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Hamptons Craze vs Coastal Feels – Which Trend Works For You?

There are two major trends competing for the limelight in Perth home building, the charm of the Hamptons, and the allure of Coastal. Both styles of which are consistent with the Perth climate and way of life. So, what are the differences, and which one works best for your family’s lifestyle?

While both trends are a nod to seaside living there are a few distinct elements that set them apart.


Both trends are best represented with double storey home designs. The Hamptons style originated from fabulous New Yorkers making a seaside holiday escape for the summer. Design features are unmistakably more traditional with crisp clean white lines with traditional colours used as accents and charming finishes. Think indulgence in an elegant way, such as marble benchtops and gorgeous lighting, there is a certain luxury in this traditional simplicity.

Overall, the Coastal feel gives off a more relaxed boho, colourful, and a lived-in vibe. Contrasting, complimentary colours are not out of place and layered textures help to form a natural, effortless look. Its more about creating the chill feeling of those fun summer beach days.

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Colour Palette

Neutral colour palettes are the starting point for both trends, with the highlight colours being the major difference. In a Hamptons style home, you would traditionally find accents colours in greys or blues which are paired with crisp white trim for a perfectly polished look. To achieve a Coastal feel, there are many options with different shades of blues, greens to mimic the colour of the ocean as well as pops of colour with oranges and yellows representing the sun and the sand.

Adding Texture

While the Hamptons look can be quite versatile, to stick to a more traditional recreation then hints of timber, with natural fibre rugs and linen-upholstered sofas striped in white and navy blue or a soft warm grey, add in a couple of occasional chairs plus some nautical accents on display and plantation shutters is the way to go.

Coastal is a laid-back lifestyle so to achieve this think about sheer curtains that will flow in the breeze, fun patterned cushions and thick knitted throw blankets to dress your comfy overstuffed sofa, add an organic jute rug and some coastal-inspired artwork. Remember, everything does not need to be ‘matchy-matchy’, the warmth of Coastal styling is relaxed fun, simple and beautiful.

Both styles can benefit from an extra layer of texture via a feature wall. White wood panel or subtly detailed wallpaper would add an element of sophistication and personality to your Hamptons home, and there are many options open to a Coastal theme – it really depends on how bold you wish to go.


Lighting plays a huge part in setting the mood in any style of home. And allows for a bit of your personality to shine through. Table lamps in a Hamptons style home are perfect to add a subtle touch of glam, a simple light shade with a pretty crystal base is nice choice. For a Coastal home, think wooden or rattan for a clean look or if you want something a bit more funky, a palm tree lampshade should do the trick.

Pendant lights are also a great feature to illustrate your style and there are lots of options for both styles, for your Hamptons home, choose refined lantern style pieces of glass paired with chrome, brass or black. And again, for Coastal, rattan or natural wood is the top choice for pendants, choose a shape that you love and best reflects your personal tastes.  

The Beach House
The Beach House

Indoor / Outdoor

And finally, the reason that both styles are extraordinarily popular for two storey home builders in Perth is that they are perfectly suited to our lifestyle. Cosy living spaces with seamless indoor/outdoor living is an ingrained part of effortless family living.

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If the Hamptons is your top choice, Residential Building WA can help you get your 2 storey dream home. Check out The Bellport, The Southaven, The Calverton and The Northaven from our Hamptons inspired homes plus we even offer a stunning rear strata option The Harrington now!

And if Coastal is more your vibe we’ve got you sorted with The Prada, The Entertainer and we invite you to come and visit us at The Beach House, 23 Bellefontaine Grove, Mindarie every Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm or Monday & Wednesday 2-5pm.

Speak to one of our friendly team members about our wide range of homes now at (08) 9202 9202 or contact us.

08 Sep 2020