Hamptons Collection: Casual Living With Coastal Inspiration

Casual coastal living is something that people spend their whole lives dreaming about. Feeling the warm sun on your skin, smelling the salt in the air, and hearing the soothing waves of the ocean are just a few things to look forward to when living on the coast. Deciding to live on the coast is the easy part -- but actually creating your perfect coastal home is a different story. You’ve probably seen coastal homes that incorporate way too many sailboats, seashells, and seahorses decals to the point that it’s actually tacky. So how are you supposed to achieve a tasteful and inviting space on the sea? Thankfully, we’ve designed the perfect luxury furniture collection to achieve casual living with coastal inspiration.

Choose Your Style

Even if you aren’t spending 100% of your time in your coastal home, you still need to put in 100% of your effort into designing it so that it truly becomes a relaxing oasis. However, this is easier said than done. The good news is that it’s totally possible with the right amount of planning and designing rooms that are light, bright, and calming. But what does the planning process look like? Here are some different questions that you need to ask yourself during this initial phase:

  • What architecture and surroundings does the space have?
    • Most people only think about their indoor surroundings when choosing home decor, but the outdoor surroundings are just as important. Just because you are able to close your front door to the outside doesn’t mean that it can just be ignored. You see it and feel it as you are walking inside. You can look out your window and see the different buildings around.
  • What lifestyle do you want to have in the space?
    • How are you planning to use the space? Is it primarily a space to spend time with your family? Is it a space you want to bring your friends frequently? Is a space you want to have parties in? Is it a space you want to relax in over the weekend?
    • In a casual space, your furniture will feel cozy and natural--the type of furniture that calls you to come kick your feet up and nestle in with a book and a glass of wine on a rainy afternoon. Casual doesn’t have to sacrifice elegance, but it bids a more relaxed overall feel that breathes comfort and class at the same time. This is what the Hamptons Collection aims for: natural materials paired with a lighter color palette help make the room feel relaxed, with luxurious upholstery to add a touch of refinement without suffocating the tranquility that the furniture sets the mood for.
    • In an urban space, furniture is young and vibrant, aimed to make a statement with bold colors and shapes. An urban feel puts your place as the go-to before a night on the town, giving off vibes of being cool but collected.
    • In a formal space, you may like modern streamlined and polished pieces that radiate high quality and craftsmanship, reminiscent of hosting classic dinner parties in an elegant yet contemporary space. Symmetry and refined color themes play a lead role, followed by a sense of comfortable luxury.
    • You may even want to use different lifestyles across different rooms, with a more formal feel in the dining room but a comforting casual feel in the living room. Consider the different purposes of each room and how each lifestyle can accentuate the sophistication of a dinner party while a more casual feel can promote the warmth and ease of a bedroom. If you do choose to change styles throughout your home, just make sure to keep the flow of your home in mind so it feels natural to change styles across different rooms.
  • What architecture and surroundings do you have as context to the space?
    • Perhaps the best part of coastal living is that you don’t really want to separate the outdoors from the indoors! Unlike living in the city, your outdoor environment can provide you with calm and soothing vibes that you should definitely want to continue inside your home. When on the coast, the best way to do this is to use light colors, lightweight natural materials, and accents of muted natural colors so that you will enjoy being inside as much as you enjoy being outside.
    • Also consider if you want to reinforce the architecture of the outdoors within your interior design as well, or if you’d prefer to have your own haven of relaxed muted colors in the middle of a bustling city or a wooded acre. There are plenty of ways to do this, for instance, choosing a casual, light-colored interior in a more industrial, urban architecture building--a softer interior may very well compliment the house’s more industrial architectural components better than you think!
    • That being said, be sure to consider the different traits of how the indoor spaces were built. Consider ceiling height and moldings, and pay attention to whether or not the trim, such as for the window, has a more modern or traditional feel. All of these components can be beautifully accentuated or contrasted against depending on what lifestyle you choose to go with.
  • What’s the functionality of the space?
    • When it comes to the living room furniture, will you need a lot of extra seating for guests or will a small sofa provide enough room? Do you want a nice comfy reading chair? Do you need a coffee table with storage for things like remotes, magazines, and blankets? Do you need a large console table, entertainment center, or armoire for a big-screen television or will a smaller piece suffice? Do you need extra storage pieces like bookcases or sideboards?
    • When it comes to the dining room furniture, do you need a big table with a lot of chairs for hosting dinner parties? Would you like an expandable dining room table that you can customize based on the occasion? Do you need additional storage in the dining room to house chinaware, silverware, and serving pieces?
    • When it comes to the bedroom furniture, what size bed do you want? Do you need nightstands for extra surface area and storage? How many drawers do you need in a dresser? Do you need multiple coordinating dressers to store all your clothes?
    • These are all important lifestyle-related questions that you need to ask yourself before you start the process of designing your home. That way, you can make sure to include all the different pieces you need and none that you don’t.

