This year, the timeless Hamptons look has been given a unique twist. The result is a fresh and modern take on the look designed for the Australian home and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about this trend and how to apply it to your own home.
A fresh twist on a timeless style
The Hamptons look is a classic, enduring one that is styled around the effortlessly elegant beachside holiday homes of the Hamptons in Long Island, New York State.
Hamptons-style homes are crisp white weatherboard houses whose hallmarks are clean, strong lines, open spaces, design features that embrace natural light, and seamless indoor/outdoor spaces made for easy entertaining.
The Hamptons look has recently begun to undergo a subtle reinvention. While the core features of the look remain, a shift towards using contrasting elements has given it a new look and feel.
We look at some of the ways this trend is being applied in Australia.
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Limestone for a modern coastal look
Perfect for those seeking a modern coastal twist on the Hamptons look, limestone captures the natural beauty and essence of the Australian coast and climate. A hardwearing raw material, limestone works well as a contrast, for example, in areas such as an external facade or to frame a front entrance.
Professional home renovators and one-time winners of The Block Kyal and Kara paired limestone with Scyon™ Linea™ 150mm weatherboard in the front facade of their striking renovation of a beach house in Long Jetty on the New South Wales’ Central Coast late last year.
Scyon Linea is a fibre-cement horizontal weatherboard ideal for use in coastal, Hamptons-style homes. It has the look of timber but is highly durable, low-maintenance and well suited to the Australian climate.
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Darker colours for a Hamptons high country look
Leave behind the mandatory neutral colour palette of the classic Hamptons home and explore darker hues for a sophisticated high country take on the look.
Picture a Hamptons-style house with a dark grey exterior facade. Contrasting windows, verandahs, and trims of bright white finished with elegant details, like a glossy black front door. Inside, the colour palette is one of clean white, black, soft greys and moody blues
This darker-hued style is a sophisticated rework of the relaxed beach luxe of the Hamptons for the country. Scyon Linea weatherboard is well suited to builds of this kind as it is resistant to bushfire, moisture and termite damage.
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Contrast for classic meets modern Hamptons-style
Whether you’re looking to extend your home or add an entertaining or pool area, introducing contrasting materials and textures to a classic Hamptons-style home can create an innovative intersection of old meets new styles.
Rendering or stone can be used to add subtle contrasts, for example, through a feature wall or pool retaining walls. While those wanting to create a more distinctive contrast may choose to integrate a different style of weatherboard alongside their existing Hamptons-style weatherboard.
For example, the different widths of Scyon™ Stria™ – which are available in 255mm (splayed), 325mm (standard) and 405mm (wide) – may be used to distinguish areas of the home, such as an outdoor alfresco area or internal feature wall.
Available in 133mm (grained or smooth) and 400mm (smooth), the vertical cladding of Scyon™ Axon™ can add a dramatic modern element to a classic Hamptons home through multi-directional lines and alternate colours. Particularly when used in new additions to the house, or to highlight upper or lower-storey extensions.