Five Ways to Capture that Quintessential Hamptons Style

Hampton-style houses, inspired by the grand holiday homes of Long Island in New York state, fit well into Canberra where weatherboard cottages have a long and proud history. But true Hamptons style takes on much grander proportions, creating classic, sophisticated homes with luxe details which allow them to stand out on the street.

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Outdoor detail:

What’s a Hampton home without weatherboards? The clean lines of external cladding is just the start. Features such as stately columns, pediments and decorative window trim on large French windows creates interest from the street while letting light and fresh air flood the internal spaces. Bi-fold doors add to the feeling of openness and space and plantation shutters complete the look.

Cool colour palette:

Hamptons homes derive their colour schemes from the coast. Think blue skies, moody water and golden sand. Greys from pale to dark, duck-egg blues and warm neutrals ensure a feeling of calm. Colour choice is vital as it is always set off by a crisp white trim on the external wooden details.

Hamptons under foot.

Timber floorboards are de rigueur in a Hamptons home, unifying the style and adding warmth to the often-expansive white interiors. A mix of light or dark timber can be used to ground the space and herringbone floor patterns add interest and polish.



Hamptons homes are flooded with light thanks to their oversized windows and strong connection to the outside. But pendant lights are typical of the style as they add drama to raked ceilings. Meanwhile, wall lights and sconces, which provide softer glows in the evening, as do table lights. The grander the room, the more it may favour a chandelier.

The heart of the home:

A Hamptons home really does revolve around the kitchen which evokes entertaining on warm summer nights and family connection. Classic kitchen hallmarks include detailed and crisp white cabinetry, large island benches, enormous ovens and plenty of space to display kitchen essentials. Marble benchtops seal the look and elevate the style, while classic subway tiles never go out of fashion.