What is The Hamptons Home Style?
The Hamptons home style is a very popular and timeless variation of the Classic Coastal Style.
It’s the traditional coastal by definition. Everything about it is classic: the furniture, the house features, the patterns, and the decor objects, but mixed with more contemporary pieces and lines.
This is the place where New York upper class got their weekend refuge, borrowing classic elements from traditional Europe, mixed with a Marina lifestyle, hence a more nautical vibe, and classic American features.
What is the Hamptons?
The Hamptons is a group of wealthy towns located on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, known for its beautiful beaches, luxurious estates, and wealthy lifestyle.
It has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when it was originally settled by English farmers and fishermen. Later, wealthy families began building grand mansions and summer cottages there. By the 20th century, the Hamptons had become a playground for the rich and famous, attracting artists, writers, and Hollywood celebrities who sought an escape from the city.
Today, the Hamptons remain a symbol of luxury and prestige, with beautiful beaches, upscale shopping, and a vibrant social scene that attracts visitors from around the world.
How does this reflect in the home decor?
Key Influences on the Hamptons Home Style
Because of its history, the Hamptons home style is heavily influenced by English design, creating a timeless and classic style, characterized by a mix of traditional and contemporary.
This influence on Hamptons home decor is evident in the elegant and sophisticated design elements, like the use of ornate furniture pieces, such as overstuffed sofas and armchairs, upholstered in luxurious fabrics such as velvet or leather, antique pieces, and intricate wall paneling or crown molding.
Additionally, the use of floral patterns and pastel color schemes, which are often associated with traditional English decor, can be found throughout many Hamptons homes.
The English influence on Hamptons home decor has helped to create a style that is both elegant and comfortable, while also reflecting the area’s rich cultural history
Being in America it obviously has many American key features in interior design.
An example is the plantation shutters, a classic window treatment option particularly in Hamptons-style homes. Also wainscoting, trims, and classic wood panels, or even the relaxed and coastal shiplap and the spacious open concept layouts. On decor items, it reflects on the use of leather pieces and antique American furniture and overall a Cape Cod style interior decoration (coastal).
The coastal influence on the Hamptons’ interiors is linked to a marina lifestyle, with many nautical references to deep blue water activities like boating, sailing, yachting, water sports, and fishing.
These three concepts make the basics of the classic Hamptons’ decor.
Now that we know the main influences, it’s time to bring the Hamptons into your home.
How to create the Hamptons home?
Hamptons Home Style Color palette
Base color: White
As with any coastal style, the base color is white:
White walls, white windows, white plantation shutters, white wood panels, and white window treatments.
However, since the Hamptons is a traditional and more formal style, instead of pure white you can use a warm shades of white to create a cozy, classic, and inviting atmosphere.
Just be careful when choosing a paint, because the undertones can have very different results from what you expect or see in the sample or the catalog. Depending not only, but also, on the outside colors and sunlight exposure (i.e. greenery will cast a green shade that can create a muddy effect when blended with a warm wall tone – trust me…; and even light shades can easily get too beige if the room isn’t facing the sun, which can take the breezy bright vibe away).
Dark Blue is a must-have in a Hamptons’ home.
The best blue shade to use in Hampton’s decoration depends on your personal preferences, but while the Australian version uses mostly light blues, the original Hamptons takes inspiration from traditional English style, therefore, using royal and navy blues, which also evoke the deep blue waters of a marina lifestyle. Sticking to soft and muted blues or navy blue will help create a cohesive and timeless Hamptons style.
Take the blues from the classic ginger jars and ceramic China lamps so typical of the Hamptons homes and go from there.
Creamy, sandy tones create a comfortable and inviting living space.
When paired with blue against a white canvas it adds sophistication and class to the room.
Cream shades work well in all areas of the home.
Use it on the sofa or accent chairs, in the headboard and bed frame to create a serene and peaceful space and add a touch of warmth to the room.
The rule is to not overuse it and break it with blues hues.
The main look of the room should feel bright and white with blue accents to add interest, and creamy sandy beige to soften that brightness. So choose very soft cream shades to make it subtle and light. If you use shades that are too dark or if you use it too much, you’ll get a bland space.
What other color screams sun, wealth, and luxury? It’s rich, it’s warm, it’s elegant, and adds class to any home.
