Interpreting Hamptons Style

One of the biggest design trends this decade with no sign of disappearing, the ‘Hamptons’ style is undoubtedly gorgeous. A term originally inspired by a group of coastal villages in upstate Long Island, the modern interpretation represents a casual yet modern and elegant coastal style. Living in our beautiful and enviable coastal location (or anywhere in our gorgeous country), it’s easy to see why this style has been embraced so fully and is the most requested design style yet!

So how do you introduce this style into your own home, without ending up with a cookie-cutter finish? Read on for our best tips…

Light & bright – the basis of Hampton’s style is a white or neutral background, generally in warm tones. Think Dulux Antique White USA or Resene Pearl Lusta for walls in soft satin finishes.

The blues – you can’t swing a cat in a Hamptons home without running in to at least 5 shades of blue! Perfect for accessories such as scatter cushions, layer various shades of blue with differing patterns to create a beautiful effect. If you want to mix up the colour a bit, try adding in some green – sea foam, aqua, mint – all work beautifully with blue and sit well with the Hamptons style.

Green with envy – indoor plants and greenery keep this style fresh. Large palms in rattan baskets and fresh cut foliage from the garden in glass vases look fabulous. Please – no fiddle leaf figs – it’s time to put that trend to rest!

Natural finishes – chunky wool throws and sublime neutral coloured linens go hand in hand with Hampton’s style, along with rich cottons in ticking stripes, classic florals and gingham check. Used wisely, these classics can look fabulous together – but let us help if you want to mix and match! Choosing natural finishes in hard surfaces are also key, such as stone and timber.

Entertaining – a key feature of a Hampton’s home is the focus on entertaining, so arrange layouts and furniture to encourage conversation. A large open plan kitchen, dining, living area is an ideal layout for this, as is a standout outdoor living space with comfortable furniture for lounging as well as dining.

Statement lights – try glass pendants in traditional shapes over the kitchen island, wall sconces and various table and floor lamps, all in traditional finishes such as glass, timber and brass.

Furniture – soft upholstered occasional chairs, large linen slip covered sofas, light timber furniture left natural or with a painted finish in black or white – all work well within this style. Don’t forget to layer with luxurious rugs in natural finishes such as jute, wool and silk.

Treasured pieces – a subtle mix of old and new pieces create interest. Weathered timber furniture against fresh white walls, an antique rattan picnic basket sitting on a modern marble benchtop, black and white photos grouped together in old frames… you get the idea. When executed well, this mix of old and new gives authenticity and character.

We hope our little tips help you interpret this much loved style. If you need assistance creating a classic yet modern coastal aesthetic for your home, please contact us – we’d be delighted!