Bright, airy and perfect for entertaining, Hamptons-style homes are becoming more popular than ever in Australia.
One of their defining features are breezy outdoor living areas that embody an effortless, beachy feel synonymous with the coastal charm of the classic American holiday homes.
Achieving the look depends on introducing a few key design features. Read on to discover how you can instantly turn your outdoor space into a Hamptons-style haven that’s perfect for long summer nights with friends and family.
Add a verandah
Summer nights in the Hamptons are best spent with a drink on the verandah, a key feature of any Hamptons-style home.
Simple wooden decking and white railings are part of the classic look, which works well both in an elevated or ground-floor position. If you’re lucky enough to have coastal views, a raised verandah can help you maximise these.
Verandahs also offer a covered place to sit, which is perfect for creating shade or a place to retreat to when it rains.
Create an indoor-outdoor connection
Hamptons-style homes are all about bringing the outdoors in while creating a seamless sense of flow with your home’s interior.
Create a space perfect for entertaining by introducing sliding doors that open out from your kitchen or living area onto the decking. It will allow guests to mingle effortlessly and makes it easy when cooking and serving food.
Sliding glass doors also let more light in and provide a fantastic view of the outdoors, even when the weather isn’t good enough to be outside. Another great way to create this connection between spaces is by introducing common design motifs such as natural materials and accent colours – shades of blue are a classic Hamptons choice.
Make a splash with a pool
Channel those laidback Hamptons holiday vibes by adding a pool to your backyard. It’s the perfect place to cool off on hot days or to relax next to with a drink.
Hamptons style is all about sleek simplicity, so focus on fuss-free rectangular or square designs, surrounded by sunbeds in classic coastal shades of white and blue.
Focus on alfresco entertaining
Hamptons-style homes were originally built for spending quality time with loved ones. Traditionally an escape from the city for wealthy New Yorkers, homes in the Hamptons place the emphasis on effortless entertaining.
Channel this style by building your outdoor space with socialising in mind. It can be as simple as setting up an alfresco dining area and BBQ or a more elaborate outdoor kitchen with bar. When designing a Hamptons-style outdoor space, having somewhere to host dinner and drinks is key.
Use coastal materials and a nautical colour palette
Whether your Hamptons-style home sits near the beach or not, you’ll want to embrace a nautical colour palette and coastal materials to create that classic Hamptons vibe.
Timber touches, decorative rope or seashells, and décor in shades of blue and white all add up to create a quintessential Hamptons feel. Ideally, you’ll want to keep things clean and simple – think white-washed outdoor furniture, blue stripes on cosy lounge cushions and small nautical emblems like anchors.
Ready to create your dream Hamptons-style outdoor living area? Get in touch with the expert team at Hampton Homes Australia today.