How to create a Hamptons-Style outdoor room

Bring your outdoor area to life this summer with a Hamptons-style space that is designed to impress!

With the right use of textures and colours, paired with carefully-selected furniture and finishes, you’ll have an outdoor room that will feel like a coastal retreat all year long!


1. Start with a spacious, airy room that can open up to the outdoors

Try to add as many doors and windows as you can to your garden room to make the space really ‘open up’.

French doors that fold back flat against the building are a great choice, as they also allow easy access (for getting all your stylish furniture inside!).

A popular combination is to add french doors + ‘fixed panels’ either side. This creates a ‘full glass wall’ look, and a nice open feel, without the expense of sliding doors.

For the other walls of your garden room, it’s a great idea to add ventilation windows. These clever little stunners are nice and wide, but only 30cm high, so they are perfect for positioning at the top of the wall. This allows you to put shelving, furniture or even a TV on the wall below, and still have the sunlight & ventilation of a window! #winnerwinnerchickendinner


Hamptons style outdoor room
Adding double doors + sidelights to your garden room really opens up the space



2. Natural textures & finishes

The crisp, raw look of natural wood, paired with soft linen and bright whites is what creates the inviting Hamptons vibes we all love so much. By choosing the right textures, you can make your outdoor room both stylish and practical. 

For the external cladding, both Board & Batten and Cedar are great options. Both materials are extremely durable, and designed to endure the Aussie weather.

Cedar is also a great natural insulator, so if you’re looking to reduce heating/cooling costs, this is the way to go. 

Internally, gyprock painted a crisp white is a great base for your room. Or, for a more beach-shack look, pre-fabricated wall panels are the way to go. These stunning panels save time and can be a fun DIY project! 

When choosing your flooring, a pale floating timber floor will complement the room whilst being practical (easy to clean!).

Alternatively, you could just stain the ply floor that comes with your Melwood Garden Room, and then add texture with a rug. Not only is this fast and easy to DIY, it looks great! 


Hamptons style outdoor living room
Board & Batten cladding painted a pale grey, with white feature doors and windows creates the perfect Hamptons look in Helen’s backyard.


outside living room for retreats
Stained floors paired with a blue and white rug = a fast, easy & stylish DIY flooring option.




3. Crisp neutral colours

The Hamptons trend focuses on a refreshing palette of greys, bright whites and natural wood finishes; creating inviting spaces that are easy on the eye. 

Popular paint colours include Dulux Shale Grey and Taubmans Snow Drop.

Make sure you are using an exterior grade paint for the outside, as this will seal and protect the wood, whilst providing long-lasting colour.

When painting the external walls grey, white trims (doors and windows) will complete the look. Alternatively, go for all white everything and keep your soft greys for inside. 

For the roof, Colorbond’s Surfmist or Woodland Grey are the two colours that work best with the Hamptons palette. Woodland Grey is an excellent choice because it doesnt show as much dirt as other colours, whilst the Surfmist has the added benefit of reflecting the heat in the hot summer months.

Melwood enclosed outdoor rooms
Claudia’s all-white garden room is the perfect contrast to her decking area. 



Melwood prefab outdoor rooms
Shale grey walls, white trims and a woodland grey roof create the ideal hamptons palette in this gorgeous Sydney backyard


4. Styling your Outdoor Room!

Now for the really fun part! Styling your outdoor room! 

Here’s where you can really showcase your personal style.

Start with pared-back basic elements (furniture) in whites and neutrals and then add colour in cushions, artwork, rugs or other decor items.

The trick here is to make sure you add just a touch of colour, not too much. You want to keep the overall look as white & bright as possible. 

When adding colour, its also a great idea to start with a large ‘centre’ piece like a rug or artwork, and then pull colours from that to influence your cushion and decor choices. 

This is demonstrated perfectly here by the gorgeous girls at Three Birds Renos: white-washed floors, white walls, white furniture, with a few natural wood accents and then some gorgeous blue and green colours which have been pulled from the beachy artwork and indoor plant. Isnt it just gorgeous?

Very white Chic Outdoor Room
Alot of white with a few natural wood accents and then some gorgeous blue and green accents. Perfection.




So, are you inspired to create a Hamptons-style outdoor room?

We’d love to see what you create, and we’d love to help you get the project started!


Your outdoor room is just a few clicks away. Click here to download our Garden Room  pricelist and get your project started!

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