18 ways to get the Hamptons look at home

Relocate to the Hamptons without leaving home, with these tips to capture the Long Island look.

Bunnings magazine, November 2020

Get classic American East Coast style, indoors and out

Born on the beach, Hamptons style is a look that we’ve adopted en masse and adapted to our Aussie way of life. If your home is far from the coastal sanctuary you crave, don’t despair. Here are our 18 pointers to effortless seaside style.

18 ways to get the Hamptons look at home

1. Choose coastal colours

Rachel Lacy, chief coloursmith at Taubmans, explains, “The Hamptons style exudes a relaxed and effortless elegance that has timeless appeal. Create this look at home by starting with a refined coastal palette of crisp whites, deep, dark and duck-egg blues, and pale blue-greys.”

2. Go large outdoors

An expansive outdoor area is the most practical of Hamptons-style additions. Designer and James Hardie ambassador Natalee Bowen says, “HardieDeck is a great option here in Australia, with very little maintenance required in our harsh climate. It gives a cleaner look, which I think appeals to us.”

3. Give your garden a manicured feel

Try box hedging or buxus balls, choose pavers in a pale, sandstone hue and keep colour subtle with white flowers or classic choices like hydrangeas.

4. Clad it

“Adding weatherboards screams Hamptons home,” says Natalee. James Hardie ‘Linea’ weatherboards can even be used to clad brick, so virtually any home can be given an East Coast-inspired makeover.

5. Aim for classic in the kitchen

“A neutral, soft colour palette with Shaker-style doors paired with marble-look benchtops lends itself perfectly to this elegant look,” says Briony Mikrou, marketing communications manager at Kaboodle Kitchen.

18 ways to get the Hamptons look at home

6. Introduce light

Give wall cabinets an upgrade with glass-panel doors, which will give the kitchen that all-important feeling of light. Complete the effect by styling up the shelves with display-worthy pieces.

7. Pick timeless hardware

“Cup pull handles in a brushed stainless steel finish, or even gold handles with clean lines will complement the aesthetic,” says Briony.

8. Favour timber for the floor

If you’re not blessed with boards already, try timber laminate, which gives the look of solid timber boards for less and can be laid by a confident DIYer. Vinyl planks also replicate timber and the peel-and-stick installation is achievable for even home improvement novices.

9. Select subways

This is the go-to wall tile for the look: classic, understated but visually striking. Try a marble tile for extra luxury, a coloured tile within a muted palette, or stick with classic white. 

10. Panel the walls

Panelling can elevate plain flat walls and give rooms the requisite layered texture. Products like Easycraft wall linings are designed to retrofit, are a relatively straightforward DIY fix and will completely change the look and feel of a room.

11. Compose a relaxed palette

“Hamptons-style homes are often natural and light in scheme,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager. “Soft, neutral colours and tones such as grey-blues and subtle greens, and greiges [beige plus grey] paired with whites (warm and cool) can be used to help achieve this look.”

18 ways to get the Hamptons look at home

12. Dress the windows

The aim is to enhance light – shutters are the ultimate Hamptons window covering, bouncing light off the blades and epitomising coastal style. For larger windows or where you need an unimpeded view, look for simple and unobtrusive Roman blinds

18 ways to get the Hamptons look at home

13. Think comfort

Aim for deep sofas, large occasional chairs with arm rests, and side tables everywhere, so you never have to reach far for your cup of tea. Look at easy-care, coastal-style natural materials, like linen and rattan.

14. Find a theme

“If you’re heading for a coastal, beachy vibe, look at layering coral, jute rugs, a blue and white theme and seaweed or shell prints,” says Natalee. “If you are doing more of a modern take, stick to a theme of black and white – think wrought iron light features, cream or soft grey lounges and pops of black furniture.”

15. Layer with rugs

Create intimate zones and add luxurious warmth underfoot with rugs. Draw on the look’s beach holiday origins with natural textures like jute, coir and sisal, or lightweight cotton rugs in seaside shades of blue and golden sand.

16. Hang pendants

Try an eye-catching pendant over a table or kitchen island. Lantern-style pendants in wrought iron or shiny chrome strike the perfect balance of eye-catching elegance.

17. Introduce plants

Enhance that all-important outdoor connection with potted plants, especially palms and other plants with striking statement foliage.

18. Create talking points

Have fun styling up shelves or creating little tray collections that you can pick up and move out of the way when needed. “Adding vignettes through the house with collated items you love works wonders and sparks conversation,” says Natalee.

Get the Hamptons look with DIY adjustable shutters

Take a look at our step-by-step instructions on how to mount plantation shutters.


Photo Credit: Dulux Australia/Lisa Cohen, Sue Stubbs, Getty Images

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