Have you been inspired by beautiful, Hamptons-style home decor and want the same design elements in your home? Neale Whitaker shares his tips and advice for creating the ultimate resort lifestyle.
Not only has it been around for decades and outlived other decorating trends, the Hamptons look is still as popular as ever. According to Porter Davis World Of Style, the Hamptons is the most popular design style for the past five years, with 30.5 per cent of Australians identifying their favourite interiors style as 'classic', beating out contemporary and designer living.
"The Hamptons look is a very popular and enduring style, and it’s one that works particularly well with the Australian climate, light and lifestyle," says design guru, Neale Whitaker.
Blue hues, crisp white features and a light, bright feel is what Hamptons-inspired decor is all about.
"To me, it’s a more classic version of the beach house," says Neale. "Predominantly with white and blue accents, but you can interpret Hamptons style in many different ways," he says.
"What works so well about the Hamptons look is that it kind of fits in with predominant trends of the moment, such as painted floorboards," says Neale.
Layering rugs on top of white-washed or pained floorboards is also a great and inexpensive way to 'Hamptons-up' your home.
The power of accessories
You can bring in the style elements with accessories, rather than big items of furniture, which can be costly.
Blue and white lamps or artwork, as well as a touch of gold or brass here and there, can really set the mood in your space.
"I think of Hamptons as an eclectic mix of things, some preloved and some new, put together in a colour palette that revolves around a background of white. That’s the key. A very lived-in feel with an indoor-outdoor flow," says Neale.
If you are looking to include some Hamptons styling in your home, there are any number of ways to do this.
Look to add white-washed furniture or white wood accessories. Pair your bigger items with plush, luxurious seating and of course, a lot of soft furnishings to give your space an air of elegance and light.
However, it's important not to overcrowd or over style your space, so that it looks too generic.
"My advice with any look is to never go the whole hog," says Neale. "I would never advise anybody to go 100 per cent with one look. I think it’s always much more interesting if you incorporate elements of a certain style."
So, you don't need to become a slave to any one style. Select your favourite elements from a decor trend and put your own spin on it.