Decorating a mobile home or manufactured residence can be a challenge. Paneled walls, vinyl wallpaper, odd angles and low ceilings are just a couple of of the troubles home decorators need to overcome. Here are some excellent tips for decorating your mobile residence with style and charm.
The most typical complaint I hear in decorating a mobile property is what to do about those paneled walls. Mobile homes tend to have strips of vertical “molding” that cover the gap in between every single panel of wallboard. They scream “mobile residence”. There are approaches to function around them. 1st of all, you can remove them and use joint compound and a putty knife to fill the gaps. This works, however, as 1 of my readers pointed out recently when she tried this method, its difficult to get the gaps as smooth as the wallboard. Her answer was to apply joint compound to the complete wall, then texture and paint. Fantastic thought! A lot of work!
If you do not want to put the function into the joint compound method, you have choices. The initial is to merely choose one or two co-coordinating paint colors in a rich hue, then make the color of the walls the star. With a lovely color as background, specifically a rich color, then strips will seem to fade away. How about cranberry and mustard? Or a wealthy moss green and a golden yellow?
Another option is to make the strips seem deliberate. Get some affordable molding the identical approximate size as the strips, and glue rectangular panel “frames” onto the walls at standard intervals. Now paint the “frames” the identical color as the trim in the room. Hang artwork inside the frames, and the molding becomes a gallery, and the strips look a deliberate portion of the style scheme, separating each and every “frame” from the next.
Another problem with mobile house decorating is the question of architectural particulars. Mobile houses virtually always lack them! So add your own! Frame sunken tubs with wallpaper border, stencil arches over doorways, cut ¼ inch plywood into 4-6 inch wide strips, then add below the ceiling line, use wood putty in the seams, and paint the trim color.
Add charm to a mobile residence kitchen by removing the cupboard door below the sink, and add shirred fabric on a rod for a softer look. Cut out the interior of the upper cupboard doors, and replace with glass or fabric. Paint your cabinets. The concept is to produce a custom look, and get rid of the cookie cutter mobile house decor.
If your mobile property has paneling, the very best thing you can do is to paint it. A very good coat of primer and some white semi gloss can take a complete house from blah to fresh and inviting. Removing the paneling is time consuming, and can harm the walls underneath, so take into account this option carefully.
Mobile house decorating does not have to be a difficulty, just keep in mind these suggestions, and use creativity to decorate your mobile or manufactured home in a warm and stylish way.