Libby’s 10 Tips and Tactics on Creating Classic Hamptons Interior Design Style

So you’re looking to create the coastal charm and beach chic Hamptons design style?  I’m going to share with you some secrets of how I’ve created the cool coastal Hamptons interior design look for so many clients. I live in Sag Harbor so it’s natural for me to work on all sorts of home design projects nestled along the sun-kissed shores of Long Island. The Hamptons lifestyle is all about easy elegance, relaxation, and a touch of nautical whimsy. So, grab a cool cocktail, sink into a cozy chair, and I’m going to get you inspired with my ten home decor tips that will help you infuse your space with the essence of Hamptons Style.

1. Embrace the Coastal Palette:

The coastal palette is the springboard of every great Hamptons home design. Think of the ocean’s varied hues—soft creams, breezy blues, and sandy beiges, these colors form the foundation for a serene and soothing environment.  Also pale aqua and soft grays are a great addition to neutrals  that can add personality to a room.  Incorporate soft colors on your walls but keep all the trim and wood work bright white.  Neutral fabrics for furniture, and accents repeating the wall colors will create a tranquil oasis reminiscent of the Long Island seaside.

2. Let There Be Light:

An abundance of natural light is key to achieving the quintessential Hamptons aesthetic. Opt for sheer curtains or embrace bare windows altogether, allowing the sunlight to flow through your space. If privacy is a concern, consider lightweight jute or seagrass blinds or linen drapes that can be easily drawn aside to invite the sunlight in.  Also mount your shades above your window frame and drapes on the walls next to the windows rather than inside the window frame, that way you won’t miss out on any natural light when shades are up and drapes are open!

3. Allure of Natural Textures:

Texture is the secret sauce for just about any interior design look, and the Hamptons style thrives on it. Incorporate natural materials like jute, rattan, and wicker into your furniture, accessories, and flooring choices.  Seagrass wallpaper is a staple of Hamptons home style, all these textured elements come together to bring warmth and depth, creating a coastal living vibe.

4. Coastal Chic Furniture:

When selecting furniture, choose clean, tailored lines, pieces with an understated elegance, and an air of relaxed sophistication. Look for cozy slipcovered sofas, streamlined armchairs, and weathered wood tables. Woven textured ottomans and silver accessories add touches of luxury and then you can top your seating off with soft, plush throw pillows in shades of ocean blues or soft mineral tones.

5. Weathered Wood Finishes

The charm of Hamptons style lies in its ability to evoke a sense of history and nostalgia. Incorporate weathered wood furniture or whitewash existing pieces for a timeless, coastal feel. The wood can be weathered tan or weathered gray tones, these finishes infuse your space with character, making it feel like it’s been a beloved part of your family for generations.

6. Nautical Touches:

Subtle nods to the nautical world can elevate your Hamptons interior design. Introduce striped patterns, navy accents, and rope details into your accessories and artwork. Sailing pictures in sepia tones, polished nickel light fixtures or even nickel nailhead trim on furniture can bring a little sailboat character into your space without being as literal as a buoy or a lighthouse figurine.

7. Soft, Luxe Fabrics:

Nothing says comfort like a cozy nook bathed in sumptuous fabrics. Opt for plush cushions, billowy drapes, and soft oversized area rugs that invite you to kick off your shoes and unwind. Stick to natural fibers like linen and cotton for that coveted understated elegance and luxurious home décor look.

8. Artwork that Speaks Volumes:

Styling your walls with dynamic artwork is an opportunity to infuse your personal taste into the space. Select pieces that evoke the essence of the Hamptons, such as serene seascapes, coastal landscapes, Surfing photography, or even abstract artwork inspired by the ocean’s blue tones. Large artwork also adds depth and dimension to a room and using big pieces offers much more impact than one small piece.

9. Go Big with Statement Lighting:

Lighting is one of the most important tools to transform any room into a warm and inviting space. Embrace large-scale statement lighting fixtures that effortlessly combine Hamptons style while offering plenty of light. Think oversized chandeliers, elegant pendant lights, or eye-catching sconces that make a bold statement while illuminating your space.  You want to make sure all four corners of a room are lit, otherwise the rooms will feel smaller than they really are.

10. Finishing Touches with Fresh Florals:

Lastly, no Hamptons-inspired space is complete without the presence of fresh blooms. Adorn your tables, mantels, and corners with arrangements of seasonal flowers like hydrangeas, tall greens and orchids, bringing the outdoors in.  Arrange vases on chic trays with a scented candle for a finishing touch.

By following these ten timeless tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a home that offers the unmistakable elegance and beauty of Hamptons interior design. Embrace the coastal palette, natural textures, and elegant simplicity while infusing your own personal style. The Hamptons can inspire you to create a space that evokes tranquility, relaxation, and cool coastal feel that only comes from living by the ocean.

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