Décor Ideas to Address Mobile Home Issues
Congratulations on your new purchase! Buying a mobile home is as significant an investment as buying a conventional stick-built house and holds as many emotional associations. So it is only natural that you will want to decorate your new home to your heart’s content. Décor principles for a mobile home are not wildly different from those that apply to a stick-built structure. However, some mobile homes may be a little cramped for space and some interior spaces may be dark. A mobile homeowner then has to be creative with his décor ideas. Given below are some décor ideas to address specific problems of a mobile home.
Ideas to Revamp Sedate Run-of-the-Mill Walls
Manufactured homes tend to be built along certain common design and aesthetic principles. For instance, the gaps between the wall panels in mobile homes are usually filled with vertical strips of molding. If your house is located in a mobile home park, then it is likely that every house looks the same from the outside. If you want your house to stand out from the crowd and exude the same inviting look as a stick-built house, then paint the walls in a richly-textured paint in dark tones to hide the strips. If you are willing to put in a little more effort, remove the strips from the walls, fill the gap with a joint compound, and then apply a fresh coat of paint.
Ideas to Brighten Dark and Dank Kitchens and Bathrooms
This is a common cause of angst amongst mobile homeowners. Mobile homes tend to be small in size and the bathrooms and kitchens in them are generally smaller than those found in stick-built houses. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to create an illusion of space nor is it prohibitively costly. You can replace the wooden doors of the upper cabinets with glass and have the room painted in a bright cheery color. Monochromatic rooms tend to look larger than they actually are. So you can have the walls in your bathroom, the shower curtains, and the fixtures in a coordinating color to create an illusion of space.
You can even hire an interior decorator to help you enhance your mobile home’s interior. The exterior could be similar to many other mobile homes but the interior can be completely different. If you want to hire a carpenter to add more shelves or to redo your kitchen drawers and cabinets, you can do that as well.
Ideas for Windows that Open into Other People’s Homes and Backyards
Homes located in mobile home parks are usually placed close by and often homeowners find their windows opening into their neighbor’s homes or backyards. Keeping the windows closed is not the ideal solution. But you can maintain privacy by using blinds that will allow in air and sunlight. You can also use fancy window treatments but make sure that they do not overwhelm a small space. You do not want people seeing in, certainly if you have made your mobile home’s interior standout.
While the above-mentioned ideas address some common décor problems in mobile homes, you should also try and keep your home as clutter-free as possible. Go creative with your furniture—sofas and tables with storage spaces underneath, beds that can be stashed away when not in use, study tables that can double up as dining tables, and using screens in place of walls so that you can easily merge spaces. The constraints of living in a mobile home simply fade away when you think outside-the-box.