If you love the Hamptons look but you’re after a more relaxed twist on the traditional, then Catherine Heraghty’s Aussie Hamptons style might be the perfect fit for your home.
In her latest project, the interior stylist and founder of The Stables has embraced Hamptons style but given it a modern Australian spin using stylish, high-quality materials, perfect for the coastal lifestyle.
If you missed our first episode, click here to read more about creating the perfect Hamptons-theme for the outside of your home.
From the carpets to the cabinets, artwork to lighting, Catherine and her team have given the Byron Bay home a complete Aussie Hamptons makeover both inside and out.
This week we’re focussing on the inside areas of the stunning Cape Beach pad. We spoke to Catherine to get the lowdown on creating this look in any home.
Hamptons interiors are light and bright with that coastal vibe that makes you feel relaxed from the moment you walk in, says Catherine, but they can appear formal with their use of dark timber and highly contrasting tones.
“I thought a more relaxed version of that style was more appropriate considering we’re in Byron Bay – the ultimate laidback beach town,” she explains.
Creating what we’re calling an Aussie Hamptons look, Catherine has merged the beloved Hamptons style with a lighter, softer aesthetic, perfect for the Aussie climate.
“Aussie Hamptons style is just that little bit more relaxed than the traditional Hamptons style, it’s not as structured and feels more imperfect, which reflects the Australian way of life. We are a little more casual in Australia and this style feels comfortable and easy,” says Catherine.
By using lots of natural textures, relaxed linen, other design elements like vertical-groove panelling, natural materials, in the way of timber bedside tables, she was able to create the Hamptons look with a bit of an update, she explains.
“Whilst it’s really relaxed and coastal it is also anchored in the US Hamptons style, so we struck a balance between a relaxed coastal vibe and the more formal Hamptons theme.”
To allow the home to have a more relaxed feeling Catherine took the classic Hamptons theme and adapted it to a light, modern, airy and relaxed vibe, perfect for the Byron Bay home.
Natural textures like linens, rattan, timber as well as high-quality carpeting will help the space feel more relaxed and homely, while also giving a nod to the coastal aesthetic.
Catherine used a beautiful chunky loop pile 100% wool carpet from Carpet Court called Defined Charm for the master bedroom in the Cape Beach property, a choice that was grounded by the fact that this would be a low-traffic room, where the primary concern was comfort and aesthetics.
As well as looking great and feeling cosy underfoot, opting for 100% wool carpet was also about creating a feeling of natural luxury bound up in the Aussie Hamptons style school.
Hamptons is all about timber tones and textures so embrace shaker-style cabinetry in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Opt for muted greys, charcoal, olive greens and white for your colour palette in all your soft furnishings as well as carpet. By keeping the palette limited the home will feel like a more cohesive space and flow better from room to room.
The soft and muted colour palette of the Hamptons should be complemented by soft furnishings or wall hangings, which could be cushions or artwork.
Timber, rattan and cane are your best friends when selecting furniture and statement furnishings like pendant lights and bar stools.
If you’re to create generously-proportioned areas for people to gather around then oversized furniture can help.
A large, comfy couch will invite people to sit, a statement dining table will do the same thing in the dining space. However, you will need to remember to keep it within proportion – having a table that’s too big for the room will make the space feel smaller.
This article was sourced from realestate.com.au
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