One of the most popular styles in interiors today, we hear about ‘Hamptons’ style constantly…and see plenty of it via celebrity insta-feeds showing off epic decks, grand beach houses and too-cool cocktail parties.
But for the rest of us, what exactly is Hamptons style – and how can you get the Hamptons look at home?
Start with colour
Perhaps the first thing to note about classic Hamptons style is the use of colour – or colours – and by that we mean nautical-inspired shades of blue and white. From pretty duck egg blue through chambray shades to traditional navy, white and blue hues epitomise Hamptons style.
To complement this cool, coastal palette, Hamptons interiors incorporate natural materials such as timeless timber, rattan, wicker and jute – then tie it all together with pale greys, accents of black and metallics such as polished or antique nickel or cool chrome.
While the Hamptons colour palette plays it pretty safe, you don’t need to stick with solid colour. Show off your playful side with prints, stripes, patterns and florals on bedding, cushions, throws or outdoor sofas.
Bring the outside in
The connection between your indoor and outdoor zones is key to achieving the Hamptons look, which translates just as well in Australian homes as it does on the US east coast.
An easy way to do this is by repeating the same colours and patterns outside as inside. For instance, if you have a nautical striped outdoor sofa on the patio, then use scatter cushions in the same striped fabric on your indoor sofa.
Art and photographs of coastal landscapes will help bring the outside in, while adding plenty of greenery – real or artificial (we can’t all be Jamie Durie) – indoors will help reinforce the connection between inside and out. Iconic blooms to feature in vases in the entrance or on a divine dining table are magnolias and fluffy hydrangeas.
And out on the deck itself, choose breezy hammocks, sun chairs, woven seats, and chunky throws for chilly nights.
Let there be light
Hamptons living is light and bright – think French doors and windows, bi-fold openings to bring the outdoors in and high raked ceilings. Now if you have all of these elements at home already (lucky you), then your area is set for Hamptons decorating, but if you don’t, there are a few stylist tips and tricks to lighten up your living space.
Mirrors are magic when it comes to creating the illusion of space and light, so try hanging an oversized mirror (or floor standing mirror) in an entryway, behind a sofa or dining table or opposite your outdoor living area to tie the two together. Another trick is to hang mirrors in triptych – three identical mirrors together – like an artwork, to multiply the impact.
White painted walls, light timber floors rather than dark-stained boards and glass-topped furniture – coffee tables and dining tables – are also great options to enhance the ‘airy’ feel in any space.