Beautifully bright and breezy, homes in New York’s Hamptons are synonymous with calming interiors that complement their coastal settings. Crisp yet relaxed, classic and elegant, Hamptons’ style is fitting of these larger-than-life seaside houses, and the one thing they all have in common is their easy indoor-outdoor style, which is just as at home in Australia as it is the East Coast of America. Fancy replicating this easy-living style in your home? Then there’s no better place to start than with your kitchen, which is often the hub of these expansive seaside houses. Read on to find out four key ways you can get that much-loved Hamptons style in your own kitchen.
1. Keep It Light
Light, white kitchens are key to this look to give it the elegant style it’s renowned for. Soft greys and neutral tones will also work, but ultimately, it’s all about crisp white doors and white walls if you want to achieve the same airy feel. Hamptons homes are known for their large, sophisticated kitchens with traditional cabinetry,and they’re a great starting point when it comes to looking at your own space. To keep your kitchen looking crisp and clean, opt for white gloss metro tiles for the splashback and consider laying them in different formations for interest. Alternatively, marble is ideal for benchtops and splashbacks, especially when teamed with a dark wood floor as a contrast.
You can also add interest to the space with surface patterns. Herringbone wood flooring adds texture and pattern to a neutral kitchen, while remaining classic in style. For a modern twist, play around with shapes, too – a round dining table to contrast against the straight cabinetry lines, pendant lights with large metal frames, and tiles laid in a different format will all add interest.
2. Choose The Right Cabinetry
Originating in England during the 18th-century Shaker movement, Shaker cabinetry is used in most traditional Hampton-style kitchens and the thought behind it was to keep things functional and plain in style. When choosing shake-style cabinet doors for your Hamptons-inspired kitchen, consider choosing cabinetry with a frame and panel profile for a traditional look. You may also want to opt for a solid colour, rather than wood, but keep in mind that for true Shaker style, neutral colours are key.
You can also keep on-trend by using modern handles. To ensure the timeless look stays contemporary and up to date, choose on-trend handles, such as distinctive black designs, that set a bold, stylish tone.
3. Don’t Forget The Details
It’s not only the cabinetry that you’ll need to consider – the smaller elements all play a part in creating Hamptons style, too. Glass doors, are a perfect and popular feature and are ideal for keeping your favourite coastal-inspired accessories on display, as well as adding variation to a run of wall units. Then there’s the handles, which add a personal touch to your cabinetry. Solid cup handles, are popular for Hamptons-style kitchens, offering a sophisticated touch and working seamlessly with the traditional looking cabinetry.
When it comes to lighting, choose nautical-inspired pendants – the larger the better! Fisherman-style lights give a nod to the coastal theme, with their glass and industrial polished-steel detailing. On the bench top, display a few bread and chopping boards, in varying sizes, to add a natural wood touch, while continuing the functional theme of Hamptons style. Alternatively, a small plant or herb will breathe life into your scheme and add a pop of colour to your neutral kitchen.
Be sure to choose your bar stools carefully. hether you opt for wood or metal bar stools, it’s wise to think about what style will best suit your kitchen. For example, if you’re after something modern to add to your traditional Hamptons kitchen, then opt for a stool design with metal legs or a sleek finish. Alternatively, those after a more colourful design may want to consider a bright red or navy number, to fit in with the colour palette of this coastal look.
4. Add Simple Touches
Sometimes the beauty of a scheme can be in the simplicity, and no more so than in a Hamptons-inspired kitchen. Soft lighting behind the cabinetry, benchtops free from clutter and handleless cabinetry will all offer your space a contemporary edge and a cleaner feel. Keep any colour reserved purely for accessories, instead, with blue and white ceramics on display, along with some shells or other coastal-inspired accessories. Remember, the idea is to have just a nod to the coast, without making it too much of a beach theme.
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