Creating a Hamptons Look
What is it about the Hamptons and Coastal look and interior design style that continues to capture the imagination, hearts and minds of homeowners? The coastal Long Island beauty is an interior style that is admired and emulated all over the world. Rich textures, soft colour palettes with subtle nods to nature from coral, seashells, to driftwood. So whats some of the essentials in creating a hamptons look?
A Hampton’s Look is defined by cool, classic and sophisticated design that meets casual beach vibes. Chic blues from baby, to navy and every shade in between, off-whites, and textured natural elements. Read on for 8 beautiful ways to create the ultimate Hamptons Look in your home.
1/ Celebrate Nature
Create the ultimate Hamptons Look by letting nature take centre stage in your space. Pops of greenery and florals, like magnolias, or for a more resort vibe, place large palm fronds in a vase, adding gorgeous green to balance the white walls. The use of natural materials like timber and rattan also helps bring the outside in like driftwood, reminiscent of the beach, or seashells collected on a walk along the shore.
2/ Keep it Classical and Comfortable
The traditional Hamptons look is focused on classic colours. Blue and white and their many hues are celebrated throughout. While there is a distinct air of elegance when it comes to the Hamptons, the style also needs to reflect the feeling of comfort. Use large lounges and occasional chairs to make your space feel welcoming and add texture with rugs, oversize cushions and beautiful throws.
Choose colours inspired by nature. Soft white, warm beige, aqua and cobalt blue work beautifully together, while vibrant coral colours work well with charcoal hues.
3/ The Devil is in the Detail
It’s important to pay attention to the finishing details, including mouldings, tiles and accessories, as these all add layers of rich texture and capture the attention of your guests.
When choosing pieces for your Hamptons space, it is crucial to be consistent and stay on message. Keep reminding yourself that the Devil is in the Detail!
4/ Party in the Hamptons
Entertaining and hosting parties is wildly popular in the Hamptons, especially during their summer season. A stunning glass display case is an ideal way to showcase your serving ware and accessories, and bar carts are making a big comeback. Use them as a side table when you’re not serving a signature cocktail at your next party.
5/ The Wonder of Rattan
Rattan is synonymous with A Hamptons or Coastal Look, and it is often painted white to show more of a beach look or for a modern Hamptons edge – black looks equally chic. Rattan can also be found as the material of choice for Occasional chairs, bed heads, or some more subtle elements like trays and baskets.
6/ Let there be light!
Whatever style you are going for, a variety of lamps throughout a space adds a subtle ambience to any rooms. For the Hamptons Look, look for medium to tall size bases in ceramic or wood and choose some overhead lighting such as pendant lighting over tables and dining areas to help illuminate key areas within your home. Don’t let lighting be an after thought. It can really make a space.
7/ Keep the colour consistent
Pick your palette and then the sky is the limit. Look to nature, think about the colours of the beach – blues, soft natural sandy tones, off-whites and turquoise.
8/ The Final Details
When it comes to furnishings and accessories, the Hamptons style lends itself perfectly to the casual feel of a beachside home or the formal look of a Hamptons mansion! For a more casual Hamptons feel, use indoor plants, baskets, exposed candles on a gorgeous tray, natural linen upholstery and throw rugs and cushions.
If you want to go for the more formal Hamptons Look, choose accessories with metallic finishes, grand vases full of fresh flowers, soft fabrics like velvet, and candles in large glass jars or bowls. Decorate side tables with stacks of books, topped with coral, a candle or small round ceramic.
However you choose to finish off your Hamptons Look home, whether it is formal or informal, the most crucial piece of advice is to create a space that YOU love. Choose parts that work for you and your family, and don’t take it too seriously, the best thing about this look, is there aren’t too many rules. Decide on your colours and then get shopping!
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