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How to get the Hamptons look outside

There's nothing quite like the sophisticated and comfortable feel of Hamptons styling, so it's no wonder people have extended this look to their outdoor areas where summer entertaining and conversations flow. There's no need to get out the drill or panic about weatherboarding your house, check out these easy tips for bringing a little coastal elegance to your backyard or balcony. 

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Key elements of Hamptons styling

While weatherboards and white trim are parts of what makes the Hamptons style so distinct, it's really the ocean-inspired colour scheme and back-to-nature materials that define the look. Deep-sea blues, seafoam greys, sandy beiges and crisp whites create a soothing environment, with stripes and intricate patterns bringing them all together. Tactile materials like raw timber, wicker and soft linens draw you in, with ample cushioning to foster comfort and relaxation. Everything is designed to be bright and airy, allowing a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor areas. 

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Incorporating it into your own space

Hamptons is a style that lets you celebrate what nature provides, so when styling an outdoor space, less is more to highlight your greenery or views. 

Zoning

Create separate zones for lounging and dining, utilising an outdoor rug to group furniture. Leave ample thoroughfare space and set up areas for optimal use, so lounging areas have places to rest a drink or a book while you soak up the sun and dining areas aren't crammed or awkward to sit at. 

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Furniture

Aim for pieces that are optimal for long periods of use, like sun lounges, daybeds, soft sofas and dining chairs that let you sink into them. Opt for timber for larger pieces, like dining tables and coffee tables, and add in wicker elements with rattan sofas and wicker chairs.

Lighting

Take on an all-white, clean look by opting for white ceiling fixtures or wall lights (just make sure the tones of white match!). For a dramatic flair, black, dark grey or navy fixtures stand out while still tieing the space together. If you're feeling a little fancy, a decorative pendant light or chandelier above the dining table can really set the mood for luxurious entertaining.

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Decor

Use the opportunity to decorate with your greenery, dressing them with terrazzo or hand-thrown ceramic plant pots. If you don't have a garden or a particularly green thumb, opt for artificial plants in abundance to breathe life into your space. Add a rattan box or basket to your lounging area to store throws and blankets for those cooler nights and don't forget to scatter some cushions for cloud-like comfort. Place one or two vases or sculptural pieces as centrepieces for the coffee table or dining table and you're set!

Find everything you need to bring the Hamptons look to your outdoor area with out Hamptons Outdoor curation.

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