Hamptons – the place of style, coastal vibes and homes that are the envy of the world. It is no wonder that the architecture and interior design of America’s paradise to the rich and famous is fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite styles.
What is Hamptons style?
Think coastal vibes meets luxury – plush, comfortable interiors with a neutral base. These homes should be an escapism from the hustle and bustle of the real world and contain all the comforts suited to a summer holiday.
We love the addition of classic black in an otherwise clean palette. This contemporary, white bathroom with dark flooring and black handles is simple yet sophisticated.
Get the look
The Oliver Vanity Round Handle in matte black is from Highgrove Bathrooms.
A Hamptons’ home should centre on entertaining. Allow nature to take centre stage – introduce internal and external gardens and comfortable indoor and outdoor entertaining options. Love an outdoor kitchen? That will work! Enjoy cocktail hour? Then create a comfortable and stylish nook for relaxing. A Hamptons-esque garden should include wide, green spaces, cobblestone or sandstone elements, sleek furniture (preferably with touches of white) and comfortable outdoor cushions. A pool is also a big winner.
The typical Hamptons kitchen is of course primarily decked out in white, but that’s not to say you can’t bring different elements into the mix. Timber and rattan, such as these bench stools, work well with the theme.
MIX IT UP
White is of course quintessentially Hamptons. However, don’t feel bound to a completely clean design. Bring in natural accents and one or two simplistic colours or materials. Marble, light grey or subtle splashes of duck egg blue will work nicely.
These are key design elements to consider when planning for your home.
• Weatherboard – traditional Hamptons design means taking a step away from our Queensland love of rendered brick. White-washed or grey weatherboard with sandstone or stone elements is as Hamptons as it gets.
• Balustrade – for two-storey homes with internal staircases, balustrade plays an important design role. It should be square and white.
• Flooring – use slate or natural-looking tiles. Light-coloured or off-white timber flooring will also work.
• Shutters – roller blinds will not work with this style. Instead, opt for plantation-style shutters.
• Floor plan – rooms should create conversation. In living spaces, ensure that couches and chairs are facing each other – not the television – to create a sense of comfort and community.
• Elements – high ceilings, lots of glass, French doors, window grids and window trims will complete the look.
Find old pieces such as a timber mirror or buffet hutch and upcycle.