When it comes to achieving this classic, coastal style, starting with the exterior is key to success. Here are five hallmarks of a Hamptons-inspired home that will ensure you get your dream look from the outside in.
1. Weatherboard-look cladding
The exterior – whether you are starting a new build or renovating your existing property – sets the tone for the rest of your home, and there is nothing more quintessentially Hamptons than a classic weatherboard façade. The perfect combination of traditional and contemporary, weatherboards fit seamlessly into just about every environment and create a simple backdrop for quality fixtures such as lighting and outdoor furniture.
Modern weatherboards are typically made from cement composite rather than timber for a crisp, long lasting look. Scyon Linea™ cladding is ideal for achieving this timeless, coastal look – it has the same streamlined appearance as timber without the upkeep and susceptibility to heat and moisture damage. It’s hard to go past classic white paint, however Scyon Linea can be painted almost any colour.
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2. A muted colour palette
Choosing an exterior colour scheme that you’ll love forever will save you time and money, and a Hamptons-inspired home has a classic muted palette that will never go of style. A soothing, all-white scheme will bring an instant feeling of freshness to an exterior and is a hallmark of Hamptons home, while soft grey or pastels create the perfect beach look.
You don’t have to limit yourself to light colours, however – charcoal or duck egg blue can have a big impact and fit perfectly with this coastal-inspired style. A hue that takes inspiration from the ocean also provides a clean backdrop to introduce warmth and texture to your home’s façade through furnishings – think terracotta pots and an outdoor setting in natural materials like wicker, sisal and linen.
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3. Contrasting trims
Crisp white paint used on doors and windows is a quintessential feature of Hamptons homes, and can really offset your walls. Considering the paint finish is key – 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.
Painting skirtings and window trims a shade lighter than the walls – inside and out – will make larger surfaces visually recede. This is a great way to tie in an exterior colour scheme that uses crisp, white trims against darker weatherboard cladding.
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4. Light-enhancing doors and windows
Hamptons design prioritises bright, open spaces, so allowing plenty of natural light into your home is essential to achieving this look. It is worth taking some time to consider key ways you can create a light-filled home year-round at the very start of your Hamptons-inspired build or renovation. This might be with large, well-positioned windows or even floor-to-ceiling glass window panes.
Sliding French doors and oversized bi-folds can further encourage light as well as create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors. Inside, try using sheer, lightweight curtains and avoid placing larger pieces of furniture near windows to ensure you harness every bit of natural light possible.
5. A gable roof
Elegant and impactful, a gable roof design is one of the most distinguishable attributes of a Hamptons-style home. From the outside, this traditional architecture feature creates a nautical 'boatshed’ appearance and exudes relaxed coastal appeal. Along with weatherboard cladding, it also allows clean, linear lines to take centre stage. Inside the home, the design promotes higher indoor ceilings, which can really open up a room and create a feeling of spaciousness, increase natural light and encourage cross-ventilation.