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 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, with an easy, liveable working and socialising feel. 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 cabinetry. 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.
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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.
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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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Finishing touches for your authentic Hamptons-style kitchen includes oversized or statement pendant lighting, open shelves displaying beautiful porcelain platters, a large farmhouse sink, subway-tiled splashbacks, and bar stools in natural oaky tones.