How to Make the Inside of a Mobile Home Look Good

Mobile homes are traditionally thought of as small, cramped dwellings, with limited options for furniture and decorations. However, with creativity, ingenuity and a sincere desire to appreciate your surroundings, you can make your mobile home a place you're proud to live in. Use lighting and design tricks to make your space appear larger, and choose colors that complement each other. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make your mobile home look attractive: Browse garage sales and thrift stores for inexpensive, gently used items that add to your home decor.

Your mobile home should be comfortable and good-looking.

Step 1

Paint your mobile home walls in cool colors like light blue, light green and pale violet to make your home appear more spacious than it is. Cool colors appear to recede, while warm colors such as red, yellow and orange appear to move toward you. In your sitting room, consider painting adjacent and opposite walls different colors or painting one wall a solid color and painting another wall with patterns or stripes to add depth and texture to the room. Small patterns make walls look small and cluttered, while large patterns make walls look large and airy. Also, vertical stripes make walls appear taller, while horizontal stripes make walls appear wider.

Step 2

Hang framed photographs, artwork and prints on walls throughout your home to enhance the decor. Hang pictures high to draw eyes up toward the ceiling; this will increase the appearance of room height. Take care not to hang too many photos or artwork on a single wall; the clutter will make your mobile home feel smaller than its actual size. Hang mirrors on main walls across from windows, so the light will bounce and reflect; this will make your mobile home look brighter and bigger than it really is.

Step 3

Find furniture in usable condition with colors, prints and patterns that match the decor of your mobile home. If your furniture is used, damaged, faded or worn, improve its appearance with reupholstery, sofa covers or clean, decorative sheets.

Step 4

Minimize clutter by using furniture that doubles as storage solutions. Convert a wooden trunk into a coffee table, and choose end tables with drawers. Install an entertainment system cabinet with shelves for books, DVDs, CDs and tapes, along with room for your television, DVD player and stereo. Use the tops of tall plastic storage containers to place plants, framed pictures and knickknacks.

Step 5

Decorate your windows with blinds and curtains that match or highlight your mobile home’s theme.

Step 6

Go through your belongings every couple of months to discard, give away or sell items you’re no longer using. Keep your possessions to a minimum so your mobile home remains spacious, uncluttered and comfortable. Make a rule: For each new thing you bring home, something old has to go.

Things You Will Need

  • Paint
  • Framed art
  • Furniture
  • Blinds
  • Curtains

About the Author