Two of the hottest words in the interior design world this Summer is ‘Hamptons Style’. On the eastern end of Long Island, NY, lie the beachside towns that comprise the Hamptons. Awash with multi-million dollar beachside mansions and idyllic coastal cottages, the Hamptons’ luxurious coastal lifestyle is typically reserved for the rich and famous. The Hamptons is where luxurious sophistication meets relaxed living – but the good news is, you don’t need a millionaires bank account to enjoy the character and timeless elegance of Hamptons style.
This classic decorating style never goes out of fashion. By investing in a few key pieces of furniture, you can successfully execute the Hamptons beach style in your own home in a way that will remain fashionable for years to come.
Hamptons style is all about off-whites, creams and beiges, interspersed with generous splashes of blue. Mimic the beach in your color palette by accessorising with pale blues, greys, yellows and greens. Navy blue and white stripes are forever popular.
Hamptons style combines elements of French Provincial style and rustic coastal/country. Avoid ornate and overly decorative furniture – keep it relatively simple. Traditional wood furniture, with a distressed stain or whitewash finish is preferable. Balance vintage finds with contemporary finishes. Mix and match with wicker and rattan furniture to bring the outdoors in.
Natural fabrics are key – avoid suede and leather. Instead opt for linen and cotton for a fresh, beachy feel. Linen upholstery evokes a sense of casual elegance and blends seamlessly with natural wood finishes and coastal-inspired decor. Cabinetry panelling carries the Hamptons theme into your kitchen or bathroom.
Classic American oak furniture is a cornerstone of the Hamptons trend, tying seamlessly into the old-meets-new theme that the Hamptons style boasts. For example, a solid oak dining table or bed frame are key pieces around which you can build your Hamptons theme.
In the Hamptons, bigger is always better. Opt for an oversized lounge, or an oversized dining table as focal points. The living area is the heart of every Hamptons home as a means to cater for guests and entertaining.
In the Hamptons distressed timber flooring, scattered with sisal, jute or seagrass rugs make dealing with sand a breeze. For kitchens and bathrooms avoid dark or flamboyant tiles and countertops. Instead choose white subway tiles and grey marble (in small doses)… subtlety is key.
A well-accessorised Hamptons home combines contemporary style with rustic finishes. Layer your home with rugs, cushions, oversized lamps and artwork that emphasise coastal influences (coral/seashell/nautical patterns and accessories.) Rattan baskets and furniture are a practical and affordable way to bring a beachy feel to your home.
One of the Hamptons many luxuries includes antiquing. Achieve this look in your own home by getting creative with vintage finds. Whether it be a chic lamp, an eye catching piece of furniture or an artful sculpture. Employ a ‘hero’ piece for each room with a strong coastal flavour – e.g. anchors, nautical flags/buoys, fishing nets, surfboards, oars etc.
Display accessories tastefully and purposefully. A true Hamptons home is impeccably presented and never cluttered. Ward away clutter with rattan baskets or antique-style chests and cabinets.
White bedding is always a winner. Decorative cushions and throws are the easiest way to incorporate coastal elements in the bedroom.
Natural light is the most important accessory in any home, especially a Hamptons home. Avoid heavy and overly-decorative curtains or blinds. Instead fresh linen and cotton curtains or rattan, jute, reed blinds maximise natural light and can also provide adequate privacy.