12th March 2022

Finding your Hamptons colour palette with Dulux

So much of Hamptons interior design style is focused on the colour palettes used. A beautiful wall colour or accent colour can completely shift the feel of the space. There are some colours that are just quintessentially Hamptons as well.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Dulux Colour & Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr and learn more about what the experts think about paint colours and what embodies Hamptons design style.

 Key points from the interview include the fact that essential Hamptons colours are often soft shades of blues and greens, neutral grays and warm whites. Also part of Hamptons colour palettes are naturally-inspired shades of stone and sand. Read on to learn more about how to achieve the ideal Hamptons colour scheme and some of the specific Dulux colours that work well.

1. Do you think paint colours have an important role to play in creating a Hamptons inspired home?

The colours are very important when styling your Hamptons-inspired home. Choosing the correct colour palette for this style can be critical in getting the desired outcome. If the colours are not chosen correctly, you will miss the elegant, however relaxed coastal atmosphere and essence this style emphasises so well.

Dulux whites - Dulux Whisper White Exterior 

2. Can you tell us about some of the newest/most popular Dulux colours which can convey a relaxed Hamptons feel – both indoor and outdoor?

Hamptons style interiors are usually light, bright, and whitewashed with an effortless, calming, and sophisticated coastal vibe.

To recreate this Hamptons-inspired vibe inside your home, I would opt for a combination of Dulux White on Whiteä, Dulux Natural Whiteä, Dulux Casper White Quarter, Dulux Vanilla Ice Half, Dulux Angora Blue, and Dulux Terrace White.

Dulux Whites - Natural White

Dulux Whites - White on White

Dulux Casper White (Three Birds Renovations)

To give your home’s façade a Hamptons feel, start by selecting soft coastal paint colours.

Think mid-tone grey, beige, greige, soft blue-grey or green-grey, paired with crisp whites on the fascia, windows, doors, fretwork and any other smaller features.

Something like Dulux Terrace White on your weatherboards and Dulux Lexicon® Half for your trims, would work beautifully here. For a soft blue try Dulux Pre-School or for a soft green try Dulux Eaves.

Dulux Pre-School

3. Should you tie back the wall colour with the colours of your furniture, décor, or artwork?

As we know, the Hamptons trend veers towards white and neutrals, which makes for a perfect easy-to-pair base as it’s so flexible.

Therefore, to make styling your home easier, paint your walls a light shade, unless you have whitewashed flooring; in which case, opt for a light blue paint or cool grey on your walls.

Dulux has endless shades of whites and neutrals, so choose one that best complements your furnishings and the lighting in your home and that really reflects the classic Hamptons style.

Dulux White Box Half

Dulux Pre School

While whites and neutrals will be the dominant base in your home, you can complement this easily using accent colours to brighten up and highlight your décor.

This is ultimately where the classic Hamptons decorating style shines through. The key to achieving this when using a light main wall colour, is to layer accessories with lot of texture and incorporate complimentary subtle colours through your decorating elements.

Dulux Vivid White

The Hamptons style colour palette for decor and soft furnishings are traditionally a play of neutrals, blues, and greens with fabric choices of washed cotton, natural linens and calico, in combinations of plains, stripes and floral hand-blocked prints.

When it comes to choosing your decorations and furnishings, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple and effective, however not too minimalist – it’s all about balance.

4. What do you suggest when painting the interior of a new Hamptons build in terms of colour schemes? Should every room be the same colour? Can you vary the colouring from room to room?

The Hamptons style home is all about creating spaces that are liveable, relaxing, simple and effective, so to achieve this, make sure your colour palette flows from inside to out.

This doesn’t mean every room has to be the same colour, they just need to sit comfortably together and create a flow through effect. Think soft neutrals, creamy tones, sea greens and blues, and apply them throughout.

When it comes to choosing your decorations and furnishings, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple and effective, however not too minimalist – it’s all about balance.

Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May
Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May

Oak Bedside Table - 2 Drawers - 1 left in container due late May

$430.00

Dulux Silver Tea Cup - image via Melissa Penfold

White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm
White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm

White Bedside Table - 1 Drawer - 2 left of the 50cm

$425.00

Dulux Snow Season

Once you achieve the perfect colour palette, it becomes easier to build the rest of your décor around that foundation.
  
Hamptons colours should create a sense of serenity and at the same time warmth. They should lend to a feeling of lived-in elegance, with natural inspiration.

If you would like to connect to our website to get some free furniture linen swatches for colour matching - click here for a free linen swatch.

If you would like to consult a Dulux colour consultant for paint colours and selections and advise please click here - DULUX. Paint colours are such a personal choice, but often some clear advice from a professional is required.

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