Inject a little Hamptons magic into your home this Summer

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. 

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Distressed wood and linen

Color Scheme

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.

Mimic the colors of the beach
Wood, white and blue


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.

Provincial cabinetry panelling
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French Provincial basin

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.

Oversized linen lounge
Wicker furniture


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.

Natural timber flooring scattered with jute rugs
Subtle marble tiles


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.

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Rattan Baskets

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.

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Wooden anchor wall art
bar lights
Antique nautical pendant lights

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.

Sea-inspired accessories
Sea-inspired accessories

White bedding is always a winner. Decorative cushions and throws are the easiest way to incorporate coastal elements in the bedroom.

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White bedding with a scattering of blue cushions
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Sandy yellows and pale blues

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.

Light filled entry hall

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