New England interior style

21 New England style ideas from some of our favourite design gurus.

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Let the laid-back relaxation of the Hamptons inspire your home this summer with these top 21 tips for creating New England style in every room of your own home...

01.New England bedroom

1. "Keep it natural and take your inspiration from materials that you would find outdoors. A light colour scheme is the perfect base for the New England style and creates a relaxing, fresh and airy atmosphere. An easy way to perfect this style throughout your home is to buy furniture and accessories made of natural materials. Another simple trick is to fill a glass bowl or vase with pebbles and shells from the beach. Don't be afraid to mix and match, contrasting materials give a room an interesting aspect." Shannon Rose Burke of Image Interiors & Living.

New England bedroom - white bedroom bed linen

2. “Essential to creating a beach house look at home is to keep it simple with pure white walls, preferably tongue and groove, and either white painted or a pale wooden floor. A simple colour palette is best, pick either blue or red as your main accent colour with soft beige or grey tones. Combine fine ticking fabrics with small-scale prints, plaid also works well. Occasional furniture in washed wood suits the New England bedroom look, oversized hurricane lanterns and framed seascapes in light wood frames would be great finishing touches.” Kiera Buckley Jones, Interiors Editor at House Beautiful.

New England bedroom - Lene Bjerre cushions

3. "Wall panelling is the hallmark of New England style! Introduce it into your room easily by panelling one wall or a small alcove, adding charm without having to do the whole room. Choose a beach-inspired colour palette; blues of most shades work brilliantly but for something a little different, combine soft greys, pale sea green or dusky pink for a relaxed holiday feel. Keep the look elegant by mixing and matching striped patterns and natural fabrics for upholstery and add texture to floors with jute rugs. Use motifs sparingly and create the look with subtle hints of cute coastal villages and sea views." Lucy Birch, Interior Stylist.

New England bedroom - blush pink bed linen

4. "My favourite way to achieve the New England bedroom look is to use different types of wood. You can add warmth, comfort, and softness to the room through styling throws and cushions which can be stored in natural wicker baskets. For me, a room is not complete without a personal touch so include frames of artwork and photos that remind you of a certain time and a candle of a scent you love!" Shannon Rose Burke of Image Interiors & Living.

Blue and white New England bedroom

5. "Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint is ideal for giving homes that classic New England style. Combine softer shades like Chalk White, Clotted Cream and Hessian for a raw, original look that’s easy to transform from an airy summer house aesthetic to a cosy winter abode – just add wool blankets and faux-fur rugs.” Laura McDonald, at Rust-Oleum.

Grey Lexington bed linen with driftwood headboard

6. For a softer, less traditional New England interior scheme, go for neutrals with a warmer feel rather than classic reds, blues and greys. Warm shades of beige and sand are perfect for creating a cosily inviting New England bedroom, layer different tones across bed linen, cushions and throw for a rich, inviting look.

Murmur nude bed linen

7. "A variety of simple textures among soft, cool hues make for instant coastal style. Think pale blue stripes, whites and light greys to create a bright, airy feel. To add dimension, include shutters and tongue and groove on walls complemented by softer, simplistic materials such as linens and cottons." Nikki Bradley, Interior stylist.

Pastel bed linen and washed wood

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8. Bring a hint of Americana to your New England style bedroom with chunky checked bed linen. Lexington's laid-back collection is perfect for instantly nailing this scheme, combine it with weathered timber furnishings and industrial style lighting for a truly Hamptons inspired look.

Suspended bed with Lexington checked bed linen

02.New England dining room

9. New England dining rooms should convey a cosy communal dining style. Hearty dishes that can be shared with those you love and a stylish yet relaxed aesthetic are key. Look to a mix of tactile materials and chunky stoneware crockery to nail the casual elegance of this scheme.

New England dining room - green checked table cloth

10. "The key to creating a New England style interior is to keep things simple. Go for a fresh white backdrop for a light and airy feel, add some warmth and texture to the scheme with wood furniture and natural woven rugs. For a smart nautical touch, accessorise with a mix of tonal warm greys and slate blues as well as classic stripes and checks." Luisa Ferdenzi-Rouse, Freelance Interiors Writer and Stylist.

