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How to get the Hamptons look

Bright, fresh, coastal, easy, breezy… these are just some of the words that come to mind when describing this interiors style that continues to reign in homes across Australia. Inspired and named after the iconic coastal holiday destination on America's east coast, this relaxed yet sophisticated look creates an instant calming holiday feeling with its signature blue and neutral colours.

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Since arriving on Australian shores, the Hamptons style has somewhat been adapted to suit our landscape, architecture, climate and tastes with less greys, more beiges, softer blues, and tropical elements such as rattan. Whether you want to fully embrace the Hamptons style with key furniture pieces, such as linen sofas, white timber sideboards and Adirondack chairs, or are just looking to introduce elements of it into your home, we show you how, by sharing the basic Hamptons principles.

Hamptons colour palette
Traditionally, the Hamptons colour scheme is a subdued palette of mostly whites, neutrals and varying shades of blue. Not only does it mimic the colours of the coast, but the contrast of white with blue creates a clean, crisp and bright aesthetic. Having said that, the Hamptons colour palette doesn't have to be this rigid. Think of all the other colours you see along the coastline: browns, greens, yellows; all these colours can easily be incorporated too. 

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More recently, the style has also been revitalised with the introduction of more browns, greys, beiges, blacks and metallics. Dark walls and floors make white furniture and cabinetry stand out, and can also make spaces feel cosier, while gold accents (think brass lamps, side tables with chrome legs, and studded armchairs) add luxury and sophistication.

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Hamptons motifs & patterns
It's no surprise that this coastal style turns to its surroundings for its motifs and patterns. Shells, coral and beautifully shaped sea creatures such as starfish, inform the decor, as well as nautical elements such as boats, anchors and stripes. For a less literal Hamptons interpretation, opt for florals and Art Deco-inspired geometric patterns instead.  

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Hamptons materials
Natural tactile materials such as timber, leather, linen, cotton and wool are dominant in Hamptons interiors, and help to create the comfortable relaxed feeling that's associated with the style. This isn't just achieved through coffee tables, sofas and cushions, but also through timber ceilings or walls, curtains, upholstered bedheads or pendant lights. If you have a home that already features natural finishes such as sandstone walls or wooden floorboards, then you're already two steps ahead.

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Hamptons vibe​
It's all about a relaxed seaside holiday at the Hamptons home, with an emphasis on socialising and entertaining. Arrange furniture to foster conversation, avoid excessive symmetry, and allow for lingering with comfortable plush sofas. Display coffee table books with beautiful photographs of coastal destinations, scatter straw baskets and panama hats to evoke the leisurely lifestyle, and ensure there are adequate lanterns, lamps and candles for mood lighting. 

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Create your coastal holiday home now, and shop our Hamptons furniture and homewares.

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