‘It’s perfect for entertaining!’ - 5 designer-approved tricks to achieve an elevated Hamptons-style kitchen

Recreate the look of a sophisticated Hamptons kitchen with these 5 tricks you can copy at home

hamptons style white kitchen with jute island stools
(Image credit: Raquel Langworthy. Design: Christina Kim Interior Design)

The Hamptons-style kitchen is the epitome of relaxed luxury. With its ample storage, bright surfaces, elegant white cabinets, and beautiful flooring, it's a design idea that looks as good now as it ever did, and that's unlikely to change. 

Recently, content creators and designers alike have been singing the praises of this timeless style, taking to social media to discuss the most recognizable features that we can copy in our own homes. If you want to elevate your modern kitchen with a bright, fresh feel and a hint of luxury, look to the Hamptons for inspiration. 

Here, we caught up with those in the know to find out the key design elements in a Hamptons kitchen so you can recreate the look. Extra points if you manage to squeeze any in before the holidays, but the important thing is that a Hamptons-style kitchen will look good year-round. No matter what the latest trends might dictate, this kitchen style is here for the long run. 

What is a Hamptons-style kitchen?  

hamptons style kitchen close up with white cabinets, island and view through window

(Image credit: Raquel Langworthy. Design: Christina Kim Interior Design)

While it originated in the Hamptons and is typical of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, the Hamptons design style keeps inspiring interiors everywhere, whether by the beach or not. The relaxed luxury, vacation vibe is coveted all year round and looks especially beautiful in a kitchen setting. ‘A Hamptons-style kitchen is open plan, fresh, bright, and breezy with big windows that open to outdoor living to a big deck or a backyard,’ explains interior designer Ami McKay

There are some key elements that make this kitchen style instantly recognizable. ‘Usually, there is a large island, wood floors, and whitewashed furniture,' says Ami. 'White is the color of choice to reflect the light, mixed with natural materials. The aesthetic conjures up feelings of being relaxed and on holiday and while the term “Hamptons kitchen” may go in and out of style, most of these elements won’t.' 

5 design elements for recreating a Hamptons-style kitchen


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In a recent post, content creator and property expert Belinda Botzolis asks ‘Who doesn’t love a Hamptons kitchen?’. She walks us through a perfect example, pointing out the elements that you should consider copying if you want to recreate the look in your own home. Some are easier to do than others, but at the end of it all it will be a worthy investment as it won’t go out of style anytime soon.  

1. Herringbone floors 

Small kitchen with herringbone flooring and round dining table

(Image credit: Alexander James)

‘If you want a Hamptons-style kitchen, let’s start with the herringbone floors,’ says Belinda. The ones in her video are tiles and not timber, but they look just as good. It’s a great option to consider in the space since they'll be very easy to clean and can be more budget-friendly in some cases. 

However, if you want to go all out, a wood floor is the traditional choice, and it suits the elegant style beautifully. ‘Engineered wood has a very natural, warm feel with organic swirling grain patterns and color variations that suit a vast range of interiors - from modern to a traditional and rustic countryside style,’ explains Parador flooring expert Christoph Wellekoetter.  

2. White Shaker-style cabinetry 

Belinda goes on to point out that another typical feature of a Hamptons kitchen is the Shaker-style cabinetry doors. You don’t need to change your whole kitchen for this - keep the carcasses and just swap out the doors. The color of choice here should be white, and it’s an important factor in achieving that high-end look. The perfect white will make the space look expensive, and more luminous, as it will bounce off light.  

‘White is a great backdrop for many design styles, and it works in any room of the house – from kitchens to playrooms – as the paint color becomes the backdrop to all the other elements in a room,’ says Sherwin Williams paint expert Sue Wadden. ‘One way I recommend homeowners incorporate a palette of white in their homes is by layering white décor mixing different textures, fabrics, and patterns to add dimension to an otherwise all-white bland look.' That’s the beauty of a Hamptons style - the different textures layered onto a white foundation to create that luxurious feel.  

3. A big oven (or two) 

White kitchen with white walls and a large window

(Image credit: Quorn Stone)

‘It doesn’t really matter if you have two double ovens at 600 each or one large 900 oven, it just depends on your cooking preference,’ says Belinda. In general, however, when it comes to Hamptons style, the bigger the better. Similar to the Cape Cod style, a key feature of Hamptons vacation homes is that they're great environments for hosting and entertaining guests, so larger appliances where you can prep enough food for big family gatherings are ideal.  

4. A sophisticated backsplash 

A beautiful, clean white backsplash suits this style like a glove. You can opt for tiles or marble for an even more expensive look. ‘Subway tiles are great,' Belinda explains in the video. 'You can lay them in this traditional brick way, or you can lay them in a herringbone style.' 

Of course, the color of choice here is typically white, but you can add interest by playing with a different texture surface (a glossy one in this case). You can also experiment with different ways of laying your tiles to break the all-white effect and add character to the space in a subtle, elegant way that's in keeping with the style.  

5. The integrated fridge 

a white kitchen with bold marble veining

(Image credit: Brad Knipstein. Design: K Interiors)

‘A great feature is an integrated fridge,' Belinda goes on. 'This is a double French door fridge, and the handles are very in keeping with the Hamptons them.’ In keeping with the possibilities of hosting and entertaining that the style promises, a large fridge is not only preferred but a feature of utmost importance. Choosing an integrated look, where the fridge doors are hidden will ensure that the sleek, clean look of your white shaker cabinets won’t be disrupted.  

Belinda goes on to show us the laundry room and the butler's pantry that you can walk into straight from the kitchen, both of which are amazing bonus spaces. If this is something you don’t have the space for or the budget to build right now, prioritize the primary kitchen for a timeless look that you'll enjoy for years to come. 

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Raluca Racasan
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Raluca is Digital News Writer for Livingetc.com and passionate about all things interior and living beautifully. Coming from a background writing and styling shoots for fashion magazines such as Marie Claire Raluca’s love for design started at a very young age when her family’s favourite weekend activity was moving the furniture around the house ‘for fun’. Always happiest in creative environments in her spare time she loves designing mindful spaces and doing colour consultations. She finds the best inspiration in art, nature, and the way we live, and thinks that a home should serve our mental and emotional wellbeing as well as our lifestyle.