Who doesn’t love the idea of living in a year-round resort destination? A Hamptons resort style home combines the best of relaxed resort living and chic Hamptons style in one trendy package. So, if you can’t decide between being a tropical traveller or a Hamptons homebody, you can enjoy both with just a few stylish tweaks.
Let’s look at how you can design the perfect Hamptons resort hideaway just in time for summer.
Create a home away from home
With so many fabulous tropical destinations with high-end accommodations on our doorstep, it’s no wonder Australians have a penchant for resort style living. While it isn’t always possible to escape to the tropics every time you get a thirst for a fruity cocktail, you can create a calming oasis within the four walls of your own home.
Marrying the two design concepts of Hamptons chic and resort style cohesively is relatively straightforward given the two have one striking similarity in common: relaxed living. Creating a continual relaxed ambience is all about embracing calming colours, letting nature infuse your living spaces, and adding comforting furnishings to finish off the look.
Tranquil whites, blues and greys are staples in the Hamptons colour palette and can be equally as effective in a resort style palette. Luxurious whites and greys have a beautifully calming effect indoors as well as outdoors, so try and integrate harmonic tones of white and grey when selecting your furniture pieces, flooring and paint colours. As for your exterior treatments, make a significant impact with horizontal timber-look cladding.
Fibre cement cladding such as Linea™ Weatherboard from the Scyon Walls range by James Hardie is not only highly durable in Australia’s harsh climate, but also adds a charming coastal aesthetic to your home’s exterior to bring in that elegant Hamptons component.
Let the outdoors in
Creating a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors is a fundamental element of resort-style living. Voluminous indoor spaces (think high ceilings, open-planned living etc.) and indoor/outdoor rooms can be used to blur the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors to imbue that essence of year-round relaxed resort living.
Adding an outdoor pool with adjoining outdoor room is the perfect addition to mingle Hamptons with resort style. Timber is a favourable decking material for a laidback luxe pool area but does come with high maintenance costs. Choosing a cement composite alternative such as HardieDeck™ will give you the same look as timber but is resistant to moisture, termites and sun damage. Adding Linea weatherboard to the exterior of your outdoor room in a refreshing white tone will complement the textured look of HardieDeck seamlessly.
For a touch of colour, add vibrant greenery around the pool and alfresco area to create instant villa vibes. Tropical-look selections such as the bird’s nest fern, palms, cannas and agaves will provide year-round lush green foliage to transport you to a poolside villa in Noosa. Add a few hibiscus and cordylines for a touch of colour.
While resort style might be all about relaxed outdoor living, you can’t forget about your interiors. Finish off your Hamptons resort look with luxurious furnishings that will kick up the relaxed vibes a few notches.
Ideally, you’ll be working with a white backdrop of white or grey walls so you can add subtle colouring with oversized cushions, lampshades, and decorative glassware. Linen is a popular material as it infuses opulence and texture as well as comfort. Bring in more touchable textures with raw elements such as timber-rattan chairs, sisal rugs, beaded chandeliers, and woven baskets.