Whether you’re completely transforming your home or just starting to steer it in the right direction, it is imperative to know a few things about the theme you want to achieve.
The classy yet refined, Hamptons is the most popular interior style on the Gold Coast and our clients are constantly asking us to help them achieve the look.
Here are our top seven design hacks to get you started...
CREATE ELEGANCE BY FRAMING YOUR WALLS
Add definition, height and character to any room by painting your walls a light grey that contrasts against the stark white of your trims and cornices. Not only will this make your space look larger, it will also make everything feel more cohesive and designed.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF WALLPAPER
Times have changed and crazy 70s prints are a thing of the past. Classic patterns like stripes and damasks in neutrals or soft blues are perfect for creating elegant feature walls that scream Hamptons style.
DRESS UP YOUR OLD PIECES
Got some chunky old timber furniture that you can’t bear to part with? (we know you do) Give them a new lease on life by sanding them back and painting them white. You can even go the full mile by replacing old handles with gorgeous clamshell pulls or rounded knobs in black or chrome.
REPLACE YOUR CEILING LIGHTS WITH CLASSY PENDANTS
Centrepiece lights, like the ones above your dining table or kitchen bench, present a great opportunity to bring in some of that Hamptons style and charm. Choose metal framed pendants that show off decorative light bulbs underneath. For added character, pick a light with exposed bolts that contrast against smooth and sleek surfaces.
BRING IN THE BLUES
Blues, both pastel and royal, are timeless colours that work perfectly for graceful accessories like vases, cushions and ornaments. If you keep the pops of colour to the smaller pieces, it is easy to swap and update your homewares as trends change. However, if you are absolutely loving the blues, try adding a bold feature piece like a jewel toned armchair.
SOFTEN SPACES WITH FABRIC
Creating a space that is both inviting and sophisticated is a fundamental element of the Hamptons style that can easily be achieved by the addition of fabric.
Sheer curtains, linen cushions and draped throws all help to turn your home from stark and harsh to cosy and elegant.
ENLIST THE HELP OF A DESIGNER TO GET ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE (AND DISCOUNTED) PRODUCTS
Working closely with an Interior Designer can give you access to a range of wholesale suppliers, this means they can pass on huge discounts from some of your favourite shops as well as giving you access to product that isn’t always available to the retail market.
An experienced Designer can help you pick out pieces with real Hamptons character and flair; and don’t worry, hiring a one won’t break the bank.
Carla Rausch Designs offers 1.5-hour onsite consultations for only $220 +gst. You can use this time to gain inspiration and direction to get your project started. The designer will bring a range of product samples specific to your requirements to help you get things underway.
Give the CRD studio a call on 07 5646 5544 to book your onsite consultation.
Accessorise your Hamptons look...
No space is complete without accessories to match. Carla Rausch Designs can assist by finding the best suppliers around to provide you with unique and beautiful pieces. CRD also offers a range of stylish and exclusive products including mirrors, vases, artwork and handmade diffusers and soy candles.
Check out the studio tab on our website to get a glimpse of what we offer or drop by to shop 3, 1 Tallai Road on the Gold Coast to say hi.