The *New* Hamptons Style: What to look out for!
So while it may feel like the Hamptons style has been around forever, you might not know that even this classic look has had a bit of a makeover in recent times. Even if you don’t know much about home interiors or décor, you’ll definitely be familiar with the Hamptons style of interior decorating – it’s a classic that refuses to go out of fashion! Taking its lead from the bright, beachy, sunlit interiors and exteriors of holiday houses in – you guessed it – the Hamptons, this style has travelled from the most eastern point of New York’s Long Island, all around the world. Think of it as a combo of beachside style and cosy country living!
Hamptons style is probably the interior style that is requested the most, and in the past couple of years I’ve noticed the style begin to shift away from the typical all-white, coastal look, to a more modern style – something more polished and “preppy”. A stunning all-American look that works really well in Australian homes, here’s what to look out for when pulling together a new Hamptons style home.
Key features of the new Hamptons style
Matte black fixtures
While the traditional Hamptons style uses copper or gold tap-ware, replacing your existing tap-ware in the kitchen and bathrooms with a matte black style is a simple way to modernise the look without breaking the bank.
Typically, the Hamptons style centres around a neutral colour palette of whites, greys and creams, with a healthy dose of blues thrown in to really drive home that coastal feel. But the new Hamptons style throws these rules out the window! As long as you keep enough key aspects the same (think natural materials like timber, linen, jutes and rattans), feel free to think outside the square when it comes to colours.
A few years ago, anything but a white tile would have been a total no-no for a Hamptons style home. Boy, how times have changed! These days, a patterned tile splash-back in the kitchen or a tiled statement shower are fabulous ways to jazz up the Hamptons look, and keep it from looking too prim and proper. If retiling is too much commitment, incorporate patterns into your space through cushions, throws and bed linen.
Greenery hasn’t always been a part of Hamptons style, but a smattering of indoor plants is definitely a key part of the new Hamptons style. From a large fiddle leaf in the corner of the living room to lush ferns in the bathroom and small potted varieties on the kitchen bench, plants are the perfect way to bring vibrancy and life into your space, and they pair perfectly with the neutrals that are typical to the Hamptons style.
Revamped for the 2020s while staying true to its roots, the new Hamptons style brings a bit more colour and irreverence to the mix and is sure to mean that Hamptons style is here to stay!
Need a Brisbane Home Stylist To Help You Get The New Hamptons Look?
If you live in Brisbane, or on the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast and are ready to update the look and feel of your home, I’m Melanie Grace – an experienced interior stylist who can help you fall in love with your home all over again. Through Stagency, my boutique interior styling agency, I can help reimagine the style of your home so you’ll love it for years to come. And if you’re selling your home, I can style it for sale to help you get the very best price. Get in touch today to see how I can help you create the perfect home for your needs. We also work extensively with interstate clients in the wonderful world of zoom and the internet – anything is possible.
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