Soft coastal colours, relaxed styling and light, airy rooms – these are the hallmarks of a Hamptons style home, reminiscent of glamorous summer houses and lazy days by the beach. Hamptons style may be inspired by an exclusive, seaside community on New York’s Long Island, but it’s also a perfect fit for the our way of life. The Hamptons look has a comfortable, laid-back, beachy vibe – perfect for South East Queensland’s relaxed lifestyle. This popular style brings a timeless elegance to your home, both inside and out.
Creating Interior Hamptons Style
There are a few key elements that work together to create the perfect Hamptons style house. Here, we discuss the main components that bring it all together.
There’s something fresh and calming about Hamptons colours. Popular colours include greys, greiges (beige/grey), tans, soft blues, greens, and of course, plenty of white! Hamptons style combines a layered palette of soft, coastal colours and natural textures, perfect for a laid-back, indoor-outdoor lifestyle. If you prefer more contrast, add black accents through fabric, artwork and accessories. Duck egg or navy blue can help create a nautical theme often found in Hamptons homes. Simply add some overstuffed cushions, a chunky knit throw rug, or a classic blue and white vase to your decor.
Classic Shaker style cabinetry works extremely well with the Hamptons look. Typically used for both kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, it creates the perfect combination of classic and contemporary style. For a simple, fresh finish, complete the look with white, painted timber knobs. Or for a more elegant feel, consider black or brass handles.
When selecting flooring for a Hamptons style home, timber is the preferred option. If you would like to continue the soft colour palette, select a light, washed pine. However, if you’d prefer a more sophisticated look, opt for a dark shade that will contrast with the lighter Hamptons tones.
Lighting & accessories
Lighting is a vital element of a Hamptons design. Natural light should flow throughout the home, so keep window coverings to a minimum. If you add curtains, make sure they’re light or sheer to avoid blocking out light. White plantation shutters are also a popular choice. When it comes to lighting, a layered concept works beautifully. A striking chandelier creates a stunning focal point, while wall sconces and table lamps make a style statement of their own, casting a soft, inviting glow. When choosing accessories, look to nature, and in particular, the beach for inspiration, incorporating things like shells, coral, driftwood and sea glass into your decor.
Hamptons style feels refined yet relaxed, and the furniture you choose should also reflect this. Choose comfy, linen sofas, upholstered ottomans, as well as natural timber or rattan furniture. In the bedrooms, statement headboards and luxurious layered bedlinen work perfectly to create a Hamptons feel.
Pattern, texture & greenery
If you’d like to give the Hamptons neutral colour palette a little boost, consider adding pattern and texture. Materials like linen, jute, cotton, sisal and chunky wool carpet help add depth to a room. Think subtly patterned wallpaper in soft, tonal colours. Nautical stripes and florals work particularly well in a Hamptons design. Natural stone, limestone-look tiles and marble are also popular choices, while vintage mirrors and chrome light fixtures add an elegant touch. Complete the look with a selection of glossy, green indoor plants throughout your home. Greenery really brings the Hamptons look to life!