Relaxed and elegant, Hamptons style is inspired by a breathtakingly beautiful area near New York that’s a getaway for the rich and famous.
Hamptons kitchen designs in Melbourne truly reflect their renowned coastal namesake, and work just as well here on the other side of the word. They are the epitome of classic yet casual; bringing a wonderfully laid-back feel to a style that exudes refinement and sophistication.
The good news is that you don’t have to live by the water to incorporate this enduring and popular style in your home.
Key Hamptons Style Features
Space and light are key elements of a Hamptons style kitchen.
Think open spaces, with high ceilings that allow room for decorative mouldings around the cabinetry, and bright natural light streaming through large windows.
Given this aesthetic, it’s hardly surprising that white is often the colour of choice.
Other pale neutral colours are also popular, such as sandy tones that reinforce the coastal theme.
For added colour, choose shades of blue and green – everything from duck egg blue through to navy or aqua and soft sea greens work superbly.
Large or oversized pendant lights continue the emphasis on light and suit high ceilings that are typical of the style.
Simple white cabinetry is another Hamptons kitchen hallmark.
Traditional shaker-style cabinets, comprising a simple flat centre piece with a frame around the edges, are always popular. Shell inspired handles or small dark knobs are fabulous hardware choices.
ISLANDS AND BENCHTOPS
Islands in Hamptons kitchens are ubiquitous. They provide extra bench and storage space, and an area for relaxed, casual stool seating.
You often see traditional decorative features on the island such as panelled cabinetry and corbels.
Stone benchtops work wonderfully well for this style. Marble is the classic, timeless choice, and reconstituted stone splashbacks such as Caesarstone are also a great option.
For splashbacks, ceramic tiles are a natural choice given the emphasis on traditional features.
White subway tiles look particularly at home in a Hamptons kitchen.
Wooden floorboards suit the style best; either dark or white washed.
A French Feel?
As you can see, Hamptons kitchens share many features with French Provincial style of architecture, and many kitchens take design inspiration from both.
Other natural materials such as linen fabrics, cane, coir, glass and wood also feature.
Cane stools, often painted white, are a popular seating option for the kitchen islands.
These days, the coastal element of the style tends to be quite understated – more “chic” than “beach”, but decorative items that evoke the coastal feel also add character while keeping within the Hamptons style’s parameters.
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