The Hamptons Style
What is it that we love about the Hamptons style?
It is the simple elegance of it. There is a beautiful mix of timeless style that doesn't date, whilst keeping the look modern, light and airy. Just like fashion, interior style can date and these days it seems to date faster and faster. While it is nice to update your home and keep it fresh, some pieces can be expensive and that is the beauty of the Hamptons look. The main pieces are classic, timeless, base pieces that you can then accessorise to update and modernise your room as fashions change.
It is also light. As it happens we like rooms anywhere to be light and bright and even sat in the Caribbean with the beautiful sunshine we would like rooms flooded with light, but particularly living in England when the winter days are so short and grey, you want your home to feel airy, to make the most of the little light that we do have. Having a light room does not mean that your room has to be cold. You can encourage the natural light into a room, but keep a cosy feel. The Hamptons style is often filled with different textures and fabrics, adding layers and warmth to your home. Layering cushions and throws is a simple way to give a homely feel.
Colour is also an important part of the Hamptons style. The key to acheiving the look is to stick with neutral colours for the main items in your room. Add colour through your accessories. That way if fashions change, or you get bored of a colour it isn't too expensive to change it. For the true Hamptons look, stick with muted soft colours, a blush nude or duck egg blue work beautifully.
Another key element of the Hamptons style is to incorporate natural elements. The easiest way to do this is with wood. A wood floor, or panelling, can add interest to a room, or you can use wood topped tables, such as the Vittorio below. Bleached woods, or driftwood, add to the theme beautifully, but if you want to add warmth a darker natural wood can work just as well. It also adds texture to the room. Stone is another great alternative, such as the Alix stone topped table below. Another simple way to incorporate natural elements is with flowers and plants which always brighten any interior. The main idea is to bring the outdoors in, so be creative and enjoy nature in your home.
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