A Hamptons style façade captures the quintessential coastal vibes of Long Island’s East End with elegant roofing, cool colours, striking weatherboard and plenty of decorative embellishments. So whether you’re renovating an existing beachside cottage or building your suburban hideaway from scratch, any home can be transformed to mirror the elegant coastal façade of Hamptons style homes.
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A striking weatherboard exterior marries the two biggest assets in a Hamptons style home: colour and texture. Without being able to use actual timber on a Hamptons style exterior, a cement composite alternative such as Linea™ weatherboard still adds the textural element of timber without the requisite maintenance costs. What’s more, Linea weatherboards are pre-primed for a smooth paint application and lasting finish.
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The coastline is the ultimate colour muse when creating a Hamptons style home. Calming neutrals in white, cream, linen, grey and blue remind us of being at the beach by invoking images of the sand, sea and shells. When using these colours to create an exterior coastal colour scheme, it’s important to contrast colours between your roofing, weatherboard and corner trims.
If you’re looking to offset a dark grey roof, you can choose muted greys or whites for your weatherboard. One of the most popular colours we've seen being used is Dulux Spanish Olive.
To make decorative features such as corner trims, window trims, and bargeboards stand out, use the same colour as your roofing. If you have your heart set on an all-white exterior, a galvanised metal roof or shingle roof will work well with Dulux Snowy Mountains Quarter like Three Birds Renovations chose for their eighth project.
How to add detail with exterior lighting
Exterior lighting is a commonly overlooked detail when planning a Hamptons style exterior but can add so much appeal. Functioning as both a light source and a decorative embellishment, exterior lighting can be used around doorways, in corners, verandahs and outdoor rooms.
Much like corner trims, bargeboards and window trims, the colour of your exterior lighting scheme will depend on the overall look you’re going for. If you’ve chosen to use contrasting colours between your roof, weatherboard and trims, you could continue with the same trend on your exterior lights. Alternatively, if you’re adopting an all-white exterior look, use the same white tones on your exterior lights. For a dramatic pop of colour, use black or a very dark grey on your exterior lights.
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For extra pizzazz in an outdoor room, hanging a beaded chandelier over your outdoor table will create a serious wow factor and is a great way to incorporate those gorgeous coastal textures.
Remember that all exterior wall lights should be mounted at eye level. This is a particularly important rule when mounting longer light fixtures such as lanterns where a globe is positioned at the top end of the glass lantern.
Wall Sconce Lighting
When it comes to choosing exterior wall sconces, it’s important to consider how these lights are going to tie in with your weatherboard.
Both contemporary and traditional Hamptons style homes suit metal exterior lighting fixtures such as wall lanterns, pendants and gooseneck lights. The metal material works brilliantly to contrast against the timber look of the weatherboard and invokes the rustic essence of old shipyards. Metal pendant lights can also be used above doorways and in outdoor rooms.
If you’re using cylindrical wall sconces be mindful of the direction of your weatherboards – if you’re working with horizontal weatherboard then your sconces should always be positioned vertically.