Hamptons style homes are becoming increasingly popular in Australia and understandably so. The style is elegant, timeless, layered, formal yet homely. Hamptons Style homes require lots of natural light, which makes them perfect for Australia.
What is the Hamptons Style?
The Hamptons style is based on homes built in The Hamptons on Long Island in New York, which are typically associated as being the beach houses owned by affluent residents of New York City. While The Hamptons is in fact situated on the coast, Hamptons style homes shouldn’t be confused with American Coastal style, which is quite different with a less formal look.
How can I achieve a Hamptons Style when building or renovating my home?
A Hamptons Style can be achieved by using a few or a lot of the typical Hamptons features. What you choose to include will depend on both taste and budget.
A formal and grand Hampton’s style home will include a few or all of the following features:
Large Chandeliers are usually found above the dining table and in the master bedroom. Wall sconces are used throughout. Oversized Pendant lights are usually located above the kitchen benchtop. Placing these either side of the bathroom mirror is beautiful and functional.
Paint colours are kept fairly neutral. Kitchens are usually white or navy or a combination of white with dark cabinetry. Sandy creams or white are popular wall colours. Dulux Natural White is a great choice, or if your budget allows, try some of the chalk paint available in Australia now. Duck egg blue or various natural shades can also be used to create warmth.
Dark Timber Floors will offset nicely against the white paint and/or kitchen. For a less formal look, light timber floors are also popular and can help provide a light and breezy feel. Parquetry (herringbone) flooring is also popular. A grand staircase in the entrance of your home can provide a real ‘wow factor’.
Panelling and Sarking
A huge element of the beauty in a Hamptons Style home is in the detailed layering of textures. When building or renovating a Hamptons Style home, this can be achieved using panelling on the walls and/or ceiling. The panels can cover the entire wall, or just the lower section. In this instance, the panels are usually painted white and the rest of the wall is painted another colour, which provides a beautiful contrast and expensive f to the room.Benchtops
Benchtops are usually constructed from marble and occasionally timber. There are plenty of marble look alternatives available now, which avoid a lot of the problems that can be associated with genuine marble, such ad porosity and staining.
Once your home is completed, you may wish to engage an interior designer to assist in furnishing your home. Typical Hamptons Style interiors generally include long drapes/curtains, billowing sheers, plantation shutters, rattan outdoor furniture, table lamps and high quality scented candles.
Are you thinking of building a Hamptons Style Home?
ARCA are renowned as being one of Melbourne and Geelong’s premier custom home builders. Our expert and experienced team can assist you in designing and building your dream Hamptons Style home.
Whether you already have your plans and or need an experienced and professional builder to design your Hamptons Style home for you; the friendly team at ARCA would love to help.
For your obligation free consultation, call us now on 1800 GENTRIFY or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.