Five Hamptons must-haves

Hamptons designer, Natalee Bowen of Indah Island, reveals her five rules to live by for getting the Hamptons look.

Hamptons style house weatherboards

Weatherboards are a must

I would suggest that the defining element for an Australian-Hamptons look is weatherboard cladding—it’s all about creating long, clean lines and deep shadows. Scyon Linea weatherboard is a low-maintenance and hard-wearing weatherboard alternative to timber, with deep shadow lines, perfect for the Hamptons look.

Add some wood flooring

Think wooden floors. I love wide oak floorboards in either an American mocha shade or stained dark oak to underpin the floorplan, which should be open to create a breezy flow.
Hamptons style house interior

The perfect palette

Traditionally, a Hamptons colour scheme is comprised mostly of variations of white and neutral tones with accents of grey and blue used as complementary shades. It's easy to go astray with floral prints which make the look too flowery and give the interior an English or French Provincial look. Sometimes people also confuse the look with shabby chic, which is also very different. Steer clear of these mistakes by sticking to a pared back colour palette and adding natural textures like jute to break up the space.
Hamptons style house interior

Use fabric to add interest

Invest in beautiful fabrics to add an accent to the muted, textured backdrop of the Hamptons look. Cushions are an easy way to add interest, additionally, occasional chairs and ottomans work well. I like to mix a small amount of florals with stripes or geometric shapes to avoid being too matchy-matchy. This multilayered approach adds character and personality to the home.

Set the mood with lighting

This is key. Use a mixture of overhead pendant lighting and elegant lamps as lighting can really change the ambiance of a room. It’s all about bringing features to life. For the exterior, structure lights to illuminate the grooves and lines of the weatherboard.

Give your home the Hamptons look

Check out the full range of products from James Hardie or Scyon products to introduce some Hamptons style to your home.
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How to save energy when using heaters

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Home security tips

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A towel rack made out of timber dowel

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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