Add gold (or brass…) accents, such as picture frames, light fixtures, hardware, and small details in lamps, and vases, to add a subtle touch of glamour and warmth.
Very small doses are just enough to make the room shine with class without looking tacky.
Instead of gold, in some cases, you can choose black. But only in very small doses such as furniture hardware, lanterns, ceiling lights, or some cast iron furniture. Black tones down the luxury vibe that you get if you use gold making the space more rustic.
Use it only in these small little touches, because too much black can create a heavy, industrial, dark atmosphere, so it’s best to use it as an accent rather than as a dominant color or material.
The Hamptons Home Style Staples
This definitely Hamptonizes a coastal home. It’s an American staple and adds that hot summer rustic touch to a home and tones down the traditional look.
Molding, wood panels, shiplap, and wainscoting.
These traditional features add texture and class to a space. Wainscoting is a great way to add architectural interest to a room. Wood panels can be used to create a statement wall, adding a natural element to the space. Shiplap can be used to create a beautiful and rustic feature wall or accent piece. Add trim and molding to shelves, cabinets, around doors, and windows to create a classic.
When paired with neutral colors, these design elements can create a bright and airy feel that is reminiscent of the beachy charm that the Hamptons are known for.
They’re not only elegant, but because of their glass panels, they allow natural light to flow between rooms. French doors are commonly used as an entryway to a patio, garden, or balcony, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces, but can also be used as interior doors to separate rooms while maintaining an open feel.
Sloped Ceilings with exposed beams.
Sloped ceilings are another common design feature in Hamptons homes. These ceilings can be found throughout the house. They add height and open the space. Sloped ceilings can provide an opportunity to incorporate interesting lighting fixtures or decorative features such as exposed wood beams or shiplap paneling.
The Hamptons are about traditional homes, so dark to medium-dark wood flooring and some pieces of antique furniture in wood tones will add that classy and warm feeling of a historical home while also evoking the nautical side. Alternatively to a dark floor, you can brighten up the space with white wood flooring.
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The Hamptons Style Furniture
Large upholstered furniture provides both comfort and style, making it a choice for living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.
It’s a great choice for bed headboards, armchairs, and ottomans. Choose resistant fabrics like cotton or linen, soft and resistant.
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Choose furniture with simple lines and some soft curves, and mix it with antique pieces, that have more details, like turned legs or small drawers, for instance.
Main furniture: white
The big main pieces of furniture should be white with black hardware (for a rustic and nautical look), bronze or gold (for a classic luxurious feel).
Shelving around the fireplace or in an isolated wall should be white, preferably recessed, to neatly expose glass, ceramic objects, and a seashell here and there. Neatly!
Accent furniture: classic dark wood
As mentioned in the beginning, much of the furniture in the Hamptons’ decor is inherited from a classic style. Dark wood classic pieces an elegant European touch to the home. But you can use classic American furniture that also has that elegant classic look. But you can use classic American furniture that also has that elegant classic look.
Dining tables, chairs, armchairs, a side table, and maybe add a beautiful classic piece you may have, like a showcase cabinet, a bureau desk, a chest of drawers, or an armoire, something unique and classy.
White-Blue Ginger Jars. The iconic Hamptons trademark is used as jars or table lamps.
Rattan trays and baskets. You can expose ginger jars in rattan trays (looks great)
Classic silver objects, like trays, tea sets, or other beautiful silver collections
Glass or crystal licorice bottles, boxes and bowls.
Flowers and stripes. Also nautical printings like ropes, chains, and anchors. The simpler and more elegant the better.
The best coastal look and Hamptons. They do add that beach simple vibe to any home. But because of the Hamptons’ nautical influences (harbors, docks, marinas), you can add these references in small amounts. There are classic tasteful anchors, steering wheels, chains, and rope patterns that you can use, but don’t overdo it. You want your home to be classy, timeless, and breezy, not a sailor-themed home.
Putting it all together
Now that you know the basic features of a classic Hamptons Home, you can play around to fit your space and your preferences. You can add contemporary items, see how things you already have can be incorporated into the space, and play around with the colors to get the Hamptons’ vibe. It’s a fine balance between antique and contemporary with coastal elements.