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So what exactly is Hamptons style and why is it so popular?


This style takes inspiration from the beautiful houses typical of the Hamptons, a group of beachside towns north of New York. Known for being the weekend seaside escape for affluent New Yorkers, the area became known as ‘New York’s playground of the rich and famous’, where only the very wealthy can afford to actually own a holiday home there.

The architecture of the Hamptons has inspired designers for decades. The popularity of the Hamptons style is due to classic architectural features, neutral colour palette, expansive spaces designed for easy-living and outdoor entertaining. You can see two very different Hamptons houses below, however both have trademark architectural features, one using weatherboard and the other traditional shingles.

Typical features of a Hamptons style house


  • Steep triangular gable roofs
  • Classic horizontal weatherboard cladding
  • Verandas and porches with white timber balustrades
  • Muted exterior colours like soft whites, greys or soft blues
  • Sash windows
  • Shingle roofing
  • Stone, brick or shingle features
  • Classical architectural elements such as columns, pediments and ox-eye windows

Houzz Hamptons homes
Image credit: Houzz – Left: Photo by Orbit Homes – Right: Photo by Halper Architects LLC

The look is coastal but perfectly suited to urban living, which is why Australians have fallen in love with the style, especially along our coastal cities. Rather than exactly replicating the style, Australian architects are creating ‘Hamptonesque’ designs for their clients, adapting certain features to suit our climate and lifestyle.


Houzz – Photo by Orbit Homes – Hamptons inspired home, Melbourne


  • Wide oak floorboards in either an American mocha shade or stained dark oak
  • Distressed timber furniture in limed oak, washed grey and milk paint or dark timber
  • Steep pitched ceilings with exposed beams
  • Shaker style cabinetry in the kitchen
  • Light and spacious living areas
  • Soft neutral colour palette eg crisp white, off whites and soft blues
  • Sheer fabrics in sandy taupe, soft grey or white for relaxed draped curtains
  • Large glass pendant lights with brass touches

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Feature image credit: HouzzPhoto by Hamptons Habitat Enterprises Corp.


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