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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAMPTONS STYLE

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Combining the sophisticated elegance of New York with the relaxed charm of coastal living, Hamptons style is the perfect blend of tranquillity and ambience, with a subtle nod to the nautical that evokes a luxe beachy vibe. To give you all the chic, breezy inspiration you need to get the Hamptons look, we explore what gives the style its unique character, and how to choose the right furnishings to make every day feel like a Hamptons holiday in your own home.

 

WHAT IS HAMPTONS STYLE?

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Characterised by its relaxed coastal sophistication, the Hamptons style is inspired by architecture and décor of the popular American seaside areas of North and South Hampton, the much-loved summer playground of wealthy New Yorkers. But while its namesake is a small slice of upstate New York, the Hamptons style has global charm. A Hamptons-style home will feel light, bright and airy, filling you with a sense of tranquillity and calm. It has a fresh palette of white, natural tones and textures and ocean-inspired blues, and is topped off with furniture and accessories that evoke a coastal vibe. Here in the Southern hemisphere with our love for indoor–outdoor entertaining and natural light, the Hamptons style is a perfect match for the Australian lifestyle and works beautifully in our homes. 

 

WHAT COLOURS ARE TYPICAL TO HAMPTONS STYLE?

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Think white, white and more white!

 

White is the go-to Hamptons colour, but it’s not the only colour to make an appearance in a Hamptons home. White walls and whitewashed floors are usually accented with neutral beiges, creams and taupes, along with pale blues and lilacs or sea greens and other natural tones. You can pair warm, neutral colours with coastal blues, or try layering various shades of blue, from navy through to baby blue. For a bolder take on the Hamptons style, try cream with black accents.

 

HOW DO I GET THE HAMPTONS LOOK IN MY HOME?

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A home decorated in the Hamptons style will generally be spacious with generous proportions to make entertaining easy—think large island benches, spacious sofas for reclining, and outdoor entertaining areas with plenty of elegant yet comfortable seating.

 

1.Set the ground rules

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In terms of flooring, the ideal choice for the Hamptons look is timber floorboards—try pale timbers with grey undertones, or painted pure white or white-washed to evoke that effortless coastal vibe and keep everything light, bright and airy.

 

2.Timeless comfort

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When choosing your Hamptons-style sofas, go for deep, plush overstuffed sofas covered in washable white or linen slipcovers or upholstered in pale neutrals with stripes, or classic, understated pieces such as a roll-armed sofa, which will always be timeless. Pair your sofas with some oversized accent chairs in soft blues and beiges.

 

3.Accent with wood

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Add some natural wood like a coffee table, or wicker furniture. Sideboards and side tables in natural or white painted timbers add an extra dimension to your Hamptons room, as do tray tables and cane or rattan armchairs.

 

4.Warm up with rugs

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The key is to layer using natural textures to soften the space. Warm up your white walls and timber floors with jute and sisal rugs, or rugs with natural cotton and bleached wool in neutral or blue tones.
Choose classic works of art and carefully curated homewares such as lightly patterned ceramics in blue and white, or vases and glassware in the colours of sea glass for a touch of coastal glamour.

 

5.Find your flow

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Create a seamless flow between indoors and out by keeping your styling, design and colour choices consistent - your outdoor furniture should be the same style and colours as your interior. Wicker settings with white, blue or grey cushions are a classic option and provide a perfect southern-hemisphere twist on old east-coast money.

 

 

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