We're a long way away from the iconic East Coast destination, but Hamptons-inspired design is a perfect fit for the Australian weather and way of life.
Forget stainless steel, harsh industrial lines or minimalism, Hamptons style is all about ease, plenty of texture, and a calming colour palette that's gentle on the eye.
Derived from the affluent classic seaside region of Long Island, the Hamptons style balances the timeless elements of 1920’s grace and elegance, with a more relaxed coastal aesthetic.
Creating Hamptons style on the outside
If you're building anew, here are four key external elements that characterise the Hamptons style and should be considered in the build:
1. Weatherboard style cladding: Traditionally wooden, thankfully today’s weatherboards offer lower maintenance than their predecessors. Typically made of fibre cement instead of high-maintenance timber, and used horizontally, modern weatherboards look stunning painted in the soft blues, dove greys and silky creams associated with the Hamptons style.
2. Distinctive masculine exterior: Stately columns, pediments, and ox-eye windows are typical.
3. Natural light: Plenty of well-positioned large windows combined with glass sliding doors, or French doors with wide white frames complete the Hamptons look.
4. Gabled roof: Whether open or closed gable, single or multiple, ornate or simplistic, this distinctive feature has great street appeal, while still being a practical solution for creating a little shade.
Bayville 49, Brighton East, VIC.
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Creating Hamptons style on the inside
Additionally too, when it comes to interiors there are four key elements that will recreate the Hamptons aesthetic.
1. Shaker style cabinetry: Shaker cabinetry has traditional lines and is revered for its simplicity, functionality, and durability. It should be replicated across all wet areas of the home. To reinforce the Hamptons theme you may opt for ‘shell handles’ or an aged, antique-look brass knob on the cabinetry.
2. Natural materials: Wooden floors and textured natural fibres such as linen are prominent, as well as interior staircases featuring timber treads and white risers.
3. White colour palette: Loved for its reflective quality and simplicity, extensive use of white is crucial to achieving the Hamptons look. Pale greys, bleached timbers, neutrals, and a slick of duck egg blue may also be incorporated.
4. Texture: Create personality and life in your space with accessories. Layer your room with cushions, throws, baskets, hurricane lamps, and art to evoke coastal or nautical elements and give your rooms a comfortable, lived-in feel.
Metro 31, Calderwood, NSW. Photographs may depict fixtures, finishes and features not supplied by Metricon such as landscaping and fencing.
Hamptons style furniture and accessories
When it comes to furnishing your Hamptons style home, choose generous sofas, either upholstered in natural fabrics such as linens for a more dressed up look, or rattan and wicker for a casual beach feel. Avoid square edge and modular sofas in leathers and stiff fabrics.
Use chandeliers over a dining table or in a stairwell to introduce the luxe elegance. Ambiance is easily created with paired table lamps in bedrooms and living spaces. For a more beachy look, try a shell table lamp or shades in crackled porcelain or metal.
The key is to use symmetry and balance to create a warm and inviting space. This is best achieved by starting with the large pieces in each room first—by making one piece the hero. Choose a clean contemporary piece as your focal point and then add some layers of rustic imperfect pieces and collectibles.
This article was brought to you by Metricon.
More ideas for Hamptons style interiors can be found in Metricon’s Southampton Lookbook.
Metricon has a number of Hamptons style home designs for new home builders. They are currently on display at Bayville 49 - Brighton East, VIC; Metro 31 – North Macquarie, NSW; and Balmaine 51 – Helensvale, QLD.
Top Image - Balmaine Kitchen Helensvale - Photographs may depict fixtures, finishes, and features not supplied by Metricon such as landscaping and fencing.