HAMPTONS IN THE KITCHEN
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.