Ever since something’s gotta give, I have fallen in love with the Hampton style of decorating. It is a timeless, casual, elegance that is light and airy with an updated look.
From the set of Something’s Gotta Give
I have been slowly renovating and transforming my house to reflect the style of the Hamptons. Why not get that look here in hot and dry Texas? At least, I can imagine that I am near the ocean.
Here are a few key elements of Hampton Style:
1) Natural Light
This is one of the key features of this style. So, open those blinds and replace those dark curtains with light flowing drapes.
Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware sell beautiful white and cream linen and cotton drapes.
2) Keep Things Light
Along the lines of natural light, make sure the room is light and airy by having light upholstered items and some light wood pieces of furniture mixed in. Darks and lights are often mixed together in this style, but the emphasis is towards light. Slipcovered couches are beautiful. Some wicker pieces or natural tables can also be perfect for creating this look.
3) Mix New and Old
Casual elegance usually incorporates some antique pieces inot the design. Having a contemporary table with old farm chairs is a great demonstration of mixing the old with the new. In my living room, I have an antique table with a marble top that was purchased from a French Ambassador. It fits right in with my traditional and updated couch and chairs.
4) Wood Floors and Paneling
Dark Floors with white paneling is your classic hampton house. It’s so easy update an old home with dark wood paneling into the look of a one that belongs on the beach by just simply painting the paneling white. But, there is something beautiful and timeless by having a dark wood floor meet with white wood paneling.
5) Bring Nature In
Plants, corals, dried Hydrangeas, shells, and stones are all beautiful accessories and fit this style. It brings life and memories of long walks along the beach. Even pillows and drapes with patterns or pictures of shells and corals would work. I love the look of natural woven rugs in a room too. Pottery Barn has a nice selection of natural rugs at a great price point.
6) Marble/ Soapstone and Nickel accents
Ah, what is a kitchen without a marble or soapstone counter? Add Nickel accents to cabinets and light fixtures and you are bound to achieve this look.