Trendspotting: The Hamptons

In our Trendspotting series we'll be taking a look at the latest ideas in building design and interiors

That famous string of seaside communities and long stretches of beach known as a Summer destination for affluent New Yorkers, the Hamptons, may be over 15,000km away from our sunny shores but its architectural and interior style is becoming an ever popular design choice in our own Aussie backyard.

With the resident’s of the Hamptons often defined by their wealth, beauty and status, their homes are defined by a relaxed elegance, comfortable, beachy style that embraces bright and breezy interiors with white or pale toned walls that incorporate natural textures and high end elements that mix both old and new.

Architecturally speaking spaces with a Hampton’s feel include weatherboard exteriors, expansive verandahs and external spaces and floor to ceiling windows and French or bi-fold doors to let in those beautiful coastal views.  Window reveals should add depth and can be achieved with rebated windows and external window shutters and trims.

A contrast of natural textures (timber, stone, brick) and combining clean, simple lines with rustic, imperfect touches will help achieve a look that truly emulates the Hamptons style.  It is worth keeping in mind that the design should be appropriate to the landscape and so the Australian take on this look is often a little less ‘heavy’ in feel and looks to alternatives for the traditional shingled roof and the excess mouldings commonly seen.

While completely coastal and relaxed in feel the key to this look is high end and sophisticated. Think abundant light, natural elements like wicker furniture, driftwood artfully displayed and vintage or industrial-style pendant lighting mixed with modern elements.  A quick trip to Brisbane’s latest addition to the design and lifestyle district Fortitude Valley, America’s own Pottery Barn, will see you quickly immersed in the Hamptons style.

Here are some recent projects designed by Bianca Gemmill & Lee Pope in our Gold Coast office and Richard Templeton in our Brisbane office that incorporate the Hamptons look.  For more inspiration you can also head over to our Hamptons Chic Pinterest board.


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Designed by Lee Pope

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Designed by Lee Pope



Hamptons Exterior 1
Design by Bianca Gemmill
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Design by Bianca Gemmil
Hamptons Exterior 3
Design by Richard Templeton
Hamptons Exterior 4
Design by Robert Templeton