Hamptons Glamour Guide: Top Tips From Designer Barbara Karpf


Hi there,

Memorial Day has passed us, which means that the Hamptons, one of my favorite summer destinations, is filling up with the world’s most affluent and stylish residents. Living and designing there for over 25 years, I have seen the wide variety of beautiful homes from East Hampton to Southampton as well as the latest trends on this coastal hot spot. Here’s how you can get the fabulous Hamptons look in your home…

—Barbara Karpf
DecoratorsBest President & Designer

4 Ways To Get The Look Of The Hamptons Decor Turquoise Aqua Navy Blue

Whether you’re close to the water or not, you will feel like you’re in a beach side home when you fill a room with aquatic blues. The key to this look is to fearlessly use aqua, mixing it with unexpected navy grasscloth and a zany blue zig-zag stripe that evokes the ’70s. I particularly like the idea of turquoise leather chairs in a dining room. It’s slightly nontraditional and also easy to clean.

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4 Ways To get The Look Of The Hamptons Decor Modern Clean Pops of Color

One of the latest trends in Hamptons homes is an ultra modern, clean-lined look. Sky-high vaulted ceilings and stark white backgrounds set a sleek yet relaxed scene that is perfect for afternoon cocktail entertaining. Fill the room with angular furniture containing metal details, small amounts of shocking blue & lime green, and a couple of suzani pillows.

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Hamptons Decor Secrets Neutrals with Pop of Color

Neutrals are very on-trend right now, and in the Hamptons we’ve always gravitated toward the natural look because it exudes a sense of ease. Try brightening up couches that are slip covered in a luxuriously heavy linen with bold charcoal and grey chevron striped drapes. Also add velvet sunshine yellow pillows or throws, being sure to stick to a solid pattern for a color-blocked effect.

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4 Ways To get The Look Of The Hamptons Decor Layers of Texture

When people vacation in the Hamptons, they do it in the utmost refined and sophisticated manner, where even casual rooms feel posh. Find a balance with rich layers of texture, from a masculine leather or grasscloth wall to a coffered wood veneer ceiling. Bring in chocolate brown & white leather cushions and pillows with coordinating trim details that make the room feel special. Juxtapose that with care-free elements like wicker chairs, raw wood end tables, and trendy metal ottomans covered in linen.

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