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Dark and Drab to Relaxed Coastal

This week I'm showing you the transformation of my front living room from dark and dingy to pure coastal bliss...

What Makes A Hampton's Home?

The Hampton's interior design style is about refined elegance paired with a sense of laid back functionality. Hampton Style Homes will typically feature white and light tones with ample natural light and a flowing, open layout. 

Did you miss last week's blog? My Hamptons Style Renovation

How we chose our Hamptons flooring?

This was a hard decision because we weren't living in the house at the time and I wanted the floors laid almost immediately and before we moved in. We had to choose the flooring colour based on a moodboard I created with the paint colours, proposed splash-back tiles and proposed future kitchen cabinet colour! I think Robert was a little nervous but luckily he trusts me and didn't want a say in the flooring or paint colour. 

The ideal flooring choice for the Hamptons look inside your home is to go for timber floorboards. This can range from pale timbers with grey undertones, a distressed look or if your home has warmer colour palette then american oak with honey undertones will give an effortless coastal style and work with my chosen wall colour.

In the end we chose a a range called Hamptons, colour 'Marina' from Woodpecker Flooring from WA Carpet Supermarket and we are over the moon with the final look.

Turning the Modern into Traditional

A few weeks ago we had Rob from Perth Bespoke Carpentry (PBC) installed our wainscoting on the main wall of the front lounge as I knew being 3 meters high and over 5 meters long this would have the most amount of impact. It's also the first wall you see as you enter the house as the hallway is part of the sunken lounge room.

There are so many types of wainscoting to choose from but in the end I had to be sympathetic to the 1980's era of the house and my new contemporary front door that was also opening into this lounge. With Rob's help from PBC we chose a to do one feature wall in a box format with clean straight lines. Using the existing wall that had already been painted the carpenter installed pre-primed panels in a square pattern over the wall.

The wainscoting was painted in the same colour as the walls (Dulux natural white) that we new worked well with our new oak floors. 

The Finishing Touches

Although the dream when you move to any new home is to start fresh and throw away all your old furniture. The reality however is most cases is we've got to work with what you've got and just add some key pieces to pull a whole look together. 

So I had our existing blue lounges and feather wool rug and montauk coffee table. I needed a 'wow' piece to frame the room. This furniture item would be the first thing you see when you enter the house. The wall was enormous and so I needed a large buffet or console table that wouldn't be too overpowering and would set the tone for the rest of the house. 

In the end I chose from our new resort collections the Island 9 Drawer Console Table. This gave me the instant coastal feel, a little rustic but just the right colour to tie my flooring and coffee table together. I dressed the console with some of my existing decorator items such as the artisan vase, palm leaf lamp, faux coral and vanilla ginger jars

I'm so happy with how this space has come together!

Watch this space as we transform our 1980's house into our Dream Hampton's Style Home. To follow our journey sign up to our mailing list on the homepage here: SIGN-UP