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How to use Hamptons style in bedrooms and bathrooms


July 6, 2020 5min read

Love a bit of Hamptons-chic? You can create your own touch of east coast US style in your bathroom or bedroom by following a few simple style tricks.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are the most intimate areas of your home. They are personal sanctuaries where you can relax and recoup away from the stress of the day. The Hamptons style lends itself to relaxation and calm, making it a perfect choice for any room in your home and particularly those quiet, private spaces.

“The Hamptons is luxurious yet homely – it’s light and airy with a coastal charm that will suit families for years to come,” says Patrizia Romeo, interior designer at Porter Davis.

We asked Patrizia for her top tips on inserting the Hamptons look into your bedroom and bathroom.

In the bedroom

Choose a neutral colour palette of classic white on white with accents of soft greys, sages or duck egg blues and indigos. Add a feature wall to personalise your bedroom – using either wallpaper or panelling.

“Wool carpet in soft grey or a light neutral tone has a beautiful texture and creates warmth and cosiness,” says Patrizia. “Subdued lighting and table lamps are ideal at night to create ambience.”

Classic Hamptons windows are all about simplicity – think sheer white flowy curtains and plantation shutters.

“White window furnishings complement the neutral colour palette and textures in a bedroom,” says Patrizia.

If room and budget allows, Hamptons-style bedrooms often feature over-sized fabric headboards with button detailing or feature panelling.

“Layer your bed with oversized accent cushions and throws in feature colours and organic textures; use natural linens, velvets and embroidered patterns to soft furnishings,” says Patrizia. “Have fun with layering and adding different textures and colours to your bedroom.”

Handcrafted furniture pieces, such as a timber, bone inlay console or dresser, are the key to pulling together a Hamptons bedroom. Add finishing touches like fresh flowers in a vase on a dresser or bedside table.

Finally, choose a piece of artwork that you are drawn to and that ties in with wall features, cushions and soft furnishings. Hang it in a spot that makes a subtle but soothing statement.

In the bathroom

Hamptons-style homes have generous bathrooms built on the neutral colour palette of white and greys, with mosaic or feature tiles around showers and vanities in natural stone style tiles, sages or a duck egg blue.

“Our Hamptons-style home feature cabinetry with panelled doors dressed with designer handles,” says Patrizia.

“Matte black, gun metal or brass handles and tapware and fittings work well for a contemporary Hamptons look. For classic Hamptons, choose ornate tapware with a chrome finish or brass.”

A contemporary streamlined bath is a centrepiece of any bathroom or ensuite and is the perfect space to enjoy a luxurious candle-lit soak after a hard and stressful day. For a classic look, choose a bath style with soft curves.

“Your basin and bath design should compliment each other,” says Patrizia. “So, install either an organic style basin with curved edges or an undermount basin for something more contemporary.”

Generously proportioned windows and plenty of natural light are key features of Hamptons homes. This includes those more private areas of a house, like the bathroom.

“If you don’t have much natural light in the bathroom, make it brighter by adding a skylight,” says Patrizia.

“The Hamptons style is all about light and bringing a seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors. Large windows or skylights will bring in beautiful natural light all year round.”

And, as in the bedroom, the small details can make a difference in a Hamptons bathroom. So, place some fresh flowers or lush greenery in a vase on the vanity. If there is room, place a decorative tray to hold hand soap and accessories.For the final indulgent touch, place a fragrant candle next to the bath.

Originally appeared on realestate.com.au as ‘How to use Hamptons style in the bathroom and bedrooms’