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.
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. Cambria Design Shown: BRITTANICCA™
"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."
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.
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"The look is organic and relaxed but still sophisticated. Nothing too staged or precious."
Take a simple tile, like this denim-blue floor tile “but run it in a fun directional, like this herringbone pattern,” Irving suggests.
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.
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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.
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"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."
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.”
"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
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.
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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.”
"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."