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25+ Hamptons style kitchen ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 30th, 2022

Blend old with new for a sophisticated, coastal space.

When you think Hamptons style, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the light, fresh, airy vibe that comes with living near the beach. Hamptons style has grown in popularity over the last decade, and it’s no wonder why. The relaxed, fresh feel effortlessly caters to our summery lifestyle. If you’re looking to add a bit of a coastal vibe to your home, why not start by taking some inspiration from these Hamptons style kitchen ideas.

And if there’s one part of the house you’re going to want to make Hamptons from top to toe, it’s your kitchen. Hamptons kitchens are breathtakingly beautiful. They blend a touch of old with new for a sophisticated finish. They feel classic yet contemporary, all at once.

Hallmarks of a Hamptons style kitchen include generous use of whites, neutrals, yellow and green, paired with coastal blues from navy all the way through to baby blue. Hamptons kitchens favour the use of natural materials and make the most of textures like stone and timber. And lighting is a huge part of making a Hamptons kitchen truly come to life – think pendant lights in traditional shapes. And ensure your kitchen has plenty of light sources, with a mix of floor, table, and wall lamps.

With all of these different elements to consider, it can seem a little bit overwhelming to know where to start. How do you strike the right balance of old with new? What textures work best together? Can you make it colourful? And how much blue is too much blue? Let’s dive in!

1. Blue Hamptons style kitchen

A Hamptons kitchen is no stranger to blue – and lots of it. Create the perfect balance of white and blue with a slick white benchtop with dark-blue cabinets. Complement the dark blue with a blue-and-white tiled splashback behind the white rangehood to tie the design together.

2. Make it grand

If you’ve got a large kitchen area, then make the most of it with a huge island like this one. This works well because the space is in an open plan kitchen layout. And you can be sure that you’ll never complain of running out of bench space ever again!

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Source: Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

3. Luxe furniture

When it comes to choosing furniture for your kitchen, soft luxe seating is a key feature of Hamptons style. While it generally features in the living room, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate it in the kitchen too! Opt for upholstered velvet stools in the kitchen to add a touch of old refined craftsmanship to the newness of the rest of your kitchen.

4. Glass cabinets

Adding glass to your kitchen creates instant elegance. And it also allows you to show off all of your beautiful kitchenware inside! You can include glass cabinets in any size kitchen – in fact, the glass may even make your kitchen appear larger than it really is!

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Source: Photo by Ranurte on Unsplash

5. Smart cabinets

If you’re wanting to create a modern Hamptons style kitchen, then you need to get creative with your storage solutions. Consider concealing the microwave and your other appliancesbehind a sliding door. This is one simple way to reduce the feeling of clutter that so often comes with a kitchen, and to create a streamlined, clean space that feels relaxing to step into.

6. Green cabinets

Make a statement with a decent splash of green paint. I love this colour combination – it instantly transports me to the seaside!  Dress it up with a marble countertop and glossy white splashback tiles.

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Source: Photo by Decima Athens on Unsplash

7. Herringbone tiles

Similar to chevron, herringbone tiles are a timeless classic but with a little more softness, as they don’t have the same sharp angles. And they’re the perfect choice for an elegant splashback in your Hamptons kitchen, especially when teamed with a glossy marble bench.

If you’re thinking herringbone tiles are the way to go, look at getting a tiler in to help make sure splashback tiling is all installed to a high quality.

8. Timber-topped small island

If you find you have plenty of space in the middle of your kitchen, don’t leave it bare! Maximise your storage and bench space with a small island. Top it with light timber, which adds warmth to a white kitchen. Even better if the timber top can be extended to create more bench space – how’s that for smart?

9. Timber touches

A simple way to add warmth to an all-white space is to include timber touches. This Hamptons style kitchen does this so well. First, gorgeous timber flooring sets the foundation for the room. Second, timber shelving and timber around the rangehood add detail to the cabinet area. And to finish it off, timber stools add warmth around the edges of the kitchen. The finished look is a coastal-inspired Hamptons style kitchen.

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Source: Photo by Terry Magallanes from Pexels

10. Gold handles

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference to your kitchen design. For example, adding gold handles to white cabinets completely transforms a space, bringing a whole lot of ‘new’ to the traditional style commonly found in Hamptons kitchens.

11. Beautiful and bright

Natural light is one of the hallmarks of a great Hamptons style kitchen. So keep your kitchen light and bright with white walls and plenty of windows. The simple colour scheme of this kitchen keeps this space fresh and airy.

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Source: Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

12. Small but smart

If you live in a townhouse or apartment, then you’ll need to get creative with your kitchen. Hamptons kitchens are generally large and spacious, so you’ll want to recreate this look in a smaller space. Use clever design elements, like an island that doubles up as storage and a place to eat. You might also add sheer draping white curtains from floor to ceiling to make your space appear larger than it is.

