Whether it’s Emily Thorne’s beach house in the hit TV series Revenge, or a holiday getaway to picturesque Sag Harbour, the Hamptons continue to inspire home designs here in Perth. We’ve listed the 5 must-have Hamptons design features we think best capture the character and charm of the luxury weekenders, holiday homes and beachside estates in New York’s famed summer playground.
1. Weatherboards: Quintessentially ‘Hamptons’, weatherboards were traditionally long planks of wood used to clad the exterior of Long Island homes, protecting them from the salty sea air and harsh winds that whipped along the coastline. Thankfully, today’s weatherboards offer lower maintenance than their predecessors. Typically made of fibre cement instead of high-maintenance timber, modern weatherboards look stunning painted in the soft blues, dove greys and silky creams associated with the Hamptons style. Used horizontally, they create a classic Hamptons design feature. Different profiles are available depending on whether you’re after casual beachside style, or a more detailed, formal look.
2. Shingle-style roof tiles: Often used in conjunction with high roof pitches, traditional roof shingles help give classic Hamptons homes their distinctive aesthetic. Traditional rustic roof shingles were often made of timber or slate. Flat and rectangular, the overlapping shingles created long sweeping rooflines. Today’s choice of roof tiles means you can easily mimic the traditional look while sticking to a modern, readily available product. Choose grey or dark grey to set off soft-hued exterior walls and the crisp white of joinery and mouldings.
3. Arbor: Add a touch of romance and nostalgia to your Hamptons-style home with a pretty white-painted timber arbor, complete with a delicate climber such as a wisteria. White-painted timber is a popular choice for many Hamptons design features inside and out, from balustrading, and window and doorframes, to skirting boards, wall panelling and architraves.
4. Mouldings: Usually painted a crisp white, mouldings highlight features such as window shapes, pillars and layered elements in a Hamptons style home. They add both character and definition, and include capping, frieze panels and banding.
5. Stone: With its beautiful texture and natural colour variations, stone is one of our favourite Hamptons design features. There’s a vast array of natural and engineered stone cladding to choose from, with both light-coloured and dark-hued stones working well for this look. It’s all about highlighting the stone with crisp white.
More Hamptons design features
Checklists are all very well, but we know designing a beautiful Hamptons-inspired home is about much more than a few essential features. Timeless homes such as those inspired by the Hamptons style demand the meticulous attention to detail – and innate sense of balance and proportion – that Oswald brings to each and every luxury home it builds.