Dating back to the nineteenth century, the locality of ‘The Hamptons’ has included a group of villages and hamlets on Long Island, New York. Originally devoted to agriculture and fishing, the destination is now a popular summer destination and home to America’s elite – boasting some of the most expensive land prices in all of the US.
The combination of coastal living, wealthy society and touches of colonial architecture have transformed The Hamptons into its own recognisable style that is coveted the world over.
But what exactly is that?
It’s French provincial meets Scandinavian minimalism meets Californian coastal. It’s whitewashed timber, heapings of soft linen, touches of royal blue and no-fuss natural textures. It’s elegant, clean and refined. It’s right at home in our blistering Australian summer for easy, breezy entertaining from long sun-drenched brunches to cool evening soirees. And best of all, we have everything you need right here!
To recreate the look at home, you are already one step ahead if you have timber floors and/or matte white walls. If not, fake it till you make it with thick cotton curtains and a textured rug. Choosing the right size rug is important for this detail-oriented scheme.
As a general rule, the rug should not sit inside of the furniture – when the furniture ‘frames’ the rug, the space automatically looks smaller. By choosing a larger size rug and placing the furniture on top of the rug, an illusion of more floorspace is created. Natural fibres like jute or seagrass are perfect for minimal coastal style.
Deep, comfortable couches in cool cotton are another staple of the Hamptons style, paired with smart-casual arm chairs for easy living. Inspired by the feeling of lazying around on a sun-drenched holiday, furniture is simple but inviting. Accents of rattan, glass and timber are not only beautiful, but offer functional touches in an entertaining space.
With an idyllic coast at the doorstep, it only makes sense for the Hamptons style to make the most of outdoor living spaces. And with our own daylight hours growing longer, holidays beckoning, and entertaining season in full swing, we can take a leaf out of their (stylish) book: a whitewashed palette, greenery as an accessory and hints of nautical blue. We love the bamboo bird cages dressed with ivy as an eye-catching suspended feature.
A Candlelit Night
From humble farming beginnings to an internationally sought-after style, The Hamptons aesthetic is cementing itself as a timeless interior design trend. We’d love to help you put together a collection of props for your coming summer events that showcase this cool, calm and casual look!