You’ve renovated inside and now the outside of your home looks completely out of place. Sound familiar?

Whether it’s pure Hamptons, coastal Hamptons, contemporary, or something else, this is a common problem for many of my home owner clients and Street Appeal Academy students in my role as an exterior designer here in Australia.

Inside is easy to renovate. Outside – not so much! And that’s when people start looking for help.

What’s great to know is that most houses can be tweaked towards a coastal-Hamptons style, even if it looks nothing like it right now.

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If budget is a factor (when isn’t it!?), then consider doing some of the following things now and chipping away at the rest over time. If you can come up with a ‘master plan’ now, your final renovation will come together cohesively and look like it was all done in one shot, instead of a mish-mash pieced together over a period of time.

I think there is a misconception about what Hamptons or coastal Hamptons style is made up of. Colour is absolutely an important factor, but it is by no means the only one. Weatherboard cladding helps, but it’s not the be all and end all. Gable roofs do wonders but again not essential.

The most important details on a Coastal-Hamptons home are the following;
– Light and bright colour scheme (render brick to create a clean backdrop)
– Accents of fresh white – eg guttering and trims
– Lots of texture made up from details in the gables, balustrades, and other accent areas
– Window mouldings
– Interesting doors in a contrasting colour
– Minimal soft landscaping and a variety of textured pots
– Simple fencing in a crisp clean colour (often white but not always)

Awnings, gable vents, frieze rails and balustrades can also add to a Coastal-Hamptons vibe on the right home.

The trick is to get the right balance to ensure an interesting and elegant combination of products, colours and materials, but not too much.

If you’d like my help achieving a beautiful Coastal-Hamptons look on the exterior of your home, you can get in touch with me here.

Jane Eyles-Bennett x

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