Hamp­tons theme in line with re­laxed WA life­style

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Property - Cy Clay­ton

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.

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