The season of Hamptons getaways officially arrives this weekend, and homeowners are embracing new trends to keep their properties in style.
The glitzy, celebrity-studded south fork on the eastern end of Long Island takes pride in being fashion-forward, in everything from its construction and architecture to interior decor. Here’s a peek at what we can expect to see in Hamptons homes this summer, according to experts:
Since the East End is known for its natural beauty, it’s no surprise that biophilic design, which incorporates environmental elements, is a hot trend for summer, notes a report from the real estate listings site Out East, which polled its Design Panel for insight.
“The interior should work in harmony with the outdoors,” explains Debra Gildersleeve of Renee’s, a decor retailer in Mattituk. “Handmade details and earthy elements add warmth to any look.”
The style can be achieved through natural fiber rugs and ceramics, along with greenery and wood accents.
“Earth tones are having their moment,” agrees designer Jessica Kamel, of the firm Ronen Lev.
Pops of color are fading from home decor this season, designers say. “We’re replacing jewel tones with more muted colors,” Kamel explains. “Right now we’re into mustardy yellows, neutral greens and light sandy browns.”
In the luxury, high-end market, porcelain is replacing marble in counter tops and other surfaces due to its reliable stain-resistance, notes Lynda Packard, a real estate agent with Douglas Elliman.
Though marble has been particularly popular for the last few years, just a splash of lemon juice or drops of red wine spilled from a guest’s glass can require a call to professionals to come buff and reseal the porous stone, she explains. “Now you’re seeing kitchens where all the counter tops are porcelain and they look like marble but you can do anything to them,” Packard says. “They’re practically indestructible.”
Funky wallpaper and creative wall designs are making a comeback, adds Dana Buckley, an agent with Stribling.
“It’s to make it more fun and mix patterns,” she says of wall designs. “White was so in for so long that this is probably the complete opposite coming in now.”
However, Buckley warns, if you intend to display an art collection it’s best not to make some areas too busy. “You might like a wallpaper but then you put it on the wall and you want to hang a piece of art there and all of a sudden it clashes,” she cautions.
Rattan and teak
Adding to the earthy elements are teak wood and rattan, according to Out East’s Design Panel. The materials will be seen in everything from furniture to light fixtures, along with baskets and other decor, experts say.