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How to create a Hamptons Style Kitchen Renovation

How to create a Hamptons Style Kitchen Renovation

Inspired by upstate New York villages called The Hamptons, the classic Hamptons kitchen has become one of the most popular design aesthetics for Sydney kitchen renovations. 

Hamptons kitchens are bright and open, with plenty of natural light and offer a classic, sophisticated look that's timeless. This casual coastal style is a perfect fit for Australian homes and has been embraced by Sydney home renovators.

Creating a Hamptons kitchen renovation is about blending key design elements together: neutral tones, natural materials, classic shapes and a coastal inspired colour palette are at the core of this relaxed coastal style.

In this month’s B&C Journal we share the key ingredients you need to create a Hamptons style kitchen renovation. Enjoy!

Robert Fonti

Director, Balnei & Colina


Hampton’s Style Kitchen Renovation - Key Design Elements

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1. Home Architecture


If you're looking to create a Hamptons themed kitchen renovation for your home, the first place to start is the walls. Neutral coloured walls in white, cream, grey, or blue tones work perfectly with the Hamptons style.


When planning a Hamptons kitchen renovation, consider the style of your home. Classic Hamptons homes feature pitched or coffered ceilings, exposed beams, wainscotting on walls, often timber flooring; so a Hamptons style kitchen will be more suited to a home that includes some or all of these traditional architectural elements.


Dark (traditional, elegant) or light wood (contemporary, relaxed, beachy) floors. The kitchen design team at Balnei & Colina feel that a dark floor provides a beautiful contrast against all white cabinetry and offers an elegant, sophisticated look.

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2. Kitchen Layout

Hamptons kitchens have always been synonymous with entertaining. The Hamptons kitchen layout embraces open space with a coastal feel, where owners can work freely and easily entertain. It's all part of the welcoming and friendly aspect the Hamptons’ Style embodies. Our Balnei & Colina kitchen design experts can help create a Hamptons Style kitchen, that not only optimises function but reflects the beauty and timelessness of the Hamptons' aesthetic. 

Incorporating an island bench as part of your Hamptons Kitchen renovation provides a focal point for your kitchen design, is functional, providing counter space for food prep and additional storage beneath as well as a hub for casual gatherings, meals and entertaining.

Design Tip: The Balnei & Colina kitchen design team suggest selecting a shade of white paint for your walls that compliments the tone used for your cabinetry and benchtops.

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3. Kitchen Colour Palette

Hampton’s style kitchen renovation colour schemes are traditionally white, however you can use soft hues of blue, grey or greens if you're adverse to an all-white kitchen. 

When opting for white as the dominant colour for your Hamptons kitchen renovation, it's important to add layers of texture in the finishing details such as mouldings, tiles and handles to introduce character and create greater visual interest.

Design Tip: Create contrast in an all white Hamptons Kitchen. Use a feature colour on your island bench cabinetry or base cabinetry. Similarly, if your splashback tiles are plain white, you could opt for pale grey grouting. 

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4. Kitchen Cabinetry

A common design element amongst all Hamptons Style kitchens is the distinct ‘Shaker’ style profile doors often finished with hooded pulls and knobs in Nickel, chrome, brass or gold. 

Balnei & Colina renovations have a wide variety of bespoke handles to select from to help add further interest and character to your custom Hamptons kitchen renovation. 

The panelled doors look and feel robust and provide a clearly defined look. Balnei & Colina renovations offer a wide range of profile doors to select from for your Hamptons kitchen renovation. From deep shaker to shallow, wide rimed, double rimed profiles you can customise the look of your doors to create the Hamptons look you’re after. Whether contemporary, classic or more coastal, the kitchen design team at Balnei & Colina can help bring the vision you have for your Hamptons Style kitchen renovation to life.

Design Tip: Blue, green or grey painted wood cabinetry provides an interesting alternative to white, and works well in coastal kitchen renovations.

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5. Benchtop & Splashback

Marble Benchtops

Marble or stone benchtops are ideal for a natural and timeless Hamptons look. The kitchen design experts at Balnei & Colina love Caesarstone’s marble-inspired reconstituted benchtops in the Calacatta Nuvo™ range with grey veining on a white base. Smartstone’s Carrara, Bianco Onix, Amani Classico refined bases and subtle veining are also a favourite. A black stone countertop can also support the Hamptons style as an alternative.

Timber benchtops

Timber is an alternative to marble and is often chosen for its natural, tactile properties. However, timber is a lot more costly to fabricate and install, is more prone to scratching and stains, and requires more maintenance. Be careful with moisture and heat, and only choose solid hardwood species for your countertops. The kitchen design team at Balnei & Colina renovations suggest adding warmth to your Hamptons kitche renovation by using timerb in open shelving, butchers blocks, or island faces instead of committing to an entire run of timber bench.

Ceramic tile splashback 

Ceramic tiles are also a common theme for Hamptons style kitchen renovations. Tiles offer great versatility and are available in a wide range of colours, textures and finishes.The tiling team at Balnei & Colina renovations provide a wide variety of laying options for Hamptons style kitchen splashbacks these include, brick, 1/3 offset, stacked, herringbone, chevron, versailles patterns. Select darker coloured tiles like grey for greater contrast against all white cabinetry.

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Balnei & Colina Hamptons Kitchen Renovation Sydney

6. Sink, Tapware, Handleware & Appliances


Finishing touches for an authentic Hamptons-style kitchen includes a large farmhouse sink or for a more contemporary look undermount sink installation.


Opt for more traditional-style tapware – The EnglishTapware Company in Woollahra has some great options to suit the Hamptons look.


Handles are the jewellery that finish off cabinetry and in a Hamptons style kitchen should be understated and elegant. It’s best to select handles in a contrasting colour to your cabinetry.There are no hard and fast rules however shell-shaped handles or small knobs are the hallmark of the Hamptons kitchen. Balnei & Colina renovations offer a wide variety of handles to chose from, and our kitchen experts can help guide you on the best choice for your Hamptons kitchen design.


Not always, but often large appliances are integrated with cabinetry however, if left in full view are typically finished in stainless steel. Integrated fridges, dishwashers and range-hoods can also be concealed in a manner that sees them blend seamlessly into the surrounding kitchen cabinetry.

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7. Hampton's Kitchen Decor

Continue to build on coastal kitchen hues by introducing organic textures such as rattan, wicker, linen and silver/gold accents in your decor. Include vintage scales/glass bottles & vases, large wooden chopping boards, timber bowls and greenery to add some personality and flare to your kitchen landscape. Cane or weave baskets are a great touch and help keep clutter to a minimum, whilst adding to the Hamptons vibe.

Pendant lights

For a Hamptons-style kitchen choose statement metal, woven cane and ceramic pendant lights in a large format. 

Bar stools

Opt for bar stools in natural earthy tones.

Still unsure how to create a Hamptons kitchen renovation? Leave it to the kitchen design experts at Balnei & Colina kitchen renovations. Simply book a kitchen design consultation today on 1300 450 320 or, send us your project details via this contact form

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