Creating Your Own Hamptons Style
You’ve probably already heard of the Hampton’s – a wealthy area of seaside villages and hamlets on Long Island, New York. It’s where the rich and famous play and which now has a whole interior design style coined after the style of the location’s luxury coastal homes.
In a nutshell, Hamptons style is relaxed coastal living with a sophisticated feel. Go Hamptons style and your home will contain plenty of white wood and neutral paintwork together with crisp white and beige cotton and linen fabrics. The latter will be mixed in with blues, light grey, brown and pale green while there will be plenty of nautical and natural accessories around such as rope mirrors, sea shells, pebbles/sea glass decorated picture frames, lamps and planter displays. Here’s how to get the look in your own home – whether you’re near the sea or not:
Flooring and Walls
Wooden flooring, such as the Parador Eco Balance Engineered version is a must for a Hampton’s look. Wood is also found on the walls thanks to tongue and groove panelling. When it comes to flooring, the subtle, luxury Calligaris Downy rug would be just the ticket for adding warmth to bare feet. Rugs in natural fabrics such as Jute also complement the look – although they wouldn’t be as soft to sit on.
Warm, natural fibres with a clean, fresh look work well for a Hampton’s look. This includes cotton, linen and wool. The sumptuous, squishy cushioned and light coloured Laurence Juliette sofa would work well while the Marlin sofa has a very contemporary side.
When it comes to beds, wood frames are essential – either white washed, rustic, reclaimed or varnished. For bed linen think fresh white, deep navy blue or turquoise green with blinds or curtains to match.
Shaker style furniture with its white wooden doors and light pine surfaces make an excellent choice for a Hampton’s style theme and can be used in any room in the home from the kitchen to the bathroom and bedroom. This Chertsey Tallboy is a good fit, for instance. So too is the Cirrus Double Wardrobe.
Plenty of ambient light from table lamps with ceramic or wooden bases and natural linen, cotton or silk shades provide a cosy night time feel. During the day keep blinds (preferably wooden) open to provide a light and breezy feel to the room. This bright white Labware Table Lamp would certainly fit a contemporary Hamptons style.
Scatter cushions are important for this design theme since it’s all about relaxed style. Just make sure the designs and colours aren’t too ‘in your face’. This Romo Jessica Zoob cushion would be perfect, for instance.
If you’re considering a mirror for the room then you couldn’t get a more nautical theme than these rather funky Porthole mirrors . If you prefer peering in to a looking glass which is a bit more conventional, then this contemporary round Apollo mirror with its light timber frame and leather strap would prove the perfect choice. Go Hamptons!