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Renovating for the Hamptons look? Learn how you can create a classic weatherboard exterior that is synonymous with Hamptons homes, as well as consider a kitchen refresh and revamp your furnishings with a <$20K budget.

This article was written by Australia’s Hamptons expert, Natalee Bowen of Indah Island.


As with a <10K renovation budget, working from the outside in is key to achieving a Hamptons-inspired home. With a little more to spend, you can create a classic weatherboard exterior that is synonymous with Hamptons homes, as well as consider a kitchen refresh and revamp your furnishings for the coastal-inspired style.

First impressions are everything

There is nothing more quintessentially Hamptons than a weatherboard facade, and with a budget of up to $20,000 you can achieve this hallmark look. Defined by strong, clean lines, this style lends classic, coastal charm and timeless street appeal, leaving a great first impression. Depending on the size of the front of your home, you could use Linea™ Weatherboard from the Scyon™ Walls range by James Hardie™, while a larger budget will allow for a few extra details such as Axent™ Trim for a pristine finish.

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The clean lines of Linea Weatherboard lend a classic edge to this Sydney Hamptons style home.

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Another great way to bring some Hamptons style to your exterior is by painting your front door, an inexpensive update that will make your entrance a standout feature. This could be done in either a black or a crisp white depending on your exterior paint colour. Consider the paint finish as well – while low sheen works best on larger surfaces, high gloss can look great on doors, windows and trims. A dark, glossy front door contrasted against white weatherboard cladding will bring instant Hamptons style to your facade.

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A sleek black door against white Linea Weatherboards is an inexpensive update that will make your entrance a standout feature.

Interiors and furniture

When considering ways to add value to your home, paneling the walls is a great option that can transform the appearance instantly. Using HardieGroove™, start from the front in the entrance and hallway, then move inside the rooms. Next up is the kitchen – nothing screams ‘Hamptons’ like a great kitchen. A quintessential Hamptons look includes white shaker-style cabinets and a subway tile splashback. As with the outside, less is more, so rather than worrying about what’s on trend, look for classic pieces – from cabinetry and lighting to tapware and door handles – that will stand the test of time.

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Enhance your interior with soft textiles such as cushions in seaside tones of blue and white, and add some greenery!

When looking at your furnishings, there are numerous ways you can use furniture and decor to create a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living areas. As with a <10K budget, a linen lounge, cane singular chairs and jute rug will be key additions, which can be enhanced with some lush indoor greenery and soft textiles such as cushions in seaside tones of blue and white. This will soften the look of your home and bring touches of colour to a neutral palette.

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Top 5 tips on a $20k budget

  1. Get the classic weatherboard look with by Linea Weatherboard, adding Axent Trim for crisp, white trims.
  2. Freshen up the colour both inside and out, keeping to white-on-white or a soft, coastal-inspired palette of white, blue, grey and cream.
  3. Revamp your kitchen with shaker-style cabinetry and a white subway tile splashback.
  4. Bring greenery inside to for a seamless indoor/outdoor feel – a few oversized pot plants and palms will create the perfect holiday-at-home look and add vibrant colour to a neutral palette.
  5. Soften up the space with furnishings – floor rugs, throws and cushions in neutral tones and natural materials such as jute and linen will complement your home’s seaside colour palette.

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