Posted by Cameron Sinclair

 

Image from Andersons

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..