How to get the Hampton’s look!
Bright and elegant, classic and casual, the Hampton’s style is the smart-casual of interior design. The longevity of this highly popular style can be attributed in part to its ability to make you feel comfortable, and showcases flexibility of design, with many variations allowing for a high level of personalisation to suit many tastes.
Within itself, it can be divided into three variations: South Hampton’s, for the classic style; East Hampton’s, for the coastal beach look; and North Hampton’s, for a modern take which incorporates bold colours and mixes in contemporary fittings.
The Hampton’s style originated as the American version of the French interior design styles Rococo and Empire. In essence it is classical, spacious and sophisticated, with generous proportions and evidence of fine craftsmanship in the fixtures and finishes. An abundance of natural light and a neutral palette are other defining characteristics, with finishes in soft metals providing subtle accents.
South Hampton’s is the classic version, combining lux and comfort with a light and neutral-toned palette, and the layering of natural textures. A natural timber floor against white cabinetry is a key foundation, and elements can feature structural lines.
In kitchens and bathrooms, the French influence can be clearly seen, with glass window cabinets, white and cream panelled cabinetry, marble bench tops and fittings in bronze or brushed nickel.
East Hampton’s incorporates a coastal theme, adding touches of sea blues and greens to a light and breezy neutral palette. Usually set against a dark wooden floors, central pieces in crisp whites and warm natural colours are mixed with fabrics in different patterns and textures, with rugs, throws and scatter cushions building a comfortable and casual layered effect. Statement pieces are nautical inspired, and blues replicated as accents throughout enhance the coastal feel. Shaker-style cabinetry with quartz stone tops, satin chrome and gunmetal fittings make something new look old.
North Hampton’s is the modern take, combining classic elements with current colour and material trends to create a bolder version of the style. The neutral palette leans more towards natural greys with black accents, sometimes paired with natural materials for warmth, such as in-laid stone floors, or black timber. Create your kitchen or bathroom look by using the typical moulded cabinetry in a neutral grey, black or your favourite contemporary bold colour, and pairing it with tapware and fittings in brushed gold, gun metal or matt black. Large round mirrors in black or white, with wall sconces or two small drop pendants is the perfect look for a North Hampton’s inspired home.
Creating the perfect Hampton’s look is achievable if you follow these guidelines.
- Ideally, your design should be based on an open plan living with lots of natural light featuring big windows and French doors
- Aim to have a hero piece in every room
- Use structured, classic window furnishings such as floor to ceiling curtains or sheers in neutral tones, or white plantation shutters
- Softly light your spaces by using wall lights and sconces
- Incorporate detailing with timber moulding along hallways and staircases, and integrate detailed trims such as architraves, cornices and skirtings
- Choose white cabinetry with a Shaker-style profile, and finish with polished nickel or satin chrome handles for the classic look
- Select bold Classic Blue or Black colour for you vanity along with brushed nickel, satin chrome, gunmetal, satin gold or matte black tapware and accessories for a more modern feel.
- A key element of a Hampton’s-style bathroom or kitchen is white with grey veined marble bench top or Quartz Stone. If you’re on a budget, marble-look reconstituted stone is a fine substitute
- The bathroom vanity featuring panel detailing is the piece that will define your bathroom look as Hampton’s
- Keep to warm neutral colours for the tiles. Greys and whites always work well in a smaller size
- Mirrors are also a feature for Hampton’s interiors, choosing a simple design or ornate framing depending on the overall style you are looking to achieve
- An upmarket piece of decor will add a touch of sophistication