In Australia, we have our own unique beach chic interior style that has evolved, going from quaint beach cottage style through to more modern contemporary sprawling coastal inspired interiors. While a beautiful Hamptons styled home will fill interior magazines in a classic way, their style just isn’t quite like that of an interior designer in Sydney. Australians also enjoy the Hamptons style, except with a uniquely beautiful Australian touch to it – with its down to earth calming appeal, comforting tones and tribute to all things sea, sun and sand, this beach style is prototypically Australian. Want to know more? We have put together all you need to know about Australian coastal interior design and how to get your home looking beach appropriate.
Dashes of wood and environmental surfaces are central to the Hamptons style look and for creating those amazing beachy ambiences, which should feel comfortable and relaxed, combining the rustic comfort and practicality of a seaside shack with the relaxed glamour of a high-end retreat. Here in Australia, we have an abundance of incredible rustic hardwoods, from untreated or recycled floorboards, native tree trunk stools to the softest of merino fibers. In Australia designers love to bring the outdoor indoor, so perhaps look at driftwood feature pieces, collected beach treasures, plenty of greenery, cane and eco outdoor furniture.
Consider timber dining tables and chairs, coffee tables, bookshelves, stools, side tables and bed heads – any room will benefit from some beautiful timber furniture in an array of different finishes. Lounges should be oversized and invitingly comfortable. Upholster lounges in calico or linen fabrics for added texture or use removable neutral tone slipcovers that make living with a light colour scheme a lot easier and more enjoyable! Larger pieces such as sideboards, bed heads and tv cabinets work well in washed grey timber tones, providing that aged effect and subtle hints towards that well lived in, easy breezy beach aesthetic. Leather ottomans and butterfly chairs, knotted single hammocks and cane chairs are a fabulous way to add character and some relaxed vibes to your beach interior look.
Accessories are used by Hamptons interior styling to add personality, colour and to evoke that coastal feel. In saying this, conventional Hampton’s style interiors are quite simple, uncluttered and designed with cautiously considered sophistication – in comparison, interior styling in Sydney takes this classic style and makes it slightly more relaxed but equally as stylish. Create that relaxed coastal vibe with small, subtle nods that will have more impact and are instantly chicer than an abundance of shells or driftwood. Think washed back picture frames, coastal-inspired artworks or photographs, ceramics in ocean-inspired hues and tactile woven wall hangings. To achieve an authentic Australian beach style, remember to add in some storage in the form of woven wicker baskets as well as large indoor plants that work really well within the contemporary Australian Hamptons style, allowing you to blur the distinction between inside and outside. Adding in a deep green foliage adds as a beautiful contrast to the colour scheme of white, blues and greys consistent with this styles aesthetic, so when it comes to adding in plants be generous.
Due to the terrific range of weather in Australia, we are big fans of layering textiles and this offers a fabulous way to introduce colour and texture into a predominately neutral colour scheme. From luxurious armadillo rugs decorated over arm chairs to lavishly linen clad beds, the Australians enjoy getting the mix of natural furnishings, raw material, soft wool and beach-combed treasures to combine perfectly. Soft furnishings are a fantastic way to add in pockets of colour and warmth, from throws to curtains and cushions, ensure they are both considered and plentiful! Rugs convey a deep natural touch that discerns the Australian beach style from its more formal American equivalent and they are just the perfect addition to incorporate in the beach styled interior as they offer a way to introduce colour and texture into an otherwise neutral colour scheme. Open weave rugs in natural fibers work well in every room and can look particularly fabulous when layered up. However, if you are inspired to add in a more eclectic look, try using a kilim rug for an injection of colour and instant style cred.
Whilst the conventional American style Hamptons beach home is aesthetically pleasing, it isn’t as homely as the unique Australian version filled with its raw beachy vibes, inspired tones, natural materials and an abundance relaxed Australian attitude! So, it is always best to opt for natural materials and textures such as merino wools, wicker, rattan, bamboo, textured linens and tactile cotton.
Think breathtakingly beautiful but not too precious to live with! As long as you stay true to the quintessential Australian connection with the ocean and its landscape your home will sing happily with chic beachy style.