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Hamptons style is a trend we have, as a country, fully embraced. It is easy to see why this timeless and yet relaxed style is something we covet for our own homes, especially given our climate. Hamptons style is more casual than traditional classic interiors but retains a luxurious appeal with a nod to coastal elements, generous proportions, muted tones and refined elegance this look has a definition all of its own.
The reason Hamptons style has been so popular, perhaps, is the ease with which it can be incorporated into many homes. Despite generally aspiring to more generous space, this look can be created by making some adjustments to your interior. We have put together our best tips to help you achieve the Hamptons look.
1. Create space
No matter where you live, you can create the look and feel of space. Strip your space back, adding crisp white walls and open living spaces. Whitewashed or contrasting floors in a dark stain can open up or give the space depth dependent on what you need to achieve. Add sheer curtains and reflective surfaces to create the illusion of space. Make the most of natural light where possible, but adding refined table and floor lamps can add more lighting where required.
Image 1: Huntington Lane Classic Roll Arm Sofa | Image 2: The DIY Decorator: Real Hamptons style
2. Casual elegance
Typical Hamptons style is timeless and elegant; however it must be inviting. Choose classic styled furniture that is open and comfortable, something you feel relaxed in. Choose natural fabrics, linen is ideal, and pair with contemporary or contrasting occasional chairs. Adding Oak timber furniture can bring warmth to the space.
3. Bring the outside in
Combining natural materials and décor help to complete this look. Adding texture with sisal or jute rugs, potted plants, rattan accessories, woven baskets or a piece of coral ensure your space feels tranquil and welcoming.
Vintage pantry label tins, $29.95 each. Picture: Hamptons Home
4. Adding colour.
Hamptons colour palette is muted and subtle. The use of blues, such as duck egg, turquoise and navy, is common to acknowledge the coastal influence, however you are not limited to these. Our love of grey isn’t lost on this look with dove grey and faded charcoal a popular choice, as well as layering with natural tones - stone, beige and sandy creams.
5. Make a statement.
No matter if it is with your generous sized sofa or your choice of accessories, this look welcomes a statement. Pendant lighting is a great way to do this. By adding a chandelier in timber beads or oversized pendants in rattan or wicker you will leave a lasting impression with your home.
Article by Liz Barrett; writer, marketer and mother..
The Era of Statement Furniture
The 18th century and the early 19th century brought the world French Provincial and Baroque furniture. The wealthy people of this era were especially proud and desired to show off their wealth through furniture. French Country furniture showed how decadent the wealthy were.
Every furniture piece was lavished with intricate, ornate, and delicate designs and patterns. You can relive that era with signature piece furniture from Huntington Lane. Floral patterns like fleur-de-lis, roses, fruit, and curves and swirls that gave this period furniture timeless character.
The bedroom was one of the rooms with a focal point on fascinating, detailed French-inspired designs. Beds, dressers, chests, mirrors, side tables, and other timeless pieces were used to create beautiful bedrooms. You, too can experience a fancy bedroom with a French bed and create the atmosphere you desire in the boudoir.
What is your ideal French Bed?
Choosing your ideal Provincial Era furniture is a matter of personal taste and style. It helps to have a few tips and ideas for choosing bedroom furniture pieces.
First, decide what bedroom for which you are selecting a bed. If it’s a small bedroom, your best option is to choose a single or king-single sized bed. Medium bedrooms can accommodate double or queen beds. Finally, if you’re searching for a French Provincial bed for a larger master suite, you have plenty of room for a queen or king sized bed. What you don’t want is a bed that takes up more space in the room, taking away from the desired interior design effect.
Once you know the size, you get to choose the style you want. It is also important to choose French accent furniture and pieces to go with your French-inspired bedroom.
Upholstered French linen beds by Coco Republic allow you to create an updated French-style bedroom. For people who want the antique look without searching for antique beds, this is a wonderful style for the bedroom.
Black Velvet upholstered beds are elegant, luxurious, and polished pieces for the boudoir. Velvet material is graceful and retro for bedroom décor.
Vintage leather reproduction trunks in Timothy Oulton style are the perfect selection for adding design accents to your rustic, modern, or vintage bedroom decor. Reproductions of vintage leather trunks, master suite chairs, leather desks, and chests are available in the Vintage Leather Collection at Huntington Lane Furniture.
Restoration Hardware cabinets make a statement in your bedroom that allow you to show off trinkets, books, or simply your great taste in French furniture. The muted, neutral tones of this furniture offer a lot of freedom with throw pillows, area rugs, and other statement accents you want for your bedroom.Quality and value are two factors to consider when you are buying French Country beds and timeless furniture pieces. Wholesale Furniture from Huntington Lane in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and Tasmania offers you value, selection, and quality you’re looking for in period furniture.
