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hamptons style kitchen from metricon bayville display home

9 Must-Have Inclusions for your Hamptons Style Kitchen

Hamptons style kitchens make my heart skip a beat. I get a bit overcome when I walk into one. There’s something so wonderful about this type of kitchen design, don’t you think?

What I love most about them is that the good ones blend old and new. They give a nod to all of the traditional Hamptons elements, but they turn up the modernity. They feel contemporary and yet classic, all at the same time. And I tend to think that’s the mark of any good room design; that seamless blend.

For anyone looking to pull off a Hamptons style kitchen, I bet you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. Do you go classic? Do you go modern? How do you blend the two? So many questions you’re probably not getting the answers to. And trying to figure it out on your own can be tough.

So today I thought I’d share my thoughts on what makes for a phenomenal and modern Hamptons style kitchen. And as I often do, I’m using imagery from my friends at Metricon. If you’re in Melbourne, you can go and see this kitchen for yourself in-the-flesh. The Bayville display home is on Dendy Street in Brighton, and you can take a tour of the whole home here.

In no particular order, I’m going to list out all of the bibs and bobs you should include in your Hamptons style kitchen. And where possible, I’ll link to suppliers you can find similar products from.

Do drop me a comment at the end of the post if you have any questions. And if you want to see suppliers of awesome Hamptons homewares for other pockets of your home, click here.

metricon bayville display home hamptons style kitchen

1. White and Grey Colour Palette

The colour palette is really important, and it’s the starting point in getting your Hamptons style kitchen right. A lot of people go all-white here, but the space needs some warmth. Consider painting walls in a soft grey. Having that tone as your foundation will allow the crisp white cabinetry to pop. If the walls were white and the cabinetry was white, it would be less impactful. And a Hamptons kitchen needs impact.

2. Shaker Cabinetry

The cabinets are also crucial to get right. You want them in a shaker style and you want them to be painted a crisp white. It’s nice to have your cabinets feature a slight gloss, but don’t go over the top. A semi gloss is fine. You also want to ensure you have some cabinets with a glass front. It gives the kitchen a high-end feel. If you’re going with a flatpack option, this brand has you covered.

3. Contrasting Door Handles

The handles on your white shaker cabinetry are best done in a contrasting colour. In the Hamptons kitchen you see here, a black option was chosen and it makes the space feel far more modern. If you wanted to veer toward something more traditional, you could select handles in a silver tone. But I’m all for a contemporary take on the classics, so it’s black all the way for me. Bauers do great handles in this vibe.

4. Matt Black Tapware

Tapware is also important in a Hamptons style kitchen. I’ll stress again that we’re blending old and new here. So while we’re retaining classic features like the shaker cabinets, the tapware is going in a more modern direction. Here the team have installed matt black tapware, and the lines are quite fluid. By fluid, I mean that the tap itself is rounded. Meir do great taps in this style if you need.

hamptons style kitchen metricon bayville display home

5. A Deep Butlers Sink

It aint a Hamptons kitchen if it don’t have a gasp-worthy sink. And to ensure you get yours right, veer toward a deep butlers option. This style of sink has a real presence in the kitchen and like a few of the other elements, brings a sense of casual elegance to the room. Ensure it’s white, of course. This will let the black tapware pop even more. And if you need a supplier, this brand has you covered.

6. Marble Benchtops

Marble Benchtops are absolutely necessary. I don’t think I’ve seen a Hamptons style kitchen without one. And I don’t mean it has to be actual marble if your budget won’t stretch that far. A Caesarstone option works well, but the focus here is on the vein and the width. You don’t want it to be over-veined, but you do want it thick. The thicker it is, the more high-end it looks. This is my fave benchtop option for you!

7. Metallic Pendant Lights

Now, this is where you get to tap into a little bit of the traditional – choosing a pendant. You have to have a few over your benchtop, and I like to include something metallic here so it brings some interest to the zone. In the photos here the pendants are more contemporary and offer a little bling. I also like the idea of a more structured black option, with glass panels. The Lighting Collective have some great options if you need.

