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How To Design A Hampton’s Kitchen

The Sunshine Coast has proven to be an ideal location for the popular Hampton’s interior style. Our warm, sunny climate, indoor/ outdoor lifestyle and coastal breezes provide a complementary pairing with a Hampton’s-style kitchen, bathroom or interior. If you are looking at using a Sunshine Coast renovation builder to create the Hampton’s kitchen of your dreams, read no further. Here, we explore the key defining characteristics of the Hampton’s kitchen and how you can incorporate them into your next kitchen renovation or build. 

A feature Island, with stone benchtops

Whether you select a natural or engineered stone, stone benchtops scream luxury and elegance, both trademarks of the Hampton’s aesthetic. A thicker benchtop, although more expensive, will make your kitchen look and feel classic, stately and luxurious. We recommend at least 40mm thickness to create a showstopping, opulent statement benchtop. A trick of the trade to cut down on costs is to use a 40mm thick benchtop for your island bench showpiece, and use thinner stone elsewhere on the other benchtops that aren’t out on full display.

Your feature island, if your layout allows one, should also have plenty of bar-stool type seating. The popular cross-back bar stool will further compliment your Hampton’s kitchen. The island should aim to become the hub of the home, and a space where visitors naturally gravitate towards, so be as generous as you can in size and comfort when designing your feature island.

A subway-tiled splashback 

The key to creating a classic, all-white kitchen without it becoming flat, stark or cheap is by introducing texture. A beautiful ripple through a marble benchtop, an abundance of greenery behind a window splashback, or a subway-tiled splashback will add texture and prevent an all-white kitchen from feeling flat. The subway tile adds visual interest and texture, and lends charm and character. The Hampton’s look should feel warm and personable.

Colour Selections

As previously discussed in our Hampton’s bathroom blog post, colours should be neutral and natural. Duck-egg blue, white, soft grey and ocean-inspired hues like seafoam, grey, charcoal and inky blues will lend a Hampton’s vibe and pop beautifully against a white backdrop. 


Brushed nickle tapware and handles

With a vast array of choice, from rose-gold to gold, silver, matte black and copper, choosing a colour for your tapware that is complimentary to your other selections can be daunting. A classic go-to choice if you are going for the Hampton’s look should be brushed nickle- it is soft, flattering, rustic and timeless. It won’t clash with your soft Hampton’s colour palette and it will compliment your selected cabinetry. A farm-house style sink is another classic and chic Hampton’s- influenced choice, as is a curved goose-neck style traditional mixer tap.

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The farmhouse sink, goose-neck style tap and open shelving make this pretty Hampton’s kitchen feel classic and chic.


Hampton’s cabinetry should look solid, chunky and classic. Two-pac cabinetry although pricey, is the ultimate choice when designing a Hampton’s kitchen. Beware that two-pac can be time consuming as the panels have to measured, cut, built and painted by hand to specification. They are worth the wait, and with their detailed profile and furnished with colonial inspired handles (see above) will stand the test of time for decades.

Another feature of your cabinetry you may want to consider including is a display cabinet, with either open shelving or a glass display cabinet. 

A Freestanding Cooker with a Stunning Chimney Breast above

The visual anchor that is created when a kitchen is inclusive of a freestanding cooker/ chimney breast is unmatched. Providing balance in its stately proportions, as well as an injection of warmth and personality will lend your kitchen a personable yet elegant feel in a way that no stainless steel, state-of-the-art oven ever can- and that is exactly what the Hampton’s aesthetic is all about.


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The gorgeous Danni Morrison from Design By Danni in her stunning Hampton’s kitchen. Note the centre island, subway tiled splashback and the classic cooker/ chimney breast combination.


How To Design A Hampton's Kitchen
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