Linen /ˈlɪnᵻn/ is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
Many products are made of linen: aprons, bags, towels (swimming, bath, beach, body and wash towels), napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and men's and women's wear.
The word linen is of West Germanic origin and cognate to the Latin name for the flax plant, linum, and the earlier Greek λινόν (linón). This word history has given rise to a number of other terms in English, most notably line, from the use of a linen (flax) thread to determine a straight line.
Textiles in a linen weave texture, even when made of cotton, hemp and other non-flax fibers, are also loosely referred to as "linen". Such fabrics generally also have their own specific names, for example fine cotton yarn in a linen-style weave is called Madapolam.
The collective term "linens" is still often used generically to describe a class of woven or knitted bed, bath, table and kitchen textiles traditionally made of linen. In the past, "linens" also referred to lightweight undergarments such as shirts, chemises, waist-shirts, lingerie (a word also cognate with linen), and detachable shirt collars and cuffs, all of which were historically made almost exclusively out of linen. The inner layer of fine composite cloth garments (as for example jackets) was traditionally made of linen, hence the word lining.
Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years. Fragments of straw, seeds, fibers, yarns, and various types of fabrics dating to about 8000 BC have been found in Swiss lake dwellings. Dyed flax fibers found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia suggest the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000 BP.
Linen was sometimes used as currency in ancient Egypt. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth. Some of these fabrics, woven from hand-spun yarns, were very fine for their day, but are coarse compared to modern linen. In 1923 the German city Bielefeld issued banknotes printed on linen. Today, linen is usually an expensive textile produced in relatively small quantities. It has a long "staple" (individual fiber length) relative to cotton and other natural fibers.
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Your home furnishings say a lot about you and your personal style. If you want your home to reflect your personality, French Country furniture is a nostalgic and elegant option. Wholesale French Furniture from Huntington Lane in Sydney has what you need to add a touch of class and character to your home.
French Provincial furniture is perfect in every room in your home, or even in specific rooms of your choice. If you think French Country style is too fancy for your home, it’s not. While this 18th century French-inspired furniture is elegant, beautiful, and luxurious, it’s also warm, charming, inviting, and rustic. It also blends quite well with a variety of other traditional, contemporary, and modern furniture styles. Wholesale Furniture saves you money over paying retail prices, yet provides you with the same value, quality, and range of options.
The Living Room
Usually the first room people see is your living room. Living room furniture includes pieces like sofas, tables, chairs, and ottomans. French Country sofas like the Sofa Chesterfield Kensington feature 100 per cent linen cover and American Oak wood feet. The Tufted Oak Slipper Chair from Huntington Lane is a great match for the sofa. A Natural Lime Wash Oak Coffee Table would make a wonderful addition to your French Country style living room.
The Dining Room
French Provincial furniture adds character and style whether your dining room is informal or formal. Wholesale French Furniture in Brisbane offers a good selection of dining room chairs and tables. The Louis XV Dining Chair has a lime wash finish on American Oak wood and is ideal for creating an elegant yet rustic look in the dining room. This look is wildly popular in modern Australian homes.
Nothing says romance like French Interior Design in the bedroom. French beds are elegantly designed and luxurious. Who wouldn’t like to sleep in luxury? The Josephine Bed radiates majestic beauty wrapped up in a 19th century French-inspired antique reproduction. The pattern features hand-carved scrolls and rosettes in birch hardwood, distressed turquoise finish, and beautifully upholstered French linen weave. This is surely a gorgeous statement piece for the bedroom. You can find such a piece at our Huntington Lane Wholesale Furniture location in Adelaide. The bed sizes include king single, queen, and king.
After you select your French Country statement furniture, you can pick up the perfect accent pieces. Vintage Leather chairs, chests, side tables, and trunks in Timothy Oulton style add a touch of chic and fashionable charm to any room in your home. You have a whole range of unique vintage leather from which to choose when you shop at Wholesale Furniture locations in Tasmania.No matter what room you want to decorate in French Country décor, our Huntington Lane Wholesale Furniture location in Perth, and other areas of Australia, has the furniture and accent pieces you need. French Provincial designed furniture never goes out of style and always adds character and charm to every room in your home.
There was a time when furniture was used to make statements of wealth and decadence, resulting in rich and lavish pieces. This gorgeous collection from Huntington Lane evokes the mentality of those times with French Provincial inspired pieces; a classic bed frame is given a polished black modern twist, and occasional and dining chairs of beautiful timber are upholstered with luxury in mind. This furniture will make an opulent statement and bring majesty to your home interior. Add some timeless style to your home with this stunning range of furniture from Huntington Lane.Sale Ends 7th April 2015