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How to create a Hamptons-style home


March 25, 2019 4min read

This week’s article is from social influencer and interior decorating enthusiast, Susanna Tolo.

Susanna, from Palm Beach Queensland, devotes herself to discovering and sharing coastal inspired spaces around Australia and beyond.  Susanna shares her tips and tricks on how to create the perfect Hamptons style home.

When asked how to create a Hamptons-style home for the Australian way of life, I always say that there are five key things needed to achieve the look. An Australian take on the Hamptons is more coastal and has a more relaxed feel than your Classic American home. Just think of it as a luxurious beach house, with a homage to classic elegance.

Colour scheme

Having the right colour scheme for your home is key to achieving the Hamptons look – think whites and greys. Your wall colour should be soft and muted, with lots of white-painted detail enhancing your wall panelling, cornices and skirting. This will provide that fresh contrast against a palette of soft greys.

I love using whites and greys in both interior and exterior areas of my home. I have used both Dulux “Milton Moon” and Taubmans “Windy Beach” for my interior colour choices in the past.

Natural light

I think the reason why Hamptons-style homes are becoming so popular in Australia is because of how bright and airy they feel. This is due to the numerous windows and doors spaced throughout the home. Just picture that beautiful ocean breeze and sunshine coming in!

To really achieve that classic Hamptons look, incorporate either French windows or plantations shutters.

Styling and decor

Your furniture should be classic and timeless, but also feel cosy and inviting. Choose a light-coloured sofa in either cotton or linen, as you can always dress it up with cushions and throws. Include some gorgeous occasional chairs to the space to really give it that old world charm.

In regards to décor, I love to add pops of blue and white throughout the home to really give it that coastal vibe. Decorate your bookshelves and coffee table with chinoiserie and collective pieces of corals and shells, but don’t forget to add personality! Create a beautiful gallery wall with family photos and use some statement pieces such as chandeliers and mirrors.

Interior details

A traditional Hamptons home has dark rich hardwood flooring contrasting against white walls, a style that will never date. A popular version here in Australia (and a personal favourite of mine) is to have light-washed timber flooring to really encompass that coastal lifestyle, as well as large open spaces that continue onto the outdoor entertaining area.

Your kitchen should be primarily white, with classic shaker-style cabinetry, marble benchtops and a farmhouse sink. When choosing a splashback for your kitchen, you should opt for ceramic tiles in either a subway or herringbone style. Your splashback is also the perfect way to bring a pop of colour into the space. Choose something that resonates with the coastal lifestyle, such as a very pale blue.

Exterior facade

Your home exterior should convey a sophisticated beach house. An essential element to creating your Hamptons home is by using weatherboard cladding. These horizontal lines really give the home a beachy feel, while window trimmings and ornate external materials give it that classic sophistication. To create the perfect exterior, think contrasting colours, such having your weatherboard in a light grey/blue and your window trimmings in white.

Overall, a Hamptons home appeals to people because it’s a refined style that will stand the test of time, with its soft colour palette, large open spaces and carefree beachside vibe.

For more information on how to achieve this classic style, visit the World Of Style Classic page.

Keep up to date with Susanna as she shares the most beautiful coastal inspired interiors on her Instagram account @coastalhamptonstyle.