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Whether we’re talking a simple refresh or a full-scale remodel, kitchens are an area of our homes where we tend to be a little cautious. To this, we say: Hamptons style kitchen. Think of Hamptons style as the luxe big sister of more relaxed coastal style. Inspired by the grand beach house retreats on Long Island, New York, Hamptons style is classic, chic and sits at the sweet spot of refined and relaxed living. In other words, it’s absolutely perfect for Australian kitchens. Let’s take some inspiration from the East Coast of the United States and see how to bring the look home. Because the classics never go out of style.  


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The first place to start is the colour palette. Hamptons style is a celebration of white in its many hues, as well as touches of duck egg blue, grey and even black. A range of blues and select greens such as Hunter Green can also sing in a Hamptons kitchen. We are thinking about colours that reflect the ocean and give a counterpoint to white. A timber floor in either dark or light wood is characteristic of Hamptons style kitchens and choosing flooring which echoes the colours of the native vegetation in your area is a gorgeous way to introduce some local flavour. The effect is classic and airy rather than traditional, and all that glorious white amplifies light and bounces it around the room, meaning this is a look that will work for kitchens large and small.



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Kitchen island bars are a mainstay of Hamptons kitchen style. They certainly tick a lot of boxes bringing extra storage, extra bench spaces and extra social space - three key elements you can never have enough of in any kitchen. It also leads us to the next two ingredients you need for a timeless Hamptons kitchen.



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An oversized pendant light hanging above an island bench is the chance to dial up the grandeur and opulence, which is what the style is well known for, after all. No matter how far you are from Long Island, lantern lights, glass pendants and even chandeliers all work well in a Hamptons style kitchen.



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If you have a kitchen island bar and a gorgeous pendant light hanging above, bar stools are the final element to bring the whole look together. Ideally, your bar stool line up will look great, be comfortable and invite people to gather. Whitewashed or natural wooden stools or woven, bistro-style stools are Hamptons style classics that will bring the look home. Look for stools with a clean, unobtrusive design to keep the space looking uncluttered and fresh, essential for those easy-breezy, airy feels.



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If you are dreaming of designing your kitchen around the effortlessly chic Hamptons lifestyle, there are a few finishing touches for bonus Hamptons style points. You don’t need to go too OTT with accessories, a little bit goes a long way. A bunch of hydrangeas or fruit bowl on the bench and some oceanic or nautical themed art can be all you need here.  


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