8. Dark Floorboards

A great kitchen has contrast. You have a tonne of white cabinets going on in your Hamptons style space. But to have a light floor (or white floor) would make things feel too clinical. To provide balance, you want a dark floor. A deep chocolate tone is my preferred option. And if you need to get some inspiration, I recommend checking out Carpet Court’s range of timber flooring here. Smoked Iroko is my top choice.

9. Finishing Touches

My fave part of any room is bringing in the finishing touches. A Hamptons style kitchen needs lots of decorative love too, so don’t be afraid to run wild. As I’ve already mentioned, a kitchen is a hard zone (so many cold surfaces) so it’ll really benefit from warm materials. Think timber trays and wooden stools, but also bring in deep sea blue tones in through vases and bowls.

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Don’t be Leaving Yet: Explore a Hamptons Bathroom!

If you’re keen to explore more Hamptons rooms for design inspo, check out this Hamptons Bathroom.

If you’re struggling to put together a Hamptons style kitchen, fear not. Just drop me a comment below and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

Also drop me a comment if there are some awesome suppliers you used when shopping for your Hamptons kitchen. I’d love to know about them!

Happy decorating.

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Jan


    Hi Chris,

    Loving your blog. I have a Hampton Style kitchen but would like to repaint soft grey.
    What brand and actual colour would you suggest?
    At the moment it is Dulux Piano Quarter.

    Big Fan


    22 June, 2018
  • Michele


    Hi could you please tell me the name of the product and company that sell the timber floor you have in this page please
    I am struggling with finding a colour flooring for our Hampton house

    30 January, 2019
  • Renee


    Hi Chris
    Thank you so much for this information it is extremely helpful as we are currently designing our Hamptons Kitchen. Could you please advise if you would do a colour on the island bench of a hamptons kitchen blue/grey and what colour would you recommend?
    Thank you very much

    18 July, 2019
  • Pam Sullivan


    Hi Chris, I am doing up a Penthouse & am on a tight budget, looking for the Hampton look. I have jumped in & purchased my floorwhich is a grey/ white timber Novo core Grey Barn. What would you suggest for a bench top that won’t blow my budget. I want white cabitenary with shaker doors. Would all white bench tops be too much & paint feature bench in a soft grey. Many thanks Pam

    18 August, 2019
  • Lee Lillicot


    Hi Chris,
    I am steering toward a Hamptons inspired kitchen upgrade, but I have terracotta colour tiles with a Mediterranean feature tile (throughout the whole house).
    Am not sure if we can change the flooring (multiple beds & surfaces that meet) – currently investigating.
    If not, can I pull off a Hamptons Kitchen or will the tiles clash & make it look ridiculous??!?

    27 August, 2019
  • Leena Ryan


    Would you kindly tell me what colour/brand of paint is on the walls of this kitchen?

    19 January, 2020
  • Jenni Macdermid


    Hi Chris, I’m building a new home with Hampton’s style. The kitchen cabinets will be grey, marble bench tops, black taps, handles. I’m struggling with my flooring choice. Originally I was going with a dark laminate colour floor, but I’ve seen pictures of a house with marble tiles throughout. Stunning… but I’m concerned if I had tiles it will detract from my beautiful kitchen. Should I get a darker laminate floor or the marble tile. Could you help please. Jenni

    12 April, 2020
  • Joanna Ho


    Hi Chris,

    I was wondering what colour you used to paint the kitchen island? It is a nice shade!

    Thank you!

    27 April, 2020
  • Leanne Queens



    This is a wonderful article and a beautiful kitchen. Do you mind sharing the colour of the grey cabinets for the island? I think it’s perfect.

    27 April, 2020
  • Linda


    Hi Chris I am about to build my new home and love the Hamptons style but want to keep it more contemporary and modern so I’m not locked into a definite style. Do you think it is possible to incorporate a polished concrete (with or without exposed aggregate) floor in this style of kitchen/living area? If so, what Coloring would you suggest?

    12 May, 2020

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