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Let’s go Inside- Hampton’s Styling

There are many different styles within the Hamptons’ style. So many in fact, most people often get confused when creating the style within their own homes. When visiting the Hamptons, the exterior of all the homes have the same build elements that create that recognizable ‘Hamptons’ look; Beautiful grey weatherboard, pops of white trim and divine details. However, when it comes to the interior of the home, this is where it can get a bit tricky and we love to bring our clients own style into play, so here’s some helpful tips so you can create your own Hamptons’ style too.

Coastal Hamptons Interiors
When creating a Coastal Hamptons’ style, firstly, some elements of the build are slightly different. To begin, squaring the posts within the home and make sure cabinetry is to the floor with less detailed moldings. Newel posts on your staircase should be cleaner with more structure and we use Coastal VJ for paneling on walls and features, and less focus on detailed cabinetry. You can still use a shaker style cupboard front but when it comes to island benches and wet areas it is more of a clean lined look and feel. Bench tops can also be cleaner, think an engineered stone that is white or grey. Choose a soft colour way, like a blue island bench as this is used to really bring out the blue of coastal locations. Look and think of the home we helped create with Deborah Hutton in Bronte Sydney.

When it comes to styling and furniture, we use a lot of natural textures of jute, linen and sofas with blue and white pops. We layer with greenery and add in accessories such as corals, shells and more beach style elements. Using lots of white on white offers freshness to the space as well. Sofas in this style are more slouchy and soft and seat placement is very important. Lighting also plays a part of the whole scheme and the use of cane pendants is a great way to effortlessly create that beachy feel.

Traditional Hamptons Interiors
To create a Traditional Hamptons’ style the kitchens are by far the most detailed. You can start with decorative moldings and wainscoting, and paneling should be used on most surfaces, with coffered ceilings and dado rails. Picture rails can also enhance this look. Cabinetry in wet areas should also take a lot more detail. Specifically, in the legs of the cabinets and also the bench tops which we use the traditional Carrara Marble. In styling and furniture, we introduce more blue and white, floral and oak tones with depth that grounds a more traditional style. This is where blue and white rugs come into play, with blue linen sofas and more traditional seating like the Louie and Spindle chairs as occasional seating and plenty of Roll Arm sofas for comfort. Chesterfields can also be used with this style, and to finish blue and white ginger jars and more eclectic style accessories. Lastly, lighting is more elegant with hanging chandelier pendants with plenty of detail and crystals throughout. Even in bathrooms and powder rooms, a few beautifully placed lights are a must.

Modern Hamptons Interiors
In the Modern Hamptons’ style, things become more pared back, cabinetry has flatter fronts, cleaner stone is used and sometimes waterfall ends are a common take. Little to no paneling is used, just crisp walls with little detail to create a more modern feel. With styling and furniture, we use more of a monochrome look and feel. You must create more structure with square style sofas and the chairs can have more of a modern twist. We use black and whites within this style and can also add a little tribal feel to add in more texture throughout. When choosing furniture look for clean lines and substance with consoles and buffets whilst keeping the palette more neutral. Lighting can be more structured with the use of modern glass pendants and less detail. Think, wood or concrete at the base of the lights with glass coverings, which screams modern twist.

Indah Island’s Hamptons’
The style we love creating at Indah Island is a little mix of all of the above, whilst being eclectic and bringing in a touch of the Bahamas and British colonial; That is the difference that stands us apart. We introduce our clients to these options and visually show them how to introduce white and black/ blue and whites, oak pops of furniture, layering with natural textures and collectively bringing the outdoors in. It is important to create a flow from front to back, making sure that there is visual appeal throughout and a story is being creating from the first glance. We are huge lighting fans, and see every opportunity to hang a pendent light to create a mood or just for sheer beauty. These can be collectively a bit of everything, from chandeliers to beaded pendants and wall scones, the more the better.

Helping clients creating their own style is what we do best, and we have been asked for years to bring our own Indah Island Hamptons’ style to life… We are very excited to announce we are launching our own Indah Island brand of furniture, fabric and accessories to help do just that; bring the Indah Island Hamptons’ style to life. We had so much fun at the Australian Trade Fair and have picked up so many fabulous goodies to share. To keep updated and informed of the Indah Island Online Store launch jump online and subscribe now so you don’t miss out!