Hamp­tons style will never date

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - BY Danni Mor­ri­son For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion visit de­sign­by­danni.com.

HAMP­TONS style is the talk of the town in 2017 and par­tic­u­larly in Queens­land. Our her­itage and colo­nial-style homes, and of course our sig­na­ture Queens­lan­der, lend them­selves per­fectly to a Hamp­tons-in­spired ren­o­va­tion.

And while it’s on trend now, this style has been pop­u­lar for decades due to its clas­sic and tra­di­tional ap­proach. Hamp­tons in­flu­ence is no one-hit won­der, and it will con­tinue to be a preva­lent style well into the fu­ture.

They say kitchens sell houses. I’m not sure who “they’’ are, but I most cer­tainly be­lieve them. When it came to re­design­ing our kitchen I wanted to do jus­tice to its tra­di­tional styling while en­sur­ing the kitchen re­mained the hero of the home.

While there are nu­mer­ous vari­a­tions of a Hamp­tons-style kitchen, I had a clear vi­sion of the de­sign el­e­ments I wanted to draw from to best com­ple­ment our home.

Hamp­tons style can be an eclec­tic mix of old and new, which is one rea­son I love and ap­pre­ci­ate it so much.

There are plenty of quin­tes­sen­tial traits that are the mark of a Hamp­tons kitchen to choose dur­ing the de­sign process, with­out for­get­ting big hero pieces.

Yes, the say­ing “less is more” has its place, but not in a Hamp­tons kitchen.

These sig­na­ture fin­ishes in­clude white sub­way tiles, white mar­ble or stone, but­ler’s sink, and shaker-style cab­i­netry. With

‘‘ Hamp­tons style can be an eclec­tic mix of old and new, which is one rea­son I love and ap­pre­ci­ate it so much.

these el­e­ments as your foun­da­tion you can tai­lor your kitchen with mod­ern touches by adding con­tem­po­rary han­dles and light­ing and sim­ple cab­i­netry.

Or keep it tra­di­tional like mine by adding an­tique cup pulls, nau­ti­cal yet clas­sic pen­dant lights and more in­tri­cate cab­i­netry with the faux man­tel over­head cab­i­netry and turned leg de­tail­ing. The pen­dant lights, large stone splash­back and faux man­tel are the hero pieces in my kitchen, and they re­ceive the most com­ments from vis­i­tors. I also feel these pieces com­plete the space and look.

In­stalling floor-to-ceil­ing cab­i­netry not only of­fers us more stor­age space but also takes ad­van­tage of our high ceil­ings, giv­ing the kitchen a sense of grand­ness and el­e­gance.

It’s for­tu­nate that Hamp­tons style is on trend right now as it’s ver­sa­tile and can be tai­lored to suit most bud­gets. For ex­am­ple, you can pur­chase a Villeroy and Boch but­ler’s sink for $2600 or some­thing sim­i­lar from Ikea for $299.

You can source cus­tom-made two-pac cab­i­netry for a lux­ury look, or some­thing ready in store in a vinyl wrap for half the price. Whether you de­cide on a mod­ern Aus­tralian twist or keep it tra­di­tional like mine, I be­lieve you’ll en­joy many years from your Hamp­tons kitchen and have com­fort know­ing that it isn’t go­ing to date.

PHOTO: RIKKI LAN­CASTER

◗ The com­plete Hamp­tons-style kitchen.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ The cab­i­netry and fridge area be­fore the ren­o­va­tion.

PHOTO: JURO DE­SIGN

◗ Hamp­tons-style shaker cab­i­netry and tile de­tail.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ The 20-year-old kitchen be­fore the ren­o­va­tion.

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