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Creating a Modern Hamptons Style Living Room

There’s no better way to do classy coastal than with Hamptons style. Named after one of America’s premier holiday destinations for the rich and famous, this style blends beachy influences with traditional touches and elevates it to luxe level.

Laid-back brown tones, gorgeous deep sea blue, pops of greenery and clean, bright white work to complement each other in a Hamptons palette, with linen, wood and whitewashing completing the look texturally. It’s relaxed yet ultimately, pulled-together and chic, making it the perfect decorating choice for those of us who want a modern and stylish home that draws inspiration from nature.

Bring the beach home with you (minus the sand, of course) by incorporating Hamptons decor into your living room styling. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few tips that’ll have you decorating like a Hamptons pro who’s summered on Montauk for decades…

Channel Hamptons in your Living Room with the Palermo Sofa.
Channel Hamptons in your Living Room with the Palermo Sofa.

The Hamptons style sofa

Channel Hamptons in your Living Room with the Palermo Sofa.
Channel Hamptons in your Living Room with the Palermo Sofa.

Every living room is defined by its sofa – no matter how neutral you try to play it, it’s undeniable that the couch is the focal point of the room, and easily draws a lot of attention. This is no exception in a Hamptons style home, where you’ll often see a large, sprawling and super-comfy sectional sofa taking up major real estate. But, that doesn’t mean this style isn’t a go for smaller homes, too – as long as you’ve got ample space to sit, and are really emphasising that clean, beachy vibe, your mastery of Hamptons living room style will be evident.

The most common colour choice for a modern Hamptons style lounge is white. Light, bright and luxurious, white – if kept in mint condition – will stand out and really do its job as the centrepiece of your living room. Style is a little more subjective, but often you’ll see structured yet squishy pieces such as the Palermo 3 Seater Modular Sofa with Chaise holding court in a Hamptons style living room. These give off a relaxed feel but still add a touch of elegance. Add a couple of throw cushions in a variety of blue tones – an absolute must – and you’ll be ready to host a bevy of guests in comfort and style.

An unfinished wood piece (like our Shamal Rectangular Coffee Table) is perfect for your Hamptons home
An unfinished wood piece (like our Shamal Rectangular Coffee Table) is perfect for your Hamptons home

The Hamptons style coffee table

An unfinished wood piece (like our Shamal Rectangular Coffee Table) is perfect for your Hamptons home
An unfinished wood piece (like our Shamal Rectangular Coffee Table) is perfect for your Hamptons home

One stalwart of Hamptons style furniture is light, unfinished wood. Although your living room will ultimately look polished and timeless, there’s an element of boho rusticity to Hamptons, too, and weaving it throughout the room will help to balance everything out. One way to play with the tenets of this unique style is through your choice of coffee table. A must-have in any living room, the humble coffee table does so much, from housing our drinks and snacks (necessary) to creating a home for both essential items – think remotes, coasters and tech bits – to our fave decor pieces.

There are a few elements that just scream Hamptons and can be easily reflected in your choice of coffee table. A light or mid-toned unfinished wood will pair well with a rectangular style that’s fuss-free, with minimal accents or embellishments. Our pick is the Shamal Rectangular Coffee Table, which adds some visual interest in a way that’s true to Hamptons interior style with a reinforced, crossed base. Constructed in mango wood, this coffee table is perfectly imperfect, with interesting variations to the grain and wood tones that make it like no other piece.

Whitewashed perfection with our Monterey Entertainment Unit.
Whitewashed perfection with our Monterey Entertainment Unit.

The Hamptons style TV unit

Whitewashed perfection with our Monterey Entertainment Unit.
Whitewashed perfection with our Monterey Entertainment Unit.

Although we may not care to admit it, an entertainment unit is crucial in a living room – and a modern Hamptons style living room is no exception! The TV unit not only provides a space for all of your favourite tech items to live, but it also adds height and depth to the space, and creates another fantastic opportunity to play with your interior style. To establish a Hamptons vibe, you’ve got two options – you’ll either want to stick with tried-and-true wood in a similar finish to your coffee table, or you can mix things up a bit with a whitewashed look. The latter is very central to a Hamptons home and gives that gorgeous coastal feel in a way that effortlessly blends boho and modern luxury.

If you’re planning on going down the whitewashed path, a piece like the classic, sleek Monterey Hamptons Style Large Entertainment Unit will do the trick. Neutral and laid-back, it’s the perfect accent piece in a room that’s otherwise using wood surfaces, while still providing a blank canvas for styling. If you’d prefer something that makes more of a statement, though, perhaps a textured wooden material like rattan is more your style. The Caledonia Rattan Entertainment Unit cuts a striking figure, and is an on-trend fave – opt for the neutral light wood tone to tie in the rest of your pieces, or if you’re really bold, go for the contrasting black and wood version.

The finishing touches will make your Hamptons style unique to you.
The finishing touches will make your Hamptons style unique to you.

Hamptons style decor

The finishing touches will make your Hamptons style unique to you.
The finishing touches will make your Hamptons style unique to you.

Finally, with your key furniture pieces locked and loaded, the last thing to do to kick things up a notch is style, style, style. Hamptons living room style – and home style, at that – is all about the finishing touches, so be sure to spend a little time focusing on decor and homewares before revealing your newly-designed space. Keeping in mind the traditional Hamptons colour palette, add value with soft, plush rugs in neutral shades, blue and white vases, trinkets and frames, textured lamps (rattan shades are super in right now!) and lots of greenery, courtesy of your favourite plants.

Another must to give the place a final pop is adding some Hamptons style wall art. Because this interior style is ultimately all about laid-back, seaside living, you might like to select coastal-themed art that evokes that sandy feet, salty-haired feeling. Photography in neutral tones will make just enough of a statement without throwing off the style you’ve so carefully established. If prints are more your thing, stick to neutral tones and royal, sea blues with that same nautical touch.

The feeling of being seaside, soaking up the sun and hurling yourself into the surf, is unbeatable – and there’s nothing more relaxing than establishing that feeling in the comfort of your own living room. Discover our full range of Hamptons style furniture for the living room and beyond today, and shop with 21-day returns for total peace of mind.