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The ultimate guide to creating an authentic Hamptons style kitchen

The Hamptons style kitchen has grown in popularity exponentially over the last decade—as this kitchen design is light, airy and effortlessly stylish which is ideal for the Australian lifestyle. BJF Joinery are industry leaders in creating the most ideal Hamptons style kitchen in kitchen spaces of all calibres. Known for its refined elegance, a quality Hamptons style kitchen renovation will create the ultimate comfortable yet functional space that is perfect for entertaining, cooking and relaxing. Here is our ultimate guide to creating the most stylish and timeless Hamptons kitchen in your home.

What is Hamptons style?

The Hampton style in its truest form was born from homes built by the wealthy in a group of townships on Long Island, New York. This style embraces cool, classic and sophisticated designs that meet rustic, casual beach vibes. The best way to achieve the ultimate Hamptons style is to incorporate the glamour and romance of a high-end summer home.

Doors and drawers.

It’s all about selecting a door and drawer profile that encompasses a traditional Hamptons design brief. This includes most commonly ‘shaker’ doors and drawers. ‘Shaker’ fronts have a frame and panel profile and are a textbook Hamptons design element. Some may even opt for the bevelled edge option. Choose the classic bright white or if you’re wanting to incorporate colour, shades of blue and green will work best. Everything from duck egg blue through to navy or aqua and soft sea greens will work ideally in your Hamptons style kitchen.


When it comes to handles—there is some freedom in the design strategy if you have your heart set on a more contemporary shape. However, if you’re wanting to do it by the book, subtle shell-shaped handles or small dark knobs are commonly chosen. Many suppliers mesh styles together such as Hamptons and Industrial to create handle designs that are individual and striking in their own right. There aren’t strict rules when it comes to choosing handles, but just ensure there is an element of Hamptons style in your chosen piece.


Subway tiles laid in a simple spreader or herringbone formation are your typical Hamptons style kitchen splashback choices. This is because the typical Hamptons style stone benchtop choice matches back perfectly with a stone or tiled splashback. Avoid incorporating a glass, Perspex or stainless-steel splashback as these give off more of a contemporary/commercial style kitchen design.

Kitchen island.

The kitchen island is generally the focal point of a Hamptons style kitchen—a place where people can congregate and enjoy meals and conversation together. Choose accompanying stools that are relaxed and beachy either in earthy rattan or white birch wood. The Hamptons style, large island bench, adds ample storage space to your kitchen so it’s both a practical and visually appealing statement piece for your upcoming kitchen renovation.


The most popular and versatile flooring choice for your Hamptons style kitchen is dark timber flooring as they tend to contrast perfectly with the common white, pale-coloured or classic darker toned cabinetry choices. It’s best to opt for a dark toned floor as the Hamptons design prides itself on being very white, bright and airy. Wooden floorboards tend to ground the space.


Paying tribute to the coastal heritage of the Hamptons style kitchen—many home renovators opt for a ‘nautical’ or ‘coastal’ lighting design theme. This tends to incorporate metal or glass pendant lights positioned above the kitchen island which is stylistically on point and also offers essential illumination in the main work area of the kitchen.

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