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Hamptons Style Interiors have taken the interior design and decorating world by storm! At Amerex, we are increasingly fielding questions about the Hamptons Look. Some people call it Hamptons Design, Hamptons Style or the Hamptons Look. Whatever you want to call it, it is so hot right now! We are getting asked:
The answer to all of the above is a resounding YES!
In fact, the Hamptons style works remarkably well in Western Australian homes. Our laid back and outdoors lifestyle with an abundance of sunshine is very similar to the Hamptons lifestyle. Have a look at this home completed in Nedlands and be inspired by the Hamptons style interiors and decorating. It is simply stunning.
I can almost hear your next questions – What exactly is Hamptons style decor? And, Where did it come from?
The Hamptons style comes from an area known simply as ‘The Hamptons’. The Hamptons is an coastal area on Long Island, north of New York. This is where rich and famous New Yorkers spend their summer holidays, in their luxury holiday homes.
These homes ooze style and class in a casual, yet sophisticated way. When done well, the Hamptons style feels casual and relaxed, yet with quality classic finishes it also has an elegant edge.
The Hamptons interior style typically looks very light, bright and breezy with plenty of natural daylight streaming in. Colours are predominately white with blue and lemon accents.
Key features and ways to achieve the Hamptons look are to follow a nautical inspired colour palette, a strong emphasis on white, with natural products such as timber featuring on the floors and in furniture.
A white colour palette is a very important and key to the overall look. As such, walls are usually painted soft white. White reflects the light and is important ingredient in achieving the bright and breezy and open feel.
Again white, white and more white. Splashbacks are typically high gloss or white subway tiles. The overall feel of the kitchen should have a glamourous edge so stone benchtops work very well.
Charcoal and chrome accents in appliances and chairs are fine, as long as the kitchen is predominantly white.
Timber floors are just one of the reasons why this look works well with Perth character homes which nearly always have jarrah floorboards. For a point of difference you can bleach old floorboards, or even stain them darker. We prefer to leave them natural and polished, but if you want to change up your look these are options to consider.
Timber furniture also works well with this look. Consider a rustic oak dining table and occasional tables in a lighter coloured timber.
Lounges/sofas are relaxed fabric such as linen and are either neutral in colour or nautical blue and may even have light stripes. If you go for a neutral beige or soft white, it is very easy to accessorise with cushions to add in a pop of colour.
Lighting features elegant pendant lights over island benches and large table lamps in living areas make from metal or linen or blue ceramic.
Decorating Hamptons style is easy to achieve. A super easy way is to introduce coastal aspects.
Ornamental items such as shells, driftwood, blue bottles, or nautical themed pictures framed in white or with a driftwood border work beautifully.
Hamptons style interiors love details such as old fireplaces, architraves, skirting boards, cornices and wall panelling. Many of these features are already present in Perth character homes.
At Amerex, we have also noticed that wall panelling is starting to become popular lately. Not the old dark timber kind you would have found in an old Drawing Room. Just simple panelling painted white. This can be done quite affordably and can provide a great look and feel to a room.
Natural daylight is important – in fact key – to achieving the light and breezy feel of the Hamptons style. You must therefore, make sure that you think about this at the design stage. It is hard to make windows larger later on!
The Hamptons Style design needs to incorporate large windows, and large openings such as bifold doors across the rear of the home opening up onto an living area. Again, this is perfect for Australian homes, and in particular character homes that are looking to add a home extension at the rear.
Large windows and doors that open up, are complemented perfectly with white wooden shutters and sheer curtains.
Landscaping is neat and manicured and white picket fencing sets everything off perfectly. Again this is perfect for the gorgeous character homes in Perth’s older suburbs.
Gable style roof with balconies on two-storey homes. With most Perth character homes featuring gables already, you can quickly see why the Hamptons style is so easy to adapt to an Australian home.
Externally, painted white timber and/or mouldings around the windows are common features, with dark or charcoal roofs often playing a part in the look, though not essential.
Light fittings are of a lantern-style design are a popular part of the look too.
Whether you call it the Hamptons Look, Hamptons Style, or Hamptons design, it seems that this look is here to stay.
The look is easy to achieve, and is so classic that it stands the test of time, just like the beautiful homes on Long Island.
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben Inglewood
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil North Perth
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine Wembley
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel Woodlands
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
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