If you have even a passing interest in interior design, then you have no doubt already heard of ‘Hamptons style’. The décor style has swept the globe, emerging as one of the most fashionable trends in recent years – and likely to stay in vogue for many years to come.
Inspired by oceanic hues, beachy vibes and natural materials, this popular aesthetic has particularly resonated with Australians, and with 85% of the population living within 50km of the coast, it’s easy to guess why.
To help you recreate the Hampton’s style look in your own home, we’ve put together a quick how-to guide below:
The Origins of Hamptons Style
Before we start discussing the ins and outs, it may help you to know a little more about how the trend began. Although the Hamptons style has only recently taken the world by storm, it’s been around for some time. The trend takes its name from the Hamptons, a group of villages in Long Island which are used as a holiday destination for wealthy New Yorkers and America’s elite, from the Kennedys to Beyoncé.
As a result, its homes (or rather, its mansions) now stand as the epitome of seaside luxury and the Hamptons style is all about recreating their sense of elegance and timeless glamour.
When choosing your colour scheme think in terms of coastal colours. When complete, a successful the Hamptons style home should feel relaxed, airy and elegant. As such, your base should be light and neutral, making use of crisp whites, soft greys and sandy creams, to evoke the feeling of a pristine beach, broken up with splashes of blue to represent the ocean.
If you are the kind of person who likes more vibrance in their décor, you can also incorporate turquoise greens or muted pinks into your colour scheme, but they should be used sparingly.
When it comes to materials let nature be your guide. Think timber floors and white timber finishes for things like kitchen cabinetry and bookshelves. If you really want to go the extra mile, wainscoting and timber-clad ceilings are the perfect way to complete the picture.
Furnishings and Styling
For furniture, you want to convey refined luxury rather than over the top opulence. Remember, the Hamptons are where the rich go to relax, so your living spaces should feel indulgent, catering to comfort and entertaining.
Again, include natural materials like timber where you can, such as your dining setting, whilst couches should be oversized, well cushioned and preferably made with linen.
For your alfresco areas, cane and wicker furniture are the best options, whereas windows should be dressed with either plantation shutters or floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains. For decoration, cushions are an absolute must and provide an easy opportunity to integrate those shades of blue and some patterns for eye-catching accents.
For the final finishing touch, add a few nautical elements into the mix to foster a tranquil, seaside atmosphere – even if your home is nowhere near the coast. How you do this is up to you. It could be a maritime painting, decorative driftwood or ornamental shells, just make sure to use restraint to keep things from looking too kitschy.
Now that you have everything you need to know, it’s time to unleash to your inner interior designer. Luckily, our range of modern home designs all offer the perfect for canvas for you to create your Hamptons style sanctuary. Contact our friendly consultants today so that we can help make your dream a reality!
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