Hamptons is a classic decorating style, which essentially is a very elegant beach house. After a busy day in a modern world, the Hamptons interior remains a timeless decor style that is comfortably relaxed within todays 'modern classic' homes. It’s fresh and light in it’s disposition and is full of warmth and character: the perfect mix between ‘old meets new’ and 'comfort meets elegance'.
A style recognised with effortless elegance, eclecticism, class with a understated grandeur. Derived and inspired from the Hamptons region of Long Island in New York - a popular destination among the affluent, It embodies the best of classic decorating with rustic influences.
- Bright and White – Hamptons is by the beach, so to evoke the feeling of air, breeze, lightness, and nature, stick to all thing’s white and finishes slightly on the more raw side. Consider using crisp white paint colours or neutral tones at quarter strength. Select aged or rustic flooring that has a slightly beaten up, limewashed or with a distressed finish. You can also use Oak with a washed finish. Natural Linen upholstery on sofas and chairs, some in loose covers, evoke a sense of relaxation and casual elegance. Wicker furniture with a hand painted white finishes. Navy Blue and White Stripe fabrics are forever popular.
- Mix it Up – Hamptons usually sits on the more eclectic side of things when it comes to furnishings and decor. Typically, it borrows largely from French Provincial and Art Deco and Nouveau periods with a casually elegant twist . The furniture in a Hamptons home blends vintage pieces are equally balanced with contemporary furniture such as square profile sofas, plain bedheads, industrial and naturally inspired lighting and window treatments. Washed oak, scrubbed pine, weathered metal and understated stone compliment a Hamptons home that's welcoming to any family. Relax a room with a coffee or dining table in white washed finish or introduce sea foam green or duck egg blue. Dining chairs can be classic styles with plain linen chair covers. The key here is to balance the old with the new- never underestimate the character a slightly tatty leather club chair will bring into a special corner space. The Hamptons home should have the resulting feel of a quality collection, never contrived.
- All in the detail – Feature lighting can be one of the best ways to tell the Hamptons story at home. Opt for clear glass with either iron or pewter fittings. Match the lighting to the scale of the room- a metal chandelair encrusted with cut crystal drops will look amazing in white panelled open living space. Brass and rose gold are not commonly used. This also applies for things like handles and knobs on kitchen cabinets and storage. If you are embarking on a new kitchen, opt for some paneling or board detailing on the doors, zinc or soapstone benchtops with an industrially inspired faucet.
- Nature’s Touch - Remember that Hamptons is associated with the ocean, so find ways to incorporate some natural, beach elements into your home. Again, it’s all a balancing act - don't hoard tacky beach signs and figurines. On your travels, collect sea shells and display them in tasteful arrangements in serving bowls, butlers trays, or bedside tables. Indoor foliage when potted into classic. whitewashed toned urns and baskets will brighten areas, breathing life into rooms and compliment the light and airy atmosphere of the Hamptons. Invest in a stunning natural fibre rug such as sisal, woven jute or abaca reed to provide texture and confort underfoot.
- Whimsical Windows – Important in achieving a Hamptons look, use generously appointed curtains and drapes ranging in natural linens, cottons or elegant, understated silks for more formal rooms. Hinged shutters in wide, white painted timber bring the ultimate sense of Hamptons style to any room, whilst providing the options of filtered light, opening wide or total privacy. To add warmth and character consider woven timber roman and roller blinds.