The Hamptons look is rooted in American history but Australians are modernising the trend to suit a more laid-back lifestyle.
There’s no doubt that Australians are interested in Hamptons styling. This is illustrated by the fact that #hamptomsstyle has more than 195,000 tags on Instagram. And according to realestate.com.au it’s the most searched for architectural phrase ahead of Scandi, Modern, Mid-Century, Coastal and Art Deco.
Keeping the masculine features (big chunky posts and large window frames) the Australian version of the Hamptons look is less traditional, with open-plan spaces that are functional for families. It’s also a style that translates to the Australian landscape and can blend seamlessly in both coastal and country locations. You will find many Hamptons style homes starting to pop up in places like the Sunshine Coast.
Looking at bringing the Hamptons look to your home? We’ve got some major inspiration to transform your home into a Hamptons sanctuary with a distinctly Australian flavour.
How to create an Aussie Hamptons aesthetic on your home’s exterior
These five tips might be simpler than you think and they all involve bringing a relaxed coastal feel to the space.
1. Set the tone
Hamptons styling involves lots of timber joinery and the key is in the detail. A great tip is to use horizontal cladding for the exterior and a vertical-lined panel for the interior walls. It’s also all about a pared-back colour palette so focus your colours around whites and greys. We love Dulux polar white for cladding and Dulux terrace white for render.
TIP: Louvred windows are wonderful for catching the cross breezes and have a laid-back Aussie feel to them.
2. Make a neat entrance
Sunshine Coast houses are usually built to accommodate people with active lifestyles. This means a grab it-and-go approach to getting out of the house and on to the beach in Mooloolaba or Noosa! Putting items near the door is fairly standard practice. Whether working with a narrow hallway or something more grand, Aussie beach house homeowners make the most of the entry space by providing hangers for hats, towels, beach bags and anything else they might need to take with them as they’re heading out the door.
TIP: Add some baskets to store your thongs, sunscreen and fresh towels for a quick trip down to the beach, or to temporarily store those things you don’t want to forget on your next outing.
3. Details matter
From the balustrades and timber trim, to the louvres and window treatments – it’s all about refining the details in Hampton-style homes; so don’t skimp on these elements.
Beach houses traditionally use natural materials and textures to create a beachy style in the main living areas of a home, but there are a few items that are typically Australian. This could be hardwood tree trunk stools, upholstery with Australian native florals or perhaps a wool throw for cool evenings.
TIP: Accessorise in odd numbers with treasures from the sea and beach, and use pops of bright colour alongside more natural tones.
4. Mix up your greenery
While Hamptons homes commonly have manicured lawns, we suggest planting to suit your home’s surrounding environment. Beachside gardens needs to be stocked with robust plants, able to withstand the coastal elements. Think palms, agaves, yuccas and the iconic Australian beachside pandanus tree. These plants are well suited to full-sun locations.
Native species in particular do wonderfully well in the harsh coastal environment. Add some concrete planters, old lobster pots and some worn and weathered timber or driftwood to enhance the laid-back style.
TIP: Don’t forget garden lighting to create inviting outdoor ambience. Use soft up-lights to accentuate trees, floor lights to see where you’re going and downlights to see what you’re doing.
5. Hook up an outdoor shower
Nothing screams “I’m on the Sunshine Coast” more than throwing your towel onto a hook and rinsing the sand off under an outdoor shower. It’s a really practical idea too – who needs to be sweeping up sand when it can be easily rinsed off outside?
TIP: Make sure you can access the outdoor shower from the street. If you don’t have side or rear entry to your home, the shower will need to be out the front or you’ll still be trekking sand through the house.
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