A sim­ple guide to trans­form­ing your kitchen space


AT THE heart of ev­ery home is a beau­ti­ful kitchen and that es­pe­cially rings true if you’re cre­at­ing a Hamp­tons-in­spired mas­ter­piece. The Hamp­tons is a hol­i­day get­away for wealthy New York­ers, so the look is so­phis­ti­cated yet laid back with soft hues of white, beige and blue with nat­u­ral ac­cents of tim­ber, rat­tan and stone. In the kitchen, that means cre­at­ing an en­ter­tainer’s space with a lux­u­ri­ous edge. New shaker-style doors on cup­boards and cab­i­nets is one of the eas­i­est ways to make

a quick change. Imag­ine re­cessed panel doors, light fin­ishes and sleek chrome or brass hard­ware. The key is to be­gin with an all-white pal­ette for the walls, cab­i­nets, bench­tops and the splash­back. White is not only clean and fresh but also gives the il­lu­sion of ad­di­tional space – cru­cial if you are work­ing within a small area. Use lighter tones of stone (that in­cludes mar­ble) for bench­tops and in­tro­duce tim­ber in the form of stools and ac­ces­sories. A large is­land bench is a com­mon fo­cal point in a Hamp­tons kitchen and pro­vides a great cen­tral space for en­ter­tain­ing and din­ing. Cab­i­nets un­der the is­land of­fer ex­tra stor­age, adding an el­e­ment of func­tion­al­ity. Some­times the is­land can be a way to in­te­grate a colour con­trast. For ex­am­ple, if the sur­round­ing cab­i­netry is white, the is­land cab­i­netry can be painted blue or black. In­jec­tions of duck egg blue, geo­met­ric tiles and nat­u­ral tim­ber merge the Hamp­tons style with Noosa’s pop­u­lar ca­sual coastal look.

KICTHEN TRANS­FOR­MA­TION: The Hamp­tons’ style is so­phis­ti­cated yet laid back.

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