April 23 2017
The Hamptons Beach Style is a popular look that is derived from the Hamptons, the holiday destination of the rich, north of New York. Think Diane Keaton’s house in the movie “Somethings Got to Give”.
It is a classic look that never goes out of style and has been embraced by Australia for its twist on our beach look. Typically it is a casual beach look that is more polished than we are used to however we have adapted this look with our own Australian take on it.
So how does one create the Hamptons look in their home?
Start with light colours on your walls (think Dulux Natural White, Quarter White Duck, Resene Quarter Spanish White). Light colours are a fabulous backdrop to keep things light and breezy. It is also a safe start for those who are not confident using colour.
Texture is important. Think linens, sisal, wicker, cane and wood. They add the casual warmth that is a critical ingredient. Start with wood flooring, a key part of the Hamptons look, from washed wood through to warmer darker tones. Layer a sisal rug, linen sofas, and wicker or cane chairs on top. Add a rustic wood coffee table, bamboo blinds and sheer curtains.
For a truly Hamptons look, it is important to think beyond paint on the walls and consider tongue and groove/bead boarding on the walls. Alternatively board and batten again for that extra texture in what will be quite a neutral environment.
Metal is another important textural element to contrast to the casual warmth of the previous textures. Chose original hardware like brass or polished nickel handles. Add wrought iron lighting in rustic brown or black.
Accessorise with natural elements like plants (key), use Fiddle Leaf Figs, Strelitzias and palms. They also add a fabulous splash of colour. Consider other wildlife like shells, marine life and birds. These could be a jar full of shells or coral pieces, however you can also add these in the pictures you chose to add to your walls.
What about colour? Of course you need colour. Think soft blues and greens, watery colours. Add navy (used sparsely – it’s all about soft colours), soft greys and sand colours. Add these in the form of lamps, cushions, stripes in rugs, throws, and chair covers for example.
And lastly, and probably most importantly is natural light. Not always an option but big windows bath a room in sunlight and turn soft colours from drab to fab. If you don’t have this option maybe consider skylights. The natural light will make you feel happier and more alive naturally.