The classic Hamptons kitchen might be inspired by upstate New York villages, but its relaxed, breezy, coastal style is perfect for Perth. We love to gather, entertain, and get creative in our kitchens. So it’s no surprise that the laid-back charm of this contemporary yet timeless style is so popular. Creating this look is about blending key ingredients in a beautiful Hamptons-inspired kitchen ‘recipe’. Here’s how to do it.
Open plan layout
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Your kitchen layout needs a sense of casual freedom that blends traditional architectural design with a coastal style, with an easy, liveable working and socialising feel to your room. This creates space and helps open up your home for seamless entertaining, and is part of the friendly, welcoming aspect this style embodies. Our Kitchen Craftsmen designers are well versed in getting your layout working, so chat to them for inspiration and expertise.
Generous island bench
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A large island bench is the focal point of a Hamptons kitchen. It creates a ‘centre’ that’s versatile enough to be functional as well as inviting. There’s space for casual and intimate dining, festive and celebratory gatherings, and it provides surfaces for culinary preparation. A large bench not only offers the option for a great bar area (classic Hamptons) but also extra storage to keep your kitchen clear.
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If there’s one element that says Hamptons beach house, it’s the unmistakable ‘Shaker’ style cabinets. This strong, solid shape gives a framed and defined look, and your choice of handles opens up scope to customise things. You can easily incorporate this hallmark of Hamptons styling into your kitchen with custom-made designs by our partners at the Cabinet Makers Association of WA. Or opt for Laminex cabinetry from their White Series with a natural finish, low sheen, and wonderful colour choices.
Whiter shades of white
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The Hamptons kitchen styling method brings your ingredients together in the signature white colour palette. It’s elegant and reflective and creates a spacious feeling. With so many tones of white, you’re never restricted. All whites work to enhance natural light that is reminiscent of beachside living. But which white is right? Look at the base tones. A grey or blue base will create a cool white character, while a yellow undertone will create a warm white. For your cabinetry, Laminex White Linen is a warm white with a creamy tone, making it a great match for classic colour schemes. Their Polar White has a small amount of blue for optical brightness that works with solid colours and timbers.
To keep the Hamptons look authentic, use a shade of white paint for your walls that compliments the tone you’ve used in your cabinetry and benchtops.
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If all white is not for you, add accents that reflect the coastal and ocean feel, like blues, greens and greys. Integrate contrast with perimeter cabinetry in white and your island bench cabinetry in blue. If your splashback tiles are white, go for pale grey grouting. Wooden floors are a must, but the style of the rest of your home will help to determine whether you should go dark or light, either will work in a Hamptons style kitchen.
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Your choice of benchtop material and colour is a key step in your Hamptons creation. While timber is part of this look, marble or stone benchtops are ideal for a beautifully natural and timeless look. Caesarstone’s marble-inspired quartz benchtops in their Calacatta Nuvo™ range have, elegant, cascading, grey veins on a white base. Or look for Essastone’s Marmo Bianco with refined ivory base and subtle subtle veining.
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Classic Hamptons architecture includes details such as pitched ceilings, exposed beams, timber sarking on walls and ceilings, wood floors, pale colours and lots of light. When planning a Hamptons kitchen, it will work best in a house that already has some of these features. Or, talk to our designers about how you could include some of these architectural details to your home to carry the Hamptons style throughout.
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Finishing touches for your authentic Hamptons-style kitchen includes oversized or statement pendant lighting, open shelves displaying beautiful porcelain platters and glass bottles, a large farmhouse sink, subway-tiled splashbacks, and bar stools in natural oaky tones.