Casual Natural

The Hamptons is our high-end collection created by interior designers with a light color palette, luxurious upholstery, and an emphasis on natural materials. This collection is influenced by coastal architecture and includes a lot of natural wood and stone along with other textures to help bring the outside in. The Hamptons collection contains most of our made-to-order upholstery as well as one-of-a-kind pieces with natural craftsmanship to create inviting interiors that embrace relaxation and comfort. Combined with the right amount of planning and customization, you can easily create the coastal home of your dreams.

Begin With Layout and Color Schemes

For your home to truly be comfortable and functional, you also need to think about your layout before you start shopping for furniture pieces. You need to do this for every room and it’s always a good idea to take some measurements beforehand so that you know what size pieces to look for. This is especially true if you are looking to maximize the space and function in your coastal home whether it’s to fit more people or just make a smaller space seem bigger! And even though you might think that you already have your color scheme down because you want uniform neutrals, you should really do a bit more research to nail down a specific coastal color scheme -- there are more options out there than you would think! We specifically love whites, creams, and tans with pops of color like navy, seafoam, or light yellow.

The Hampton Collection is full of whites and beiges that really bring that all-natural, casual, relaxed classy look along with it. Natural woods and weathered materials are a particularly alluring complement to this type of light color scheme.

Choose Anchor Products to Build Around

Now it’s time for the fun part -- shopping! It may seem like it’s taken a lot to get to this point but we promise that being methodical in this process is a good thing. However, you shouldn’t just go out and buy a bunch of random pieces of furniture all at once. Instead, focus on the most important pieces for each room and spend time finding things that you love and that inspire you.

  • Sofa: Look for comfortable pieces that are meant to be lived on like a linen slipcover sofa with a matching loveseat.
  • Bed: A bed made of natural wood with upholstered features is a great way to have a statement piece made out of natural materials.
  • Dining table: Natural materials and weathered woods play a star role in the dining room, with unique bases bound to be a conversation starter.

Select Supporting Pieces

Now that you have the perfect big pieces, you have everything you need to move on to supporting pieces. Make sure that these items compliment the anchor pieces that you purchase without being too matchy-matchy.

  • Side chairs: You can choose accent chairs that perfectly match the natural, light feel of the sofa, or you can incorporate natural wood grain accents and a slightly different shade of upholstery for a solid look.
  • Nightstands: Choose light-colored wood or go for a weathered look for solid and functional storage pieces.
  • Dining chairs: Go with upholstered dining chairs that go well with the upholstery in the living room--light wood accents play a supporting role here as well.

Prioritize Your Lighting

Even though the natural light in your coastal home might be top-notch, you still need to think about lighting during the design process. Here are some different types of lighting that you need to consider:

  • Chandeliers: While you might think that chandeliers only belong in fancy city spaces, there are chandeliers that can fit into coastal spaces as well! Look for organic chandeliers that feature wood or rattan.
  • Pendant lights: Pendant lights are a great way to add lighting to spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. Pendants can also include organic materials like wood, beads, seagrass, or raffia.
  • Wall sconces: If you are looking to highlight accent wall decor or provide easy lighting in the hallway, wall sconces are a great way to do this. Look for wall sconces that have a natural stone or metallic look.
  • Table lamps and floor lamps: No room is complete without table and floor lamps to fill up space on tabletops and brighten up dark empty corners. You can actually have a lot of fun with side table and floor lamps that feature beautifully colored ceramic in various shades of blue.

Add the Finishing Touches

With the hard parts finished, it’s time to have fun and use your imagination and creativity to add finishing touches to your interior design. These pieces help give your home personality and character.

  • Area rugs: Soften up your room with a light-colored area rug or even a natural-colored shag rug. This is also a great place to play around with some patterns to add dimension to your space. Don't forget outdoor rugs for your outdoor living spaces!
  • Home decor: Now for the best part -- decor! Sculptures made out of natural elements will go perfectly in a coastal space along with nautical decorative pillows, rattan mirrors, and calming wall art. Make sure to choose neutral cotton bedding sets with light comforters and coverlets, or duvet covers and duvet inserts with a nice pretty bed skirt.

The Bottom Line

If you are drawn to casual luxury, airy and light interiors, Hamptons is the furniture collection for you. This high-end bestseller showroom has been curated for people who love the coast and want to feel like they are on the beach at all times. Whether your coastal home is a permanent home or just a vacation getaway from the city, make the most of your time near the water by creating the space of your dreams with quality materials, luxurious fabrics, and unique accent pieces.