The “Hamptons” style is a common inspiration for clients when designing their kitchen renovation. Born out of the desirable “Hampton’s District” on Long Island, New York, this style is visually appealing with its mix of luxury materials along with relaxed themed decor to invoke the feeling of a coastal holiday home. The Hamptons theme is one you will love to relax in after a long day, or the perfect setting if you love to entertain family and friends. To achieve the ultimate Hamptons kitchen in your home, the following five elements should be included:
The Hamptons kitchen works best in a spacious room where architectural features can be embellished such as cathedral ceilings, exposed timber beams or ornate cornices. To ensure optimum natural light you should consider window size and placement as part of your design. Including an island bench as part of your Hamptons plan allows further scope to display decorative mouldings on the panelled surrounds and skirting.
Traditionally lighter timber floors are evident in this style. Like all good design, the rules evolve, and darker or lighter timber floors can be a personal choice, depending on your individual setting. Hamptons kitchens will typically be bright white and airy. If you wish to bring in accent colours, you could opt for shades of blue or green echoing the beachside theme. Don’t be afraid to be bold and take liberty with this style, you can introduce a run of black cabinetry or opt for black handles and tapware in a more contemporary setting.
Look no further than the shaker profile. This door has a flat centre panel and a raised frame. You can opt for a bevelled edge on the panel which can be more suited to a modern space. It also has the added benefit of omitting dust collection. To add to the light and airy feel of this design style, you can add glass overhead cabinets to display your decor. Cup handles and knobs are signature components to accessorise the Hamptons Kitchen.
4.BENCHTOPS AND SPLASHBACKS
Marble in the Calacatta or Carrara variety is the luxe choice in a Hamptons Kitchen. Natural stone is not suitable to all home environments though due to its porosity. Engineered stone brands such as Caesarstone, Smartstone and Stone Ambassador are extremely popular emulating the veined marbles. Stone can be used on the splashback as well, but it is important your designer considers the placement of your hot plate due to gas regulations. If cost is a factor opt for subway tiles on your splashback. Tiling is an element where you can introduce an accent colour as mentioned earlier.
The finishing details always need to be considered as part of your design ethos. Lighting is one of the most important pieces. Nautical themed pendants are the optimum choice, preferably in an oversized scale. Materials like wrought iron and chain leads create the visual impact required. Avoid material like stainless steel which is too modern or anything too heavy and colonial based which will ruin the style.
Essentially the best way to bring all these elements together is by engaging with a professional designer. With their knowledge and supplier source, you can be assured that the very best selections of stone, tiles and accessories will be made for your Hamptons Kitchen.