Hamptons theme in line with relaxed WA lifestyle
The Hamptons theme is one of the most beloved and enduring decorating styles in the world, and one that’s particularly popular in Australia.
With our climate, coastal backdrop and relaxed lifestyle, Hamptons-style interiors are a perfect fit for WA homes, according to Jill O’Donoghue, interior stylist at The Furniture Gallery.
“Here in WA we are surrounded by the world’s most beautiful coastline — what better inspiration can you get to accomplish this ageless and classic trend?” she said.
Interior designer Natalee Bowen, of Indah Island, said while the theme was a classic take on the beachside mansions of the US Hamptons region, interpretations varied. light oak timber floors as your starting point. Keep the palette simple and make indigo your go-to colour. If you’ve opted to go traditional, go for more contrast — start with a dark floor and white wall canvas, then layer it up.”
To tap into the “coastal plantation” look, Oswald Homes interior designer Danielle Ellery said it was all about creating a feel of casual beachside luxury, with key touches including cane, white-painted architraves, windowsills and deep skirting boards, timber floors, and shaker-style cabinets, built-in wine racks and a scullery in the kitchen.
“Interior walls are often plain white with just a hint of softness to them,” Ms Harvey said.
“Adding subtle panelled detailing gives a room more style and interest.”
Mr Premici said lighting was another key element.
“Research homes in the Hamptons and you’ll see that lights play a big role,” he said.
“Invest in a few key pieces of furniture in neutral shades — you can seasonally change your accessories to create different looks without breaking the bank,” Ms O’Donoghue said.
Veranda Coastal Living Nedlands owner Sandy Harvey recommends incorporating natural sisal or jute rugs, nickel, timber, stone and glass hurricane vases, linen upholstery (including slip covers), timber floors — either dark or pale and bleached — and wicker or cane furniture.
When it comes to furniture, Ms Harvey said a solid timber dining table was one of the centrepieces of Hamptons-style living spaces.