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Hamptons wallpaper- Bedroom

A room, and indeed a whole house, can be transformed through the use of Hamptons wallpaper. It’s one of the most effective ways of personalising a room and making it so much more interesting. Wallpaper adds a whole heap of character to your home and can be installed fairly quickly.

Hamptons Wallpaper

What is Hamptons Style Wallpaper? 

Hamptons inspired wallpaper usually features stripes, geometric patterns or more traditional styles like the photo above. The right wallpaper in a Hamptons designed home will strike a balance between style and sophistication on one hand, and relaxed elegance on the other.

The wallpaper can be any colour but soft, neutral colours like beige and grey allow the wallpaper to set a base for the room. You can then add accent colours with accessories that are easily changed. The patterns are also usually timeless, so you won’t need to worry about updating the wallpaper and you can just change other aspects of the room when you feel like a refresh.

Different Ways to Use Wallpaper 

I like to wallpaper an entire room because it seems to add so much more impact than just painted walls. However, if a client’s budget doesn’t allow for it, then wallpapering the top half of a wall and adding wainscoting is a great option. Another idea is to wallpaper a feature wall, for example, behind a bed. This can also be very effective.

Hamptons wallpaper- Bedroom

Hamptons Wallpaper

Adding Height and Length to a Room

In the example below, a striped wallpaper was used. Stripes can make a room look wider or give it the illusion of added height, depending on the direction it is installed. I love using a horizontal stripe for a modern Hamptons look. The neutral colours of the white and beige metallic stripes provide a great canvas for the picture gallery wall in this project.

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Adding Interest to a Powder Room

Powder rooms are great for wallpapering because they are small. This means most people can fit it into their budget and it packs quite a punch, so you get great value for your money. Being a room made for guests, it’s also a great way to create a showstopper in your home.

This powder room was transformed into something very special by the use of a wallpaper with a metallic pattern that gives the sense of luxury. We were then able to bring the same patterned wallpaper through to the entrance to create a nice flow in the clients home.

Powder room wallpaper

Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a term used to describe decorative panelling on a wall. It was originally used as insulation, to prevent damage to walls from rising damp. Nowadays, it is very much a decorative feature especially in Hamptons inspired homes. I helped renovate this powder room about four years ago. We added wainscoting and a beautiful wallpaper above it to personalise the room.

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Grasscloth 

Grasscloth is a term used to describe wallpaper made from hand-woven strands of natural fibres. The fibres include hemp, jute, seagrass, arrowroot grass, bamboo and raffia. Grasscloth and wainscoting is a classic Hamptons combination.

It’s a great way to add texture to a room. In this example, I chose a a light neutral colour grasscloth and paired it with blue wainscoting for this children’s bedroom.

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It is important to note that seams are more visible with grasscloth, so if you are after a more seamless application, you may want to choose a different wallpaper. It is also harder to install than other wallpaper, so I always recommend application by a professional.

In this other bedroom project, we decided on a beautifully textured wallpaper above the wainscoting that looks very similar to grasscloth but the seems are not as visible. It’s actually a vinyl wallpaper so if it needs wiping down, it can be. I absolutely love this wallpaper and I think it is so elegant and timeless.

Hamptons wallpaper

Hamptons wallpaper is a simple and effective way to elevate your home and make it stand out. If you need help choosing wallpaper, please get in touch with me.

I hope you are inspired to decorate your home with some Hamptons style wallpaper

Andrea xx

Modern Hamptons Home

I love the modern Hamptons style that has emerged from the traditional Hamptons look. The name “Hamptons” comes from the towns and villages on the eastern end of Long Island, Manhattan. Often the playground of the rich and famous, the area is known for its luxurious homes, many on the beach. Hamptons homes are noted for their white décor and relaxed but sophisticated beach style.

Modern Hamptons Home

What is the modern Hamptons style?

The modern Hamptons style puts a personal twist on the traditional, often through the addition of colour and more contemporary or casual pieces of decor. It suits our modern lifestyles, particularly here in Australia. We love the elegance of the traditional Hamptons look, but also recognise that our homes need to be lived in. Our homes are an extension of who we are and the modern Hamptons style allows us to achieve that individuality.

 

Real life examples of the modern Hamptons style

The following are projects I’ve completed for clients, where I’ve given the traditional Hamptons look a fresh look. The homes look elegant but not old fashioned. You’ll notice there’s a lot more colour too.

 

Essendon Family Home

Family/Kitchen

This was a family/kitchen area in an Essendon project I worked on. As you can see, modern Hamptons is still timeless and classic but those traditional features are interwoven with more modern elements. For instance, the armchairs are quite traditional in shape, but they are paired with a more casual, modern sofa. The cushions on the armchairs also add a modern twist to the room, as does the abstract art on the wall.

The coffee table is another example of how traditional and contemporary are blended together to create a modern Hamptons style. It has a black, steel frame and is quite simple in shape and style, but the top is in traditional parquetry.

Lighting is another avenue for introducing personal style and a more relaxed feel. The timber beaded chandeliers over the island bench give it a more modern look. They also create a cosier ambience for the space.

Essendon Entrance

Entrance

For the Essendon project entrance I used texture, as well as a mix of modern and traditional decor to give the space character.

