Looking to give your facade a Hamptons makeover? These hallmarks offer simple ways to get this classic, coastal style with minimal time and budget.
TIP 1: START WITH A WEATHERBOARD EXTERIOR
There is nothing more quintessentially Hamptons than a classic weatherboard exterior – start here and you're on the way to achieving your dream Hamptons-inspired facade. The perfect combination of traditional and contemporary, you don't need ocean views to enjoy the style and practicality of this Hamptons hallmark – weatherboards work seamlessly with just about every environment, whether your home is located in the city, in the country or on a suburban street.
Modern weatherboards are typically made from cement composite rather than timber for a crisp, long lasting look. Linea™ Weatherboard is ideal for achieving this timeless, coastal look – it has the same streamlined appearance as timber without the susceptibility to heat and moisture damage, making it a great low-maintenance alternative. Linea Weatherboard Cladding can also be used to clad right over the top of brick, giving a tired, old facade an instant makeover.
Did you know Linea Weatherboard is made using a Scyon fibre cement formulation, which means it's durable and made to withstand any Australian climate!
TIP 2: CONSIDER THE COLOUR PALETTE
Taking the time to choose the right exterior colour scheme will save you time and money. Luckily, the classic, muted palette synonymous with a Hamptons-inspired home will never go out of style and will also suit just about any home design and streetscape. It’s hard to beat the classic white paint – soothing, all-white walls will bring an instant feeling of freshness to an exterior – however cladding comes pre-primed letting you paint in any colour of your choosing.
Light grey is another versatile choice for a Hamptons-inspired home, while pastels in coastal-inspired shades such as duck-egg blue and mint green create a calming beachside look. You don’t have to limit yourself to light colours, either – why not make a statement with a striking dark hue such as navy, charcoal or moss green? While they’re not quite the neutrals, these adaptable choices still tick all the boxes for the Hamptons look – go for maximum impact with coloured cladding or play it safe with a statement door or shutters.
TIP 3: CONTRASTING TRIMS
Crisp white paint used on doors and windows can really offset your walls, and it is rare to come across a Hamptons home that doesn't have this hallmark feature. Painting skirtings and window trims a shade lighter than the walls – both inside and out – will make larger surfaces visually recede. The paint finish is also worth considering – while low sheen works best on larger surfaces, high gloss can look great on windows and trims and can be carried inside to skirting boards and architraves, making it a great way to tie in an exterior colour scheme that uses crisp, white trims against darker weatherboard cladding.
TIP 4: CHOOSE TIMELESS FURNISHINGS AND FIXTURES
As with furnishing and decorating a Hamptons home, taking a ‘less is more’ approach to your facade will mean that your exterior will be elegant and understated, saving you money and resulting in a look that you’ll love forever.
Quality fixtures that stand the test of time are key to the Hamptons look, so don’t forget to consider the details – from lighting to door handles – and opt for key pieces that will stand out against a simple backdrop while adding stylish accents.
Outdoor furniture can be used to introduce warmth and texture to your home’s facade– think terracotta pots, a wicker outdoor setting and mats and cushions in natural materials like sisal and linen.
Achieving a Hamptons facade that you'll love forever doesn't need to be difficult or expensive – understanding a few key hallmarks of the look before your renovation will help to get you started!