Hamptons interiors are light, bright, airy, and fresh with a coastal feel. The classic design style, originally inspired by the grand homes of Long Island called The Hamptons, has been one of Australia’s most popular interior design styles.
Better Homes & Gardens sat down with interior designers Lydia Maskiell Interiors and Krystal Sgona of Interior Flow to get their advice on Hamptons-style interiors.
What’s Hampton’s style?
Hamptons interiors are often light and bright, whitewashed, and have a sophisticated but beachy, easygoing and calming feel.
“Hamptons interiors are American versions of French interior design styles Rococo, Empire and Baroque. Krystal Sagona says Empire is named because of its simplicity and imitation of patterns.
Lydia Maskiell says that Hampton interiors are often spacious and have generous proportions. They also look holiday-home-like and nautically-inspired. These homes are great for entertaining.
What colors are most common to Hamptons style?
Hamptons interiors can be decorated with neutrals, whites, yellows, and green. Lydia recommends pairing warm neutral colors with coastal blues or layering different shades of blue from baby to navy.
Krystal says that Hamptons style is characterized by grey tones such as duck egg and mint. The classic look is cream and black accents or all black with bronze and white accents. These are paired with natural materials that provide warmth, such as in-laid stone floors or black timber.
What fabrics are most common to this style?
Hamptons interiors favor natural materials and fabrics for furniture and homewares. They also emphasize texture, such as timber or stone, in the home. It will help if you look for timber, leather, linen, and cotton pieces.
Lydia says, “I recommend linens with neutral tones and whites, as well as stripes and the use of natural textures in layers.”
Krystal says that Hamptons style is characterized by classic chequered fabrics and pink gingham or pinstripes used modernly.
What furniture is best suited for Hamptons style interiors
Hamptons homes are neutral in colour and can accommodate a wide range of furniture. However, some styles work better than others. Your furniture should be arranged in a way that encourages conversation and entertainment.
Lydia says that “Hamptons interiors feature large indoor plants, more greenery than flowers, and upholstered occasional chair.” A large sofa can anchor a room. Statement pieces of furniture should be sculptural and nautical-inspired.
Krystal says, “Look for luxurious furniture with soft cushioned seating.” It would help if you had plenty of seating options, such as single-seat chairs, ottomans, and couches. Hamptons interiors are well-suited for banquette seating with upholstered seat cushions, backs with scatter cushions and is made of fine craft.
Lighting for Hamptons Style Interiors
The devil is in detail when it comes to executing a trend. Lydia recommends using traditional pendant lights and ensuring the space has multiple light sources, including floor and table lamps.
Krystal says that wall lights and sconces are popular in this style because they softly illuminate the interior. Direct lighting can be too harsh. Dim the lighting to create a cosy setting for the evening for a more intimate atmosphere.
Flooring for Hamptons Style Interiors
While white timber is a good choice for Hamptons style, a mixture of lighter and darker timbers can help ground the space, especially when it’s large or open-plan. “Layer the timber floor with either a textured or subtly-patterned flooring rug,” Krystal suggests that a herringbone pattern floor or wall tile is another option for Hamptons homes.
Interior decorating ideas for Hamptons style homes
Lydia’s top tips
- Mix and match cushions in different patterns. Strong lines work well with organic patterns like florals.
- Large windows, French doors and classic, structured window furnishings are all options. To match the Hampton style, you can use floor-to-ceiling curtains in neutral colors.
- Add a touch more sophistication to your home by choosing high-end decor pieces.
Krystal’s top tip:
- Hamptons interiors also include mirrors. However, they should be unique and ornate, with no bevelled edges.
- Soft furnishings are essential, especially when using sheers and curtains that don’t have roller blinds.
- You can use a mix of silk and wool rugs.