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9 Ways to Design A Home With A Coastal- Hampton Vibe


I Am Obsessed With The Timeless Elegant Hampton Design

For whatever reason, I have always been drawn to the Hampton Style design. What’s not to love about the timeless classic design that makes you feel at home with over-sized living spaces, soft muted beach color palette with white wainscoting, and natural textures? There are nine different ways to decorate a home with an elegant coastal Hampton vibe.

Envision Diane Keaton’s classic beach house in the Hamptons, in Something Got To Give.  That’s the type of Hampton home I’m talking about friends.

If you like coastal homes and the unique, inviting feel, then the Hamptons-style  takes the cake! Since the Hampton style is the ultimate coastal design (in my opinion).

I have rounded up nine (9) ways to decorate a home with an elegant coastal Hampton vibe.

Our Hampton Inspired Home

When we renovated our home, I had a romantic Hampton style in mind with timeless design elements. The relaxed yet luxurious coastal living was our ultimate goal.  Living with all boys, I wanted to add lots of classic curved lines. 

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The view from our front door

For example, dark timber floors, chandeliers, grand staircase, bay windows, sconces and heavily paneled walls.

An elegant yet simple home with chic blues, off-whites, paneled walls, and large windows that flood living spaces with natural light create an aura of calm, just like being on vacation.

What Is The Difference Between Coastal and Hampton Style?

The Hampton Style

Hamptons style is described as a timeless, cool, classic, and sophisticated design with a casual beach vibe.

The Hamptons, on eastern Long Island’s South Fork, is a string of seaside communities known as a summer destination for affluent New York City residents.

It’s marked by long stretches of beach and an interior of farmland, towns and villages with 18th-century shingle buildings and estates hidden behind tall boxwood hedges.

East Hampton- Shopping

East Hampton is the backyard to high-end restaurants, bars and designer boutiques. My friend snapped this picture above on a recent trip.

American Coastal Style

Coastal is more of a feeling than just a style. American coastal design, as opposed to tropical or Mediterranean, is one of the most popular design  morphing into subcategories such as Cape Cod, Hampton, farmhouse, cottage, and modern coastal.

9 Ways To Decorate Any Home With A Hampton Vibe

You don’t need to live in a beach town or one of the most charming beach towns in the U.S.;  to create that dreamy beach house vibe. You can decorate and design your home in the following ways.

1.  Let It Shine- Natural Light

You can’t think of a beach without envisioning the sun and light. To bring light into a room, replace any heavy or dark window treatments with light and airy ones.  Let the light shine through.

Do what you can to flood the living spaces with natural light to  create an aura of calm, just like being on a vacation.

If you need privacy, consider white lined linen drapes or inside shutters. If you don’t have many windows, you can use large mirrors to invite the light to bounce around the room.  For instance, decorating your entryway with an inviting  table and mirror does the trick.

Decorate with orchids and other live plants that require indirect sunlight.

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 2.  White and Blue Decor

Combining blue and white adds a timeless element to any room. Consider soft blues like a french blue or go for a navy or gray-blue color. Teal and tiffany is fun too!

I have always been drawn to blue and white. I used these coastal colors when I designed our home.  You know, that clean and simple look like wearing white jeans with a navy cashmere sweater or chambray linen shirt. I dressed my house with that vision in mind.

In a home, blue and white offers comfortable elegance and enduring appeal. I can’t get enough of it. The beautiful thing about blue and white is that the colors provide a backdrop for beautifully natural and neutral colors, it’s like the sea and sand combination.

Color can also mingle well in a room of blue and white. For instance, when you add a pop of bright colors like pink or lime green from flowers or lush plants, it adds a brilliant focal point of interest.


Chinoiserie Decor Elements

Blue and white porcelain is a favorite with many decorators.  The Chinese porcelain dates back to 14th century China. The look was so universally popular, Europeans imported it by the shiploads, finally learning how to produce porcelain on their own in the 18th century. Chinoiserie ginger jars are my favorite.

These timeless classic decorative pieces and can be incorporated into many different decor styles. Plus, the blue and white hues plays nicely with other color schemes.

3.  Add Natural Materials For Texture

Consider adding wood furniture and natural materials – such as rattan, jute, and sisal.  Sisal and jute rugs add a nice touch. Look for natural fiber textiles like cotton, linen, and grasscloth when choosing fabrics for your coastal decor.

Grasscloth wallpaper adds a lovely timeless decorating element that makes a room more inviting. Grasscloth comes in many varieties and colors, and it’s understated enough to allow the fun textiles to take center stage but assertive enough to make a difference.

