Interior Inspiration: Classic Coastal & Hamptons Style


Hamptons Style conjures the light, breezy atmosphere of living at a sophisticated beach retreat all year long. The aesthetic is defined by casual elegance and luxuriously lazy days – with refined, relaxed pieces in an elegant yet comfortable coastal setting.

Think stripped-back casual detail over contrived design-heavy accents.  Pale, lime washed colour palettes, white shutters and elegant drapes, unfinished wood, pin striped chairs, linen upholstery, timber floors, generous posies of flowers, and plenty of natural elements.

Australian cities are a perfect place to embrace the style – not only is it a classic look that doesn’t date – but the minimal clutter creates a soaring sense of space that maximises a properties proportions. We find the style works very well to enhance the sale potential of a home, is attractive to a broad range of potential buyers, and looks great on real estate listings.

View our recent design project in Darling Point, for Coloured Pencil’s local take on the style. Or take a look at our Pinterest collection below for some more inspiration…


A neutral palette

The light, breezy, natural palette of Hamptons Style has universal appeal. Stick with white walls and unbleached woodwork, and layer greys, pale blues and greens.


Style balance

Furniture is classic yet relaxed, with comfy sofas and wing back chairs covered in cotton, linen and canvas. Throw in an eclectic mix of other timber pieces in darker finishes to contrast with the other light neutrals in the rooms.


A little drama

A classic look that doesn’t date, it is timeless, homely and elegant with elements of French inspired design blending muted glamorous touches. Not glitzy and shiny, it still has a rustic feel, with dark timber elements, flooring and cushions in a monochromatic scheme.


Layer natural elements

Inexpensive and always beautiful, try lush plants, driftwood or shells and sand from the beach. Display them in glass jars and as table centrepieces.


Gently accessorise

Try decorative throw pillows, quilts, luxurious silk bed linen, coastal art prints, and wicker cane furniture and chevron rugs. Use a mix of soft, natural coloured fabrics and cushions, and add a punch of colour with nautical stripes, gingham or florals.