Interior Decorating in the Hamptons Style

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Interior Decorating in the Hamptons Style
Wicker furniture is fitting for a Hamptons patio. (furniture image by Galyna Andrushko from Fotolia.com)

You don't need to live in the Hamptons to get the community's fashionable look for your home. Known as a preferred vacationing spot for New York's urban elite, the Hamptons is home to picturesque country houses infused with classic elegance. Many homes in the Hamptons are inspired by New England-style architecture and decor. You can give your home the look of a cottage in the Hamptons without breaking the bank.

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    Freshen up. Paint walls white or another light neutral colour. The idea is to keep things light and breezy, with a sophisticated feel. Replace patterned accent pillows with light-coloured cotton or linen pillows. If you have decorative artwork in darker colours, add white frames or replace the art with something fresh and neutral. If you have dark window treatments, replace them with lighter colours such as ivory, white or khaki.

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    Bring the outside indoors. Incorporate beach and nautical themes with woven baskets and rustic accent pieces. Items such as driftwood and seashells make fitting accessories. Display the accessories in clear glass jars or as table centrepieces. To expand the look, add wood flooring; a staple in Hamptons homes. Wood flooring anchors a home by adding warmth and natural beauty. Add flowers and greenery native to the Hamptons.

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    Bathe your home in sunlight. Open curtains and let light pour into rooms. For more light exposure, consider installing a skylight.

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    Neutralise your furniture. Invest in slipcovers to brighten dark furniture. A white or beige linen slipcover will instantly freshen up your living room. Wicker is also a popular choice of furnishings in the Hamptons. Blending wicker pieces with crisp, linen upholstery creates a clean look. In your living room, position a white linen couch with a pair of wicker chairs to create a casual beach-like setting.

    Interior Decorating in the Hamptons Style
    Light-coloured slipcovers brighten dark furniture. (ton salon image by corinne matusiak from Fotolia.com)

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