4.  The  Hampton Living Room

The living room in a Hamptons style beach house is characterized by its relaxed, inviting look. The interior decorating style offers a relaxed coastal atmosphere with large scale sofas for reclining, substantial island benches for gathering and entertaining, and doors that open to a large patio or pool deck.

From the set of something’s gotta give

Consider cushion covers with light, neutral-colored  cotton or linen fabric.  Classic patterns like stripes  and colors such as navy will give your home the refined, summer estate feel. Chandeliers, table lamps and sconce lighting are wonderful statement pieces.

When seeking new furniture with a coastal flair, look elegant lines, tradition pieces and seating with comfy cushions. Think about adding rattan side chairs with linen cushions and classy throw pillows.

Overall, the Hampton style is comfortable and cozy, and since you spend most of the time in the bedroom, it’s an ideal place to create a heavenly retreat. Ratan is also very popular.  Check out some ideas below.

5.  The Coastal Hampton Bedroom Decor

Nothing is better than crisp white sheets, comforter, and lots of fluffy linen pillows. My bed is draped with luxury linens from Crown Linens on top of a white cotton duvet cover. The diverse texture is yummy. We sleep in white bamboo sheets by Bed Voyage that we are obsessed with.

Hampton Styled Bedroom
Crown Linen Designs

Consider using white linen drapes in your master suite for that airy, clean look and add an interesting chandeliers for that elegant touch.

Hampton Bedroom Style
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For kid’s bedrooms and guest rooms, it’s fun to add coastal colors and beach accessories that add to your theme.

6.  The Coastal- Hampton Bathroom

The coastal bathroom design should resemble a beach house feel with light marble countertops and floors. I would avoid granite or dark tile. Subway tile is always a safe bet (especially in white) a nice touch for  bathroom walls and showers. The blue-gray subway tile in the bathroom shower below is gorgeous.

Traditional mosaic tile is a classic choice for the floor, it’s what I used on three of our bathrooms, I adore it.

I would explore using white, gray, or an interesting blue- gray cabinetry. I absolutely love the color of the cabinets in the picture above (our boys bathroom). We used the same color in the laundry room and bar.

Cool wall colors make for a great paint choice. When you add white towels, it will add an element of merely keeping the room looking clean and straightforward.

 7.  Hamptons Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the center of and heart of every home. White kitchen cabinets are the standard in most Hampton homes.

Hampton Kitchen Decor

Classic shapes and natural materials capture the ambiance of a Hampton home. Painted  cabinetry and dark or neutral wooden flooring are typical Hampton kitchen materials. Natural and timeless materials such as stylish marble or timber are ideal options, bringing a coastal feel to your kitchen. Ceramic tiled  in neutral or blue tones and classic shapes will add a contemporary touch to the traditional kitchen design. Think timeless …so light marble, or stone countertops are never a bad idea.

8.  Wall Paneling To Add Coastal Charm

Consider adding wainscoting, bead-board or even coastal wood panels to bathrooms, hallways, kitchens and entryways.  There is so many paneling products these days that make this process easy.   By adding  interesting wall detail it can transform any room with architectural character and charm.

Panelling Wall Coastal

It’s been proven that investing in upgrading the architectural elements in your home is a good place to put your money. You may want to look into adding boxed moulding on your walls.

This is one of the most simple and easiest option  that includes adding strips of wood to your already existing walls (either with glue or nails) and then painting the entire wall to match. You can customize not only the size of the boxes, to be squares rectangles or a combo of each, but also the thickness of the boards that you add to the wall to achieve just about any look.

Wall Panel Ideas-Wainscotting

9.  Hampton Coastal Paint Colors

Coastal color palettes create a sense of calm  A coastal  wall color  can completely transform the feel of the space. There are some colors that are quintessentially Hamptons.

The essential Hamptons color palette for interiors includes soft blues and greens, neutral gray, stone, ocean blues, sand and whites, slightly on the warmer side.

Some Hamptons palettes includes a soft gray, blue or green as the main color and use a bright white such as  Benjamin Moore White Dove  for all woodwork including windows, doors, ceiling, skirtings and architraves. We used this color throughout our house for all trim, woodwork including kitchen, office and bathroom cabinets.

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  1. Nice Post, Indeed you showed some great color of rooms, We at James Hardie provides great beach hamptons style design and weatherboard for houses.

  2. Chris Bear says:

    I loved this-gave me some great ideas-thank you !!!

  3. Susan Peterson says:

    Beautiful post, Lisa! Thank you for inspiring me to wainscot and wallpaper my powder room! Your staircase is beautiful btw… love that picture of you descending like Scarlett O’Hara in pj’s!

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