The Hamptons style is in. This ocean-inspired style has resonated with many Aussies, especially for beach-side properties, but also to bring that coastal feel to homes all over the country. And what’s not to love? The bright, light and whitewashed look offers the perfect balance between sophisticated and relaxed. Yet, it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make it happen with your next renovation! Read on to find out how to get the Hamptons look with your next home renovation.
What is the Hamptons Look?
Let’s kick things off by defining what we’re talking about when we talk about the Hamptons look. The Hamptons style originated from the luxury holiday homes in the seaside communities of the eastern beaches on Long Island, New York. Some key characteristics of the Hamptons look include the use of timber, crisp whites, airy spaces, nautical elements and natural textures. Timber, glass and metal are the main materials featured in Hamptons-style homes.
From a renovator’s perspective, the Hamptons style means white, white and more white. A touch of colour here and there is added later on with furniture and décor. In this article, we’ll show you how to get the Hamptons look in your home, working from the outside in.
Let’s start with how to get the Hamptons look when renovating the exterior of your home.
How to Get the Hamptons Look: Exterior of the Home
The most iconic element of a Hamptons-style home is the white weatherboard façade. The clean lines of weatherboard in a crisp white colour are bound to give any home an elegant facelift, and it could cost less than you might think! Weatherboards come with different price tags, and if you’re not willing to invest in them just yet, you could also just paint your home fresh. Think white paint with navy or black accents.
Another simple way of doing the Hamptons look on the exterior of your home is giving your door a fresh coat of paint. We recommend contrasting it with the walls, for example, if your walls are white, paint the door in navy or black.
Now, let’s move onto the interior of the home!
How to Get the Hamptons Look: Interior of the Home
When renovating the inside of your home in the Hamptons style, getting the colour palette right is key. The Hamptons look is famous for putting white-on-white. Alternatively, go for a soft, coastal-inspired palette with blue, grey or cream tones. The blue can range anywhere from navy to baby blue, and you could also go with grey tones such as duck egg blue or mint green.
Remember the finish of the paint matters too – we recommend a low sheen finish.
Another classic element of a Hamptons-style home is panelling the interior walls in white. Wall panels in vertical lines give the interior of your home that beachy feel that the Hamptons style is all about.
Fixtures and fittings
When it comes to fixtures and fittings, such as taps and handles, go for classic choices that won’t go out of style. Brass, black or gold contrasts well with the white surfaces.
Hardwood floorboards are the most typical flooring you’ll find in a Hamptons style home. A dark timber floor will create a beautiful contrast with the majority-white interiors, keeping the look classic.
While timber floor can be more on the expensive side, there are many options on the market that give that timber look on a budget. For example, you can achieve a similar look with more affordable timber-look vinyl or laminate flooring.
Hamptons-style homes are known for their large windows, letting in lots of natural light. The windows are typically covered with plantation shutters, which suit the Australian climate perfectly.
Timber is once again the material to go for, but there are also PVC shutters on the market that look just like timber to the untrained eye. For the full Hamptons look, we recommend you paint the shutters in – you guessed it – white.
The kitchen is the most quintessential room in the home to do up in the Hamptons style, so it gets its own section! If you don’t want to do a full renovation, revamping the kitchen in Hamptons-style is a great place to start.
White, shaker-style cabinets define the Hamptons-look in the kitchen. You could also go for glass-paned doors to feature a different material. Match the kitchen island to the cabinets by choosing white timber or stone for the material.
Finish off the kitchen space with a feature splashback using white subway tiles and pendant lights above the kitchen island.
Helping you with your dream Hamptons renovation
With these quintessential aspects of the Hamptons home, you update your home in the iconic look, no matter what your budget.
Not sure where to start? Renovating your home should be an exciting time, but it can also feel daunting. That’s why Bay 2 Bay Group is here to help. We’re a trusted Brisbane home improvement and renovations business, bringing you quality renovation services at affordable rates. From the kitchen to the laundry and bathroom, we’re experts in both design and execution, working with you to make the home of your dreams a reality.
Contact us today for your free site measure and design consultation.