Hamptons Classic

It's a truth universally known: effortlessly cool, coastal-inspired interiors are always in style. Our design experts dish their tips and tricks for nailing the look.

Written by:Georgina McWhirter
Photographed by:Steve Henkes

Cambria design shown: Brittanicca™

Keep the palette from becoming too stereotypically nautical by reaching for blue-grays over heavy-handed aqua or bright cerulean. “It’s perfect for the Hamptons—a soft, soothing shade that echoes the sky,” says designer Scott Sanders. Here, the kitchen island is painted Benjamin Moore’s Gray Timber Wolf, which has just a tinge of blue. The cool-toned paint plays well against the warm wire-brushed oak floor: “It’s all about balance,” explains designer Tracie West Irving.

A coastal inspired dining room with blue chairs, white hutch topped with white quartz, a sea-inspired painting, and wooden flooring.

Cambria design shown: Whitehall™.

Having designed many Hamptons style homes during my stint in NYC, I quickly came to appreciate that simplicity, ease of flow, fluidity of light, and crisp clean edges define a classic Hampton’s style.
Andrea Swan,
Premier AIA Architect owner of Swan Architecture

Our Design and Build Experts

  • Andrea Peschel Swan, premier AIA Architect owner of Swan Architecture, swanarchitecture.com
  • Darsi Floersch and Tracie West Irving, interior design gurus at Martha O’Hara Interiors, oharainteriors.com
  • Scott Busyn, contractor extraordinaire and co-founder of Great Neighborhood Homes, greatneighborhoodhomes.com
  • Scott Sanders, guest designer and founder of Scott Sanders LLC, gives his take on Hamptons style, scottsandersllc.com


This galley-style pantry, reminiscent of the old sculleries, allows for a hardworking space that hides the chaos,” notes contractor Scott Busyn. As a bonus: “It can double as a bar,” adds Sanders. No study? No problem! Tuck a chair and desk beneath sunny windows, like this bite-sized workspace snuck into a hall between the pantry and kitchen.

A coastal inspired butler pantry with light blue cabinets and white quartz countertops.

Cambria Design Shown: Brittanicca.


Take a simple tile, like this denim-blue floor tile “but run it in a fun directional, like this herringbone pattern,” Irving suggests.

A coastal inspired mudroom with white cubbies, gray tiled flooring, and plenty of storage space.
The look is organic and relaxed but is still sophisticated. Nothing too staged or precious. 
Darsi Floersch


Shiplap siding nods to the aesthetic of East Coast beach houses,” explains designer Darsi Floersch. “Plus, with the right paint, it’s a durable option for high-traffic spaces,” Busyn adds.

A coastal bathroom with a white vanity topped with white quartz, shiplap walls, a black mirror and lights, and a gorgeous walk-in shower.

Cambria Design Shown: Whitehall.

Dining Room

The exterior of the lampshades in this dining room were custom-painted white to match the dining room walls. The lesson? “Don’t be afraid to make bought pieces your own!” says Floersch.

A coastal inspired dining room with blue chairs, white hutch topped with white quartz, a sea-inspired painting, and wooden flooring.

Cambria design shown: Whitehall.

Choose durable materials for high-usage spaces. I like using Cambria on countertops for its beauty and strength, and on cabinetry, I use water-based lacquer—which has an intrinsic hardener—so paint won’t yellow over time.
Scott Busy


Jazzy wallpaper can add a welcome flash of intrigue to any entry. “It keeps an ordinary pass-through space from being boring,” Irving explains. “The pale blue feels like the beach—like the sea and sky,” says Sanders. “Hamptons style is light, airy, and quintessentially laidback.”

A coastal entryway with blue wallpaper and white painted walls.

Master Bathroom

To make the master bath a zone of retreat, “include under-floor heating for an inviting feel when you step out of the shower or tub,” says Busyn. “The white molding is a theme throughout and ties the whole house together—it’s something I like to do as well,” says Sanders.

Weybourne Bathroom Countertops in an elegant, blue bathroom with white cabinetry

Cambria Design Shown: Weybourne™

It’s okay to have all-white walls. It provides continuity. Then you can start layering in the details: fun patterned wallpaper, an usual tile.
Tracie West Irving


This room should be built around not only its purpose, but its user,” says Busyn. “Accessibility and natural light are all-important.” To inject some fun, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, like florals and gingham, even in the same room. “And don’t forget the floor!” adds Floersch. “It’s an overlooked place to add interest.”


Cambria Designs Shown: Weybourne and Carrick™.

For many, the kitchen is the heart of the modern day home and this was no exception. The island serves as the nucleus, where food prep, clean up, and morning breakfast are to be enjoyed.
Andrea Swan

Paint Picks


Gray Timber Wolf


Palladian Blue



Super White

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