Interior design & homely living the Hamptons way in Brisbane

Interior design & homely living the Hamptons way in Brisbane

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Hamptons style interior design with dion seminara architecture

Who would want to live in an empty lifeless box? If you believe the hype of many designers the answer is: Most people! Much of what passes for modern interior design is focused on keeping interior spaces as clinical as possible. You can probably easily conjure up a mental image of the kind of design that I am talking about: empty spaces, straight lines, minimalist furniture and decoration. Such designs do, admittedly, have a certain visual appeal on the covers of magazines but would you want to live in such a space? For many people, the answer to this question is a firm ‘No’. What they look for in a home is a place where they can kick back and relax, where they can entertain, raise children and just be themselves. A ‘homely home’ in other words!  The Hamptons style is just such a ‘homely home’ style.

Thus one of the many ways in which this ideal can be achieved is through the so-called Hamptons style. The Hamptons are a series of small towns on Long Island where New Yorkers go to get away from it all. Because many of the homes in these towns started life as holiday homes the emphasis in interior design was firmly placed on enjoying the space. Over time, however, people began to realise that many of the very same design principles can be applied equally successfully to ‘everyday homes’. This resulted in the current worldwide popularity of this style.

Interior design Hamptons style

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Hampton’s interior styling

It is difficult to point to a single defining feature of Hamptons style; perhaps it is more of a case of ‘You’ll know it when you see it’. However, the common factor that binds all of the elements that make up the Hamptons style together is the emphasis on creating a warm, welcoming and enjoyable space. Some of the ways in which this effect can be achieved are the following:

‘Homely’ features, furniture and accessories:
Bookcases, display niches, timber floors, solid (though not ostentatious) furniture, rugs and throws abound in Hampton style homes. These features, furniture and accessories are often a seamless combination of contemporary and more traditional elements. If expertly combined by a competent designer all of these elements will seem to communicate: This is a space where you are welcome and that you should enjoy!

Use of light:
Homes in the Hamptons style capitalise on the abundance of natural light in the area. In practice, this means ‘yes’ to large windows and ‘no’ to heavy dark curtains. Window coverings (e.g. shutters, semi-transparent Holland blinds or linen drapes) are chosen to maintain privacy without shutting out all outside light.

Simple colours:
The ideal Hamptons style home charts the middle course between ostentatious bold colours and some contemporary designs where you can have any colour you want as long as it is white! Colour schemes are designed to create a welcoming space and to complement natural light. Vaguely nautical colours (pale blue, sage green etc.) predominate in the Hamptons themselves but any colour scheme that contributes to a generally welcoming atmosphere will do.

The job of an architect is to help you turn your dream into reality by working closely with you to design your ideal home. If a ‘homely home’ in the Hamptons style is what you are looking for dion seminara architecture based in Brisbane is ready to supply all the skills, expertise and experience to help you to move from concept to completion.

Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.