13. Frame it up

One key to making your kitchen look extra finished is to create symmetry. You can do this perfectly by adding four glass shelves in between two beautiful white cabinets and lining up pendant lights right in the middle. It’s these little touches that can make all the difference!

14. Coastal blue Hamptons style kitchen

If you want to create a breathtaking kitchen that instantly transports you to the beach, then you can’t go past a gorgeous shade of coastal blue. Especially if you pair it with a kitchen with a white foundation of this kitchen as this will make the blue pop all the more.

15. Maximise kitchen storage

If you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed, then you’re going to need a lot of storage space! A huge kitchen island can allow for ingenious hidden storage such as an integrated fridge, pantry pull-outs and internal accessories for ultimate organisation.

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Source: Photo by Rene Asmussen from Pexels

16. White and grey Hamptons style kitchen

Want a whole lot of colour and even more sophistication? Then this is the option for you. White and grey are a match made in Hamptons heaven. Take a leaf out of this kitchen’s book and use glossy dark grey kitchen cabinets and shelving in front of a wall of white subway tiles with white grout. The touches of a white bench and white decor help balance this space perfectly.

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Source: Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

17. Open shelving

Detailed open shelving and quality accessories create a luxe, sophisticated and inviting coastal feel in a kitchen. The only key to pulling this off is to keep your shelves very clean, and ensure every item goes back in its place!

18. Black hardware

If you’re going with a mostly-white kitchen then it’s important to create some contrast with your hardware. It will also bring a modern touch to your Hamptons kitchen.

19. Simple sophistication

If you aren’t sure what colours to use to style your Hamptons space, then you should know that you simply cannot go wrong with all white. This design pulls it off perfectly – there’s the white counters, white cabinets, and white subway tiles with white grout. If you’re going for a one-colour kitchen like this, incorporate texture in your cabinets or tiling, to create detail.

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Source: Photo by Jon’Nathon Stebbe on Unsplash

Want some more white kitchen inspo? Check out these wonderful white kitchen ideas.

20. White lines

Create detail in your Hamptons style kitchen by using timber panelling. This is a look that never goes out of fashion, and it’s one way to incorporate a lot of white in your space without it looking boring! Add brass touches for a beautiful finish.

21. Dark timber flooring

When it comes to flooring, timber is a must in a Hamptons kitchen. And dark timber can help ground your space, especially if it’s large and open-plan. If you’re going with dark timber on the floor, make sure you use lighter colours for your walls and cabinets. In this case, the rest of the kitchen is in shades of white and black for a simple, classic style.

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Source: Photo by Naomi Hébert on Unsplash

22. Dark stone

While light bench finishes might be more typical of Hamptons style kitchens, there’s no reason why you can’t go dark. I think this works especially well with white-painted cabinets. #. Adding texture

Add a touch of texture either in your walls or your bench. For example, beautiful hand-cut subway tiles can be used to create a feature wall that reflects light around the kitchen. A white under-mount sink and brushed nickel mixer tap can then complement the contemporary feel.

23. High glamour

If a modern kitchen is more your style, then take inspiration from this one. The white on white look is very sophisticated and always timeless. It’s the perfect blank canvas that you can easily dress up with a fresh bunch of flowers in a glass vase.

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Source: Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

If you’re after more modern ideas to add to your cooking zone. Take a look at these modern kitchen designs which cover country and mid-century looks too.

24. Dark brick splashback

Make a statement with a brick feature splashback! This design element adds an industrial modern edge to an otherwise very traditional, refined space. If you’re going to create an eye-catching focal point like this, just be sure to tie it in with the rest of the room. For example by using dark handles on the cabinets, a dark window frame, or industrial-style hanging lights over the island.

25. Bistro stools

Counter stools and plenty of timber add the perfect amount of warmth to this Hamptons style kitchen. They completely finish the space and add a coastal vibe that’s typical of this design. Add a luxe effect with a trio of pendant lights.

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26. Strong, solid lines

Create a more defined look in your Hamptons style kitchen by using cabinets that have strong, solid lines and frames around their edges. Add a feature piece with a bold marble bench in the middle of your kitchen. The marble top will blend perfectly with a white-and-rustic-themed design for a gorgeous feature in any Hamptons kitchen.

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Source: Photo by Courtney Smith on Unsplash

27. Black on white

Who says Hamptons has to be all white? Why not add some serious contrast with all-black feature cabinets. Black cabinets along a wall integrate nicely with dark timber stools at the front and a black sink with matching tapware.

28. Kitchen lighting

Hamptons kitchens should make the most of lighting to create a bright, warm space that’s perfect for entertaining. For example, beautiful hanging glass lights over the bench.

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Source: Photo by Christian Mackie on Unsplash

I hope this has had your creative kitchen ideas flowing. And I hope you’ve realised that there’s so much more to a Hamptons kitchen than simply white and blue. There are an array of options, and you can combine colours, shapes and textures in so many ways to create a space that’s both traditional and modern.

Before you go, I’d love to hear from you! Which Hamptons style is your favourite? Comment and tell me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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