AUSTRALIAN BEACH STYLE INTERIOR - HOW TO TAKE A LAID-BACK APPROACH ON THE DISTINCTIVE HAMPTONS STYLE
While chic, sophisticated Hamptons style beach homes fill the pages of interior magazines, the stylings are different to our Australian aesthetic.
We too are fans of the Hamptons style beach aesthetic, except that we have put a uniquely Australian twist on it. With its down to earth relaxed appeal, soothing hues and appreciation of all things sea, sun and sand, this beach style is quintessentially Australian. Want to know more? We have rounded up all you need to know about Australian beach style and how to get your home looking beach chic with not a nautical symbol in sight!
The true Hamptons style is all about minimalist colours: white walls and floors with accent colours of navy or duck egg blue. We are fortunate in Australia to have such beautiful and dominant natural light throughout our landscape and the coastal regions are no exception.
To enhance this natural light and create instant beachy vibes in your interiors, start with a backdrop of muted, colour palettes of soft grey, sandy yellow, bleached white, pastel green and dusty blue, all colours that reflect the Australian coastal landscape.
Milky whites and vanilla tones work perfectly to create a cool, relaxed and calm background for coastal inspired colour pops such as muted sea greens and blues or even deeper inky navy tones. Introduce colour via furnishings and accessories, and let neutral tones be your consistent theme.
To bring comfort and warmth into a beach chic colour palette look no further than the natural coastal environment for inspiration. Think rustic wood in an array of natural or stained tones, seagrass wallpapers and plenty of muted greys from natural stone or concrete.
Keep flooring in soft neutral tones such as polished or whitewashed floorboards and naturally woven carpets made from sisal, seagrass or wool in colours of sand, taupe, brown or cream - fresh and very welcomed additions to the classic American style.
Use bright colour pops alongside these more neutral tones by adding bold coloured planter pots, linen, towels, feature art or even the odd surfboard or two. Whilst not as rigid in the blue and white colour scheme set forwards by Classic Hamptons style, there is many a subtle, chic nod towards it throughout Australian Hampton's style interiors. Try to stick to this coastal-inspired palette and you will connect the interiors of your home with the surrounding environment.
2. NATURAL FURNITURE
Touches of wood and natural textures are integral to the Hamptons style and for creating those fabulous beachy vibes, which should feel comfortable and relaxed, combining the rustic comfort and practicality of a seaside shack with the relaxed glamour of a high-end retreat.
Here in Australia, we have an abundance of rustic hardwoods, be it weathered, raw, stained or painted white, and natural textures that are perfect for creating this Australian, Hamptons-inspired aesthetic.
From untreated or recycled floorboards, native tree trunk stools and exquisite bamboo furnishings right through to the softest of merino fibres, the Australian take on this look is everything the classic is and so much more. The Australians really aren't afraid to bring the outside in, so think driftwood feature pieces, collected beach treasures, plenty of greenery, cane and rattan furnishings, rustic timers and sisal or jute floor rugs. Not only are these materials beautiful in themselves, they look even more exquisite when paired back with all the natural lighting that is the defining feature of Hamptons style and one of the most breathtaking things about the Australian landscape.
Consider timber dining tables and chairs, coffee tables, bookshelves, stools, side tables and bed heads - any room will benefit from some beautiful timber furniture in an array of different finishes. Lounges should be oversized and invitingly comfortable, there is no room for stiff or stuffy formal furnishings in this look! Upholster lounges in calico or linen fabrics for added texture or use removable neutral tone slipcovers that make living with a light colour scheme a lot easier and more enjoyable! Larger pieces such as sideboards, bed heads and tv cabinets work well in washed grey timber tones, providing that aged effect and subtle hints towards that well lived in, easy breezy beach aesthetic. Leather ottomans and butterfly chairs, knotted single hammocks and cane chairs are a fabulous way to add character and some relaxed boho vibes to your beach interior look. Relaxed and practical with a nod towards modern design is key when selecting furnishing for the Australian beach chic interior.
Accessories are used in the Hamptons style home to add personality, colour and to evoke that coastal feel. That said, traditionally Hampton's style interiors are fairly minimalist, uncluttered and styled with carefully considered sophisticated and timeless pieces - the Australian take on this classic style is slightly more relaxed but equally as chic. Create that relaxed coastal vibe with small, subtle nods that will have more impact and are instantly chicer than an abundance of shells or driftwood. Think washed back picture frames, coastal-inspired artworks or photographs, ceramics in ocean-inspired hues and tactile woven wall hangings. If you do love to collect beach-combed treasure why not show them off in a chic rustic timber display box leant casually against the wall, placed on a sideboard or hung at perfect feature height to create a real beach chic statement piece that is ever evolving.
To get the real Australian beach style don't forget to add in some storage providing woven wicker baskets and large indoor plants that work so well within the beach chic Australian Hamptons style, helping to blur the line between the inside and the outside whilst adding in drama and vibrancy. Their deep green foliage acts as a beautiful contrast to the colour scheme of white, blues and greys consistent with this styles aesthetic, so when it comes to adding in plants the more is the merrier!
Due to the terrific range of weather in Australia, we are big fans of layering textiles and this offers a fabulous way to introduce colour and texture into a predominately neutral colour scheme. From luxurious throws draped over reading chairs to sumptuously linen clad beds the Australians are ingenious at getting the mix of natural furnishings, raw linen, soft wool and beachcombed treasures oh so right. Soft furnishings are a fantastic way to add in pockets of colour and warmth, from throws to curtains and cushions, ensure they are both considered and plentiful! Rugs impart a strong organic touch that differentiates the Australian beach style from its more formal American counterpart and they just are the perfect accessory to use in the beach chic interior as they offer a way to introduce colour and texture into an otherwise neutral colour scheme. Open weave rugs in natural fibres work well in every room and can look particularly fabulous when layered up. However, if you are inspired to add in a more eclectic look, try using a boucherouite or kilim rug for an injection of colour and instant style cred.
While the traditional American style Hamptons home is beautiful, it isn't a touch on the unique Australian version filled with its raw beachy vibes, inspired tones, natural materials and an abundance relaxed Australian attitude! So it is always best to opt for natural materials and textures such as merino wools, wicker, rattan, bamboo, textured linens and tactile cotton. Think breathtakingly beautiful but not too precious to live with! As long as you stay true to the quintessential Australian connection with the ocean and its landscape your home will sing happily with chic beachy style.