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Hamptons Style: How to Decorate in an Aussie Hampton’s Style

You asked and we answered! Hampton’s style furniture is currently our most popular search term; it is taking the internet and interior design enthusiasts by storm this spring and summer. It's so popular that we have actually coined our very own term for this: Aussie Hampton's. Here at VAVOOM we adore the airy, classy and coastal feeling of the Hampon’s and Coastal design which brings a relaxed holiday home and farmhouse feel in a classy and cosy decorating theme. Think white washed and timber furniture, louvred sideboards, substantial raw timber island benches, cross-back dining chairs and oversized linen sofas and you have the starts of a beautiful, breezy palette that oozed al fresco luxury.

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What is Hampton’s Style?

This timeless design is inspired by the architecture and coastal decorating of holiday homes, boardwalks and piers in the the celebrity seaside communities along the eastern beaches of upstate New York’s neighbouring Long Island. If you've watched a movie with the urban New Yorkers lounging on deck chairs on expansive beaches then you will know exactly what we mean, it is how the New Yorkers let their hair down! The interior decorating style creates a relaxed coastal atmosphere with generous proportions of sofas for relaxing, substantial kitchens with oversized island benches for gathering and entertaining, and crisp blue-striped awnings over decks, pools and outdoor entertaining areas.

How can I decorate in a Hampton’s Style?

With Hampton’s and Coastal styling you can’t go wrong with the purest shades of white. This clean, crisp and elegant shade allows the space to flow beautifully and it creates open and expansive depth and freshness to the interior decoration. The use of white-washed plantation shutters, sheer and linen curtains, louvered and large windows with white panels and frames all add to the base of this breathtaking style.

With a base of white, white and more white you can add natural earthy textures of timbers in oak and light woods. Exposed hardwood floors, chunky oak benchtops and raw and recycled timbers all add warmth to the coolness of the white. If you do still want to add colour to the space then take inspiration from the natural world with powder blues, sage green and colours of the ocean. Above all else, the Hampton’s look is more about natural texture and pattern rather than a variety of colours. One shade of blue or one shade of green combined with the white and natural woods is more than enough to make this design style work for you.

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What Furniture is Hampton’s Style?

This is a great question as the Hampton’s Style furnishing can wear many hats. It can be a little rustic French Farmhouse with thick oak dining tables, massive bookshelves and display cabinets and chunky wooden benches. It can be slightly industrial with oversized pendant lights and cross-back dining chairs combined with distressed and recycled timbers. It can be Classical with linen sofas, mirrored consoles with lattice patterns, iron furniture and upholstered high-back chairs. It can also be a bit Bohemian with rattan, cane and natural textures. A common theme is the idea of an ‘X’ or louvered designs in the furniture and geometric lattice shapes. Our range of Louvered buffets, headboards and Manto consoles are great examples of Hampton’s Style Furnishings. 

Comfortable linen armchairs are also a simple way to create a central feature to this look, pair it with our white Bamileke tables and beautiful design books to create the ultimate Aussie Hampton's nook. 

The Details

The beautiful natural elements that bring this design style together are chrome pendant lights, candles, massive lanterns, seaside decorations and ocean motifs, linen table lamps and china blues, chintz and Chinoiserie. Monochrome rugs in neutral tones with simple geometric lattice patterns as well as cushions with piping details in thick linens all piled comfortably on oversized sofas is the perfect combination of comfort and class. The white walls are best adorned with wood framed round or arched mirrors, clocks and abstract paintings. Just remember to keep it simple and the colour palette minimal and you've nailed it.


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