New England dining room

11. "The New England palette is based on fresh white and cream, with touches of marine-inspired navy and teal. Think white (washable) covers for chairs and sofas, light curtains that will move in the breeze and pale walls. Painting the floor is also a good idea for a really fresh look. Add soft furnishings in red or coral to add a spark of colour and mix in a few classic coastal stripes." Andrea Childs, Interior Journalist.

blue and white New England place setting

12. For a more sophisticated take on New England dining room looks, combine beautiful white painted furnishings with chic upholstered chairs and elegant candelabra. A weathered wood dining table top is perfect for adding coastal charm while button back chairs introduce a more refined edge to the look.

New England dining room - white upholstered dining chairs

03.New England living room

13. "Basic furniture is key to effectively embodying a coastal theme. Add simple neutral sofas, white wooden tables and wicker chairs for a comforting, simplistic atmosphere. In addition to this, natural objects with soft colours, such as sea glass and driftwood will further enhance any coastal inspired space." Nikki Bradley, Interior Stylist.

Lene Bjerre living room

14. "This look is all about easy, comfortable style. Natural wood and wicker will add warmth and texture – a rattan chair, woven lampshade or a reclaimed oak table are perfect. Make sure there are lots of cosy rugs on the floor and throws to cuddle up in on chilly evenings, and add candle lanterns for atmosphere. If you have an open fire or wood-burning stove, fill a basket with logs or pile them up next to the fireplace for a relaxed and cosy look." Andrea Childs, Interior Journalist.

Rustic coffee table tray

04.New England kitchen

15. "It’s important to create a playful look - being by the coast is so much fun and this should translate into your interior! Try a fun slogan on your kitchen towel or on your cushions. I love colourful seafood prints on oven gloves and aprons. You can even have fun on your table with placemats and napkins; it’s a great talking point when you have family and friends over for dinner in the summer.” Kristina Lindhe, founder of Lexington Company.

Lexington kitchen linen

16. Exciting Dutch brand, Riviera Maison exudes New England style and their collection of typographical kitchenware is perfect for creating the laid-back coastal style. Decanting pasta and pulses into chic glass jars creates a cool, homely feel that complements the relaxed elegance of New England kitchen style.

Riviera Maison long key kitchen island cabinet

05.New England hallway

17. “Creating a New England style at home is all about bringing a fresh, pared back coastal vibe into your interior, whatever the weather. Think white wooden furniture, reclaimed timber flooring and painted panelled walls then add accessories to inject warmth and character. Hurricane lamps, nautical trunks and clocks, framed prints of ships sailing the high seas and even oars displayed casually against the wall can all bring this look to life. To soften the effect, use rugs, cushions and throws in indigo hues and dip-dyed effects.” Hayley Gilbert, Interiors journalist.

Riviera Maison Hampton High School Coat Rack

06.New England office

18. "Classic coastal colours, such as blue and white, will always bring to mind life by the sea. So go for Scandi-style painted furniture, aquamarine accessories and seaside stripes, then mix and match to suit." House to Home.

Flamant Colchester Bureau

07.New England outdoor furniture

19. For a crisp, clean New England look in your outdoor space try layering white furnishings on white painted decking. Scrubbed white wood is the ultimate signature of coastal inspired style and can work both indoors on floors and wall coverings and outdoors on decking and summerhouses.

Skagerak Selandia Chair

20. "Channel the New England look with white painted wooden elements, striped linen fabrics in red, white and blue, and pared-back, pale floorboards, either painted or treated with lye and oil to bleach them. Include plenty of found objects from the coast; shells, pebbles, driftwood etc - and natural materials such as rattan and stone." Ellie Tennant, Interiors Journalist, Stylist and Author.

Skagerak Drachmann Bench 120

21. Blue and white stripes instantly conjure New England, coastal style so try incorporating them into outdoor spaces for a stylish relaxed look. Pair bundles of cushions with a hammock for the ultimate relaxation spot for lazy summer days.

Blue and white striped hammock outdoors

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