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The Timeless Allure of Hamptons Style Homes

The relaxed, rustic, beachy feel of the Hamptons style, coupled with its timeless elegance, is a perfect match for our Australian climate and lifestyle.

4 minute readAugust 4, 2023

Creating a Hamptons Style Interior

Think Hamptons style, and light, bright interiors with a distinct coastal feel and sense of sophistication spring to mind. The look is inspired by the chic holiday homes of the beautiful Hamptons area of Long Island, New York, a luxe beachside getaway destination. Fads and trends may come and go, but Hamptons style is a true classic.

Shop this look: Calais dining chair paired with our boston dining table, tablescape elements include our bamboo cutlery dessert set, bamboo dinner setting, napkin ring rope knot, rattan placemat whitemelodia glasses, and statement artifical traveller's palm tree.

Coastal Colours

Bring Hamptons style to life in your home with colours inspired by the sun-bleached coast, such as soft white, sand, taupe, driftwood grey, and oceanic blues and greens. Add organic warmth with natural materials like timber, rattan, and wicker. Modern Australian Hamptons-style homes often work from a base of neutrally coloured walls and floors and introduce colour via soft furnishings (especially cushions), rugs, wall art, and décor. Consider layering different hues of blue, from powder blue to deep navy, or opt for sea tones with a grey base, like duck egg blue or mint green.

Shop this look: Stunning furniture pieces featuring our St tropez counter stool and emerson wingback chair white, decorate with our Indigo Blue Seaweed Print, Water Hyacinth Trays, and corfu wide pot.

Effortlessly Elegant Furnishings

Hamptons style treads the line between sophistication and relaxation, and your choice of furniture is a great way to showcase a refined yet casual look. Pull together the perfect combination of classic furniture silhouettes for effortless elegance.

A large lounge can anchor a living space while expressing a generous sense of luxury. Comfort is key - think deep, plush lounges with white or neutral linen slipcovers or rich leather Chesterfields. Pair the lounge with armchairs or ottomans in either matching or deliberately contrasting styles; choosing a different look for your occasional chairs is a great way to add personality to your Hamptons home. No matter what type of lounge you opt for, cushions are a must. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a mix of patterns, prints, stripes, and florals to add interest and colour. 

Complement your seating with coffee and side tables in natural materials like timber, bamboo, and rattan, gathered in an entertaining-friendly arrangement.

Shop this look: Clara modular lounge accompanied by our raffia cushion cover, rattan & bamboo magazine holder, water hyacinth trays, and statement corfu wide pot.

Given that Hamptons style is all about chic seaside living, your outdoor space needs just as much attention as your indoor rooms. Create an area perfect for alfresco entertaining by carrying the colours and style of your indoor look to your outdoor furniture. Weatherproof wicker-look seating and lounges in tones of white, blue, and grey lend a quintessential Hamptons feel.

Statement Hamptons Outdoor Furniture designed for the outdoors, ideal for all year round entertaining.

Natural Textures

Texture can bring your Hamptons style interiors to life. Natural materials and fabrics hark back to the Hamptons’ heritage as a fishing and farming community and bring natural warmth to your home. Timber and stone are ideal textural choices for the house itself. When it comes to selecting furniture and homewares, look for pieces in rattan, leather, linen, cotton, wool, and timber. Layer rugs made from natural fibres like sisal, jute, cotton, or wool in neutral tones or nautical blues for a typical Hamptons look.

Coastal Hamptons style living and dining spaces.

Light and bright

Hamptons style is light and bright, so adding plenty of soft, indirect lighting can evoke classic coastal living in your home. An elegant brass chandelier makes the perfect Hamptons signature lighting piece, while wall lights and sconces are also on trend. Meanwhile, statement table and floor lamps help set the mood while acting as ornamental pieces in their own right. Look for linen shades and stone, glass, ceramic, or brass bases. Opt for a textured, patterned, or sculptural base for a pop of personality in your Hamptons-style space.

The Finishing Touches

Carefully curated décor breathes life and character into your Hamptons-style home. Create decorative assemblages of objects in your living spaces and on your kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities. Pretty blue and white ceramics, natural woven trays, clusters of candles, and large and small seashells, artfully arranged, give the feel of a collection of treasures gathered over time.

Alfresco Emporium founder Janice Hore likes to display sea glass found on her beach walks in stylish glass vases alongside arrangements of shells, books, and other ornaments. Stick to a coastal colour palette to carry the Hamptons look throughout your home. 

Shop this look: Décor featuring our statement clam shellbarclay bird jars with brass lid, nickel hurricane candle holders, paired with coastal greenery featuring our ivy garlands, and artificial sea fan coral plant

Adorn your walls with artworks reflecting seaside motifs like coral, seabirds, or sailboats in colours that echo your soft furnishings. A decorative mirror is a great way to introduce extra light and the feeling of space into a Hamptons-style room.

Hamptons style interiors also frequently feature large indoor plants, with a focus on luscious green foliage. When it comes to flowers, hydrangeas, with their perfect balance of relaxed and classic, are known as the flower of the Hamptons. Elegant white orchids are popular, too.  

Shop this look: Calais dining chair paired with our boston dining table, tableware featuring our signature bamboo cutlery dessert setbamboo dinner settingrattan placemat white and melodia glasses and rattan condiment caddy. complemented with statement greenery combining our artifical traveller's palm tree, and ivy garlands.

Need More Hamptons Style Inspiration?

Browse our Hamptons Style Guide for more ideas, visit us at Collaroy, Bundall, or the QVB for our exclusive in-store experience, or contact our talented interior styling team for a bespoke styling solution.

Coastal Living Meets Classic Charm

Coastal Hamptons Style

The classic coastal Hampton's style embodies white and bright furnishings, combining a coastal feel with a sense of sophistication. Inspired by chic holidays homes of Long Island, New York, a luxe beachside getaway destination.

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