additions reports that heritage features such as wall panelling are now trending. There are not the old dark timber kind you would have found in an old Drawing Room. Just simple panelling painted white, clearly inspired by homes in the Hamptons. This can be done quite affordably and can provide a great look and feel to a room.
Design Considerations for the Hamptons Look
Natural daylight is important – in fact key – to achieving the light and breezy feel of the Hamptons style. You must therefore, make sure that you think about this at the design stage. It is hard to make windows larger later on!
The Hamptons Style design incorporates large windows, and large openings such as bi-fold doors across the rear of the home opening up onto a living area.
Large windows and doors that open up, are complemented perfectly with white wooden shutters and sheer curtains.
The exterior of the Hamptons Look
Landscaping is neat and manicured and white picket fencing sets everything off perfectly. Again this is perfect for the gorgeous character homes in Perth’s older suburbs.
Externally, painted white timber and/or mouldings around the windows are common features, with dark or charcoal roofs often playing a part in the look, though not essential.
Hamptons Style in any Location
Whether you call it the Hamptons Look, Hamptons Style, or Hamptons design, it seems that this look is here to stay.
The look is easy to achieve, and is so classic that it stands the test of time, just like the beautiful homes on Long Island.
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