Located in New York, the Hamptons in Long Island has long been characterised by a sophisticated yet laid-back beach feel. Hamptons-style kitchens are a fresh take on French Provincial and coastal styles and are ideally suited to the Australian way of life. They encompass simplicity yet elegance, exude a sense of comfort, function and liveability, and are a great design choice for modern or traditional homes.
These types of kitchens typically feature lots of natural light, materials like marble countertops and timber floors, and a subtle colour palette featuring white, ivory and accent colours ranging from grey to greens and blues.
Hampton style cupboards are often called “Shaker” cabinetry, and feature recessed panels — a framed profile that is sometimes referred to as “rail and stile”. Here are some examples that will add a distinct yet not overdone air of grandeur to your next kitchen renovation.
Hampton-style kitchens are traditionally white, as seen in this stunning example. However, this space has been given a visual boost with pops of vibrancy from show-off cookware and cookbooks stored on open shelving, which is a signature Hamptons kitchen feature. The tiny mosaic tiles on the walls also add a sophisticated edge and enhance the colour palette. Cabinetry is sleek and minimalist, and the marble-look island bench offers plenty of prep room, particularly with its handy sink. The room is bathed in natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling window, and appliances are minimalist in design to give the room a clean, modern feel.
You can also opt for soft green cabinetry and quirky wall art, combined with dark timber floor to offer a beautiful contrast. Marble-look benchtops and white Hampton style cupboard handles will soften the look. Oversized pendant lights are another feature of the Hampton’s style, and these are a great combination of aesthetics and practicality.
If you love minimalist interior design, the Hampton’s style can offer loads of inspiration. You can install cabinetry with a patchwork of different-sized cupboards, drawers and open shelving, which provides ample storage. Primarily white palettes highlight soaring ceilings and add to the contemporary design, as will your choice of cabinet handles. Colour can be added with potted greenery and display pieces, and rich, dark flooring can help to lessen the starkness of the room and add an inviting warmth.
Image from Advanced Cabinetry
Every inch of this Hamptons-style kitchen has been used efficiently with floor-to-ceiling storage that is both practical and stylish. Simple, clean lines and the predominantly white palette add to its spaciousness, with the metallic handles, appliances and pendant lighting enhancing its modernity. There is no clutter here, everything has its place, and most of it is unseeable! The island bench is a typical Hamptons kitchen feature, and its luxurious marbled effect ups the aesthetic ante. And we love the glass cabinet, which is internally lit to showcase design pieces and create a focal point for the entire room.
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There is so much to love about this Hamptons-style kitchen. Firstly, the colour. Deep green-blue cabinetry and shelving evoke feelings of luxury and tranquillity, as do the grey-green subway tiles. Open shelving allows for the display of cookware favourites, as does the inset window, which offers the perfect platform for pops of floral beauty. This design has a country-farm-house edge, beautifully encapsulated with retro pendant lighting, old fashioned tapware, and a deep inset butler’s sink, which is the perfect combination of functionality and old-world charm. A divine marble-look benchtop completes the look.
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This light-filled kitchen is a wonderful example of Hamptons styling with its all-white cabinetry, minimalist appliances, metallic tapware and marble-look benchtop. Striking subway tiles that fill the entire wall add a modern edge, as do the warming tones of the timber flooring. But the most dominant feature of this kitchen is the panelled windows that span the length of the bench and make the most of the garden views. Airy and welcoming, the quaint veggie-filled basket and herb garden add a homely feel and helps soften the mostly neutral palette.
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With its potted and hanging greenery, this plant lover’s oasis is vibrant, light-filled and inspiring. The marble benchtops and light-coloured flooring create a soothing vibe, and the hints of grey — particularly in the wall tiling — adds texture and visual interest, as does the copper-look tapware. We love the neutral, handle-less cabinetry with its horizontal lines that draws the eye upwards and creates the illusion of spaciousness. And the windows! Big, bold and fuss-free, they bathe this kitchen with sunshine and bring the beauty of the outdoors in.
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In the interior design world, the colour grey is often used in industrial settings, and here conveys a feeling of functionality and aesthetic order. The sleek, vertical lines of the cabinetry lengthen the room, and the beautiful timber flooring creates a stark yet luxurious contrast. White walls and benchtops create a “clean” look, as does the beautifully textured splashback tiling. Pops of modern metallics featured in the cabinetry handles and impressive exhaust fan ensures this kitchen maintains its modern edge.
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This open-plan kitchen is the epitome of Hamptons style, particularly with its massive central island bench providing ample prep room and storage options. It’s also the perfect way to integrate colour contrast and create a focal point for what is no doubt this home’s hub! Marble benchtops add a touch of luxury, as does the modern tapware and appliances. A combination of vertical and horizontal cabinetry add visual interest, as does the variegated colour palette of the divine wooden flooring.
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This kitchen is a lovely combination of modern and traditional with its muted colour palette, subway tiling and black matte appliances. And the grey walls and blonde-hued timber-look flooring allows the visually enticing cupboards in this kitchen to create a distinctly Hamptons statement. Featuring horizontal and vertical cabinetry in a variety of shapes, open shelving, quirky basket filled spaces, and a handy head-height wine rack, this is a visual smorgasbord of style!
Image from Zesta Kitchens
This kitchen features a modern colour palette with a twist. Its all-white Shaker cabinetry, metallic touches and the clean lines of the neutral subway tiles enhance its contemporary feel, along with the speckled, dark grey flooring. However, it’s the timber accents that really give this space its personality. From the open shelving to the blonde-hued benchtops, it exudes an organic yet elegant feel, and potted greenery completes this Hamptons/Scandi-inspired look.
- Kate Unsworth, 2014, 12 essential ingredients for a classic Hamptons-style kitchen, Houzz
- 2018, 22 Stunning Hamptons kitchens you will love, Lavender Hill Interiors
- 2021, 7 steps to Hamptons style kitchen heaven, Smith & Smith Kitchens
- 2021, Hampton style kitchens, Advanced Cabinetry