There is often confusion between the two popular interior styles: French Provincial and Hamptons. Both styles are elegant and refined with their soft, neutral colour palette and timber floors, which is why they often work well together.
Coastal and casual, the Hamptons interior design style - originally inspired by a group of villages called The Hamptons on Long Island, New York - has come to represent elegant and relaxed coastal living. Classic architectural Hamptons design features include the use of timber panelling, high coffered or pitched ceilings with exposed beams, timber floors, neutral and ocean inspired colours, natural materials and lots of natural light.
Here are some typical characteristics of the popular Hamptons style, which can be seen on our screens with the TV series Revenge and the movie Something's Gotta Give.
Large picture windows with ocean views
Sheer fabrics in sandy taupe, soft grey or white for relaxed draped curtains
Cane or wicker furniture and accessories for indoors or outside
Distressed timber furniture in limed oak, washed grey and milk paint or dark timber as a contrast
Blue and white striped rugs or soft neutral sisal or carpet
Big comfy sofas in relaxed linen fabrics with plenty of throw pillows
Large glass pendant lights with brass touches
Blue and white china and accessories scattered throughout.