The lamp shades have traditional linen tops, but the bottom of the lamps, while traditional in shape, have modern, reflective bases. The pendants I chose are also modern, but work well with the decorative lace cornice. They help elevate the space and give it personality.

The console is made from rustic or recycled timber. I added more texture to that part of the entrance with the introduction of a patterned rug and a wicker basket, which the clients can also use for storage. 

Essendon guest bedroom

Guest Bedroom

I loved putting this guest bedroom together in a modern Hamptons style as well. While this space would have been practically all white in a traditional Hamptons home, the injection of colour adds vibrancy. Blue, white and beige work perfectly together – they are soft, complimentary colours and add interest without competing against each other. 

I also paired traditional design rugs with modern bedside tables. The diamond shapes on the throw cushions and lamp base also pick up the diamonds in the rug, ensuring everything blends well together.

I further mixed traditional and modern elements by including a natural linen bedhead, coral prints with bamboo style frames and white plantation shutters. The addition of shutters in place of drapes or other window coverings can help move a room from a traditional Hamptons to a modern Hamptons style.

Modern Hamptons Style
Why black works in a modern Hamptons style

Considering that white is the overwhelming colour used in traditional Hamptons styling, some might think black is too far removed, even for a modern Hamptons look. But I think it absolutely works. By providing a strong contrast to white, using the opposite in black creates a stunning effect. It’s one that is elegant but also timeless.

Need help with your modern Hamptons look?

If you’re thinking of decorating or redesigning your home in a Hamptons style, I’d love to help you out. Learn more about the services I offer by visiting my Services page.

What do you love about the modern Hamptons style?

I hope you are inspired.

Andrea xx

elegant bedroom

I love designing bedrooms that are elegant and timeless. This one has everything to make that happen- A grey tufted bedhead that you will still love in 5, even 10 years time. Now, let me talk about bed linen because for me it’s all about crisp white sheets and donna covers that always look fresh and yes timeless. Think about when you stay at a nice hotel and there is nothing better than getting into the nice white sheets. I love it! The other thing I like for my bedding is two feature cushions (yes thats right – only two). I don’t have time to fluff endless cushions for my bed each day so for me its all about having two cushions that you really love so a lot of times when I am working with clients these will be custom made so we can get that perfect fabric. If you know me then you know I love ottomans at the end of a bed but for this bedroom there wasn’t a lot of space at the end of the bed so I chose this beautiful love seat to go under the window to the side. This provides a seat to put on your shoes or let’s get real- it will probably be where your clothes get thrown at the end of the day. I chose these beautiful mirrors for above the bedside tables to add height because the ceilings were really high.

essendon main bedroom Hope you are inspired to create a bedroom you love, Andrea xx

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I love designing bathrooms and I have 5 must haves to make a bathroom beautiful and timeless.  This bathroom is part of our   Heidelberg full renovation project and the client was very happy with the end result.

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Must Have 1. Use timeless materials: Here we have chosen a porcelain tile but it has the look of natural marble which has a timeless quality so that it stands the test of time. I like to use the same tile on the floor and walls and I stay away from trends like feature tiles.

Must Have 2. Add Wall Lights on either side of the vanity mirror: Here we chose these gorgeous wall lights that have crystal droplets so they are very luxurious. Having wall lights look great but they are also a good source of lighting around the mirror which is perfect for getting ready.

Must Have 3. Choose a bevelled mirror: This mirror is stuck directly onto the tiles but to add a bit of luxury we made sure the mirror was bevelled.

Must Have 4. Choose Shutters: I always use shutters for window coverings in bathrooms because they look beautiful but they are also practical as they can be wiped clean and opened slightly for ventilation if required.

Must Have 5. Finishing Touches: I love to add flowers in bathrooms and a beautiful tray to display items like perfumes.

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I hope you are inspired to create a beautiful bathroom that you can enjoy for many years to come.  Andrea xx

 

 

 

lounge room

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It was an absolute pleasure designing this renovation and the lounge room is one of my favourite rooms. This home was transformed completely and it’s such a great feeling when my clients love their homes when they are complete. I hope you are inspired to make your home beautiful too. Andrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before – This Powder room was in need of a make over – See for yourself below:powder room before

I will share with you 5 ways I made this powder room elegant

5 ways to make a powder room elegant

  1. Add Wallpaper – There are so many different styles and patterns of wallpaper so this is a sure way to personalise a space just for you. I love this one because it has the metallic leaves which give it an elegant look and the colours are very neutral so its also timeless.
  2. Add Wainscotting – I am a HUGE fan of wainscotting because it is so cost effective and it’s so easy to install. I have installed it myself at home so I am talking from experience. The top rail is skirting board and then trim is used to create the squares. Painted in white I think you will agree that it has given this powder room a fresh and elegant look.
  3. Choose knobs or handles that are special – These knobs are glass cut and quite a bit bigger than a standard knob. Its the small details like knobs that make all the difference to your room so put some thought into choosing something special.
  4. Add a wall light – Just about every bathroom, ensuite or powder room that I design has a wall light. I do this because they not only look great but they are a great light source in these rooms.
  5. Choose a beautiful mirror – The client already had this mirror and because it suited the style and was beautiful we re used it. I like to use mirrors that are bevelled or have something special about them.

I hope you are inspired to create a beautiful powder room, Andrea xx