The previous article provided an overview of renovating residential homes in Australia appropriating the USA East Coast coastal style known as “Hamptons living.”
Hamptons is the name given for the relaxed breezy living typified by the holidaying well-to-do in Long Island, NY and made famous by the film “Something’s Gotta Give” starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
It was Diane Keaton’s character Erica Barry’s home in the Hamptons that gave Hollywood spotlight and widespread acclaim for the styling.
In Australia, this often means trading “dark & dingy” for “light & breezy” as the Hamptons style typifies a classic beachside palette with purposeful dark touches and indirect natural lighting. Think light, airy, coastal and practical!
At Kirribilli Homes we have often mused about being “the wall removal specialists” with recent renovation projects in West Pennant Hills, Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills in Sydney’s beautiful Hills Districts.
These projects employed the use of structural steel welded on site as directed by our own qualified local Structural Engineer, girding up for greater weight bearing loads and enabling removal of walls to gain free flow of living areas and for raked ceilings to be installed.
The Hamptons style combines open living with classic decorating and rustic influences. In this second article we wanted to help you “get your head around” the rising popularity of Hamptons styling, so here’s …
The Hamptons Style Elements List:
Walls removed to gain generously spatial and sociable living areas.
Ceilings raised or raked to attain airy spaces.
Windows enlarged or added to optimize natural light.
Interiors are styled with a neutral canvass. Paint colours for the Hamptons wall choices may include:
- Dulux Natural White
- Dulux Chalk USA
- Dulux White Exchange Half
- Dulux Beige Royal
- Taubman’s Quill
- Dulux Slate Blue.
Skirting boards, window sills, trims, doors, eaves, potplants, vases, chairs in a chalky white paint colour.
Metallic deco pieces such as hurricane lamps and bowls.
Rustic art on soft furnishings and accessories such as cushions, rugs and wall art.
Generous single-coloured fabric lounges.
Rattan & wicker sofas for the more casual setting.
Occasional chairs with contrasting splashes of colour compared with the main lounge and/or patterned fabrics.
Servery from the eat-in kitchen into the al fresco area. White is the classic colour for kitchens but with dark floors or timber-look trims and some will have silver or pale blue or lilac trims or colour added.
Chalky white painted pergola.
Interiors possibly with shiplap wall cladding.
Benchseats in the garden area for cosy socialising.
Stylish French doors opening into covered entertaining areas.
Large deck areas.
Timber-topped tables & benches.
Plantation shutters installed.
Soft furnishings include baskets, throws, lamps, candles and wall art depicting coastal themes such as beaches, sand dunes, coastlines, nautical and seascapes.
For a fun touch of interior homewares consider wall hooks for beach bags, beach towels, beach hats – and perhaps a beach umbrella or surfboard?
We think that the overall feel of “Hamptons styling” that makes it so appealing is the combination of elements of laid back, sociable, yet classic and sophisticated. It is an upmarket yet timeless treatment.
If you are considering to renovate your home ‘Hampton’s style” contact Michael Hunnam at Kirribilli Homes on 0416 621 945