Are you ready to shake off the last remnants of winter and embrace summer?
Start afresh with a new look for your home. Aussies love the outdoor lifestyle and, for many of us, a house on the coast is the ultimate dream. So why not create a 'beachy', aka Hamptons-style, feel in your home? Fortunately, you don’t actually have to live near the ocean to pull it off!
THE HAMPTONS IS A BEACHSIDE HOLIDAY LOCATION NORTH OF NEW YORK WHICH IS FAVOURED BY THE RICH IN SUMMER.
Hamptons-style decorating is casual and relaxed but at the same time classic and sophisticated. This fresh style is ideal for family living and quite easy to recreate even if you are on a tight budget. Think white walls, timber floors, natural jute rugs, cotton or linen slipcovers and a touch of cane or wicker. Look out for stylish occasional tables, beautiful fabric chairs, soft cushions and lamps for ambience -- they can also add bucket loads of character and flair to a lounge room, or in the home office as a place to read, flip through documents or ponder your next big idea!
A HAMPTONS-STYLE INTERIOR SHOULD HAVE A LIGHT, AIRY FEEL, AND HIGHLIGHT ELEMENTS OF THE LANDSCAPE IN THE DÉCOR.
Bring the outdoors in and theme each room around taupes, greys, various shades of blue, and whites and include plants, natural stone ornaments, shells and paintings or photographs of the ocean, the sky, or sunsets.
You could also go nautical and use navy blue as your accent colour for cushions, throws, or bedding in an otherwise white bedroom, or add a burst of sunny yellow.
Once you've chosen a colour scheme, even one simple statement piece can transform your space into a beachside haven. Find pieces that appeal to you and create a running theme throughout your home to tie your summer style together.
- Fill baskets with ocean treasures, such as shells, coral and driftwood and place them on coffee tables, console tables or benches.
- Glass for sparkle and add interest with rope detailing.
- Play with stripes on cushions, throws and rugs in navy, white and taupe.
- Invest in a vintage model ship or a nautical artifact and display it somewhere prominent.
- Rugs can help to define a large space and a jute rug is perfect for a Hamptons-style theme.
If you’re looking for timber furniture in Sydney, ACT, or regional NSW to complement your Hamptons-style décor, why not have a look at our Coastal collection? With its weathered white-washed finish, we designed it specifically to provide a perfect starting point for your fresh, new coastal-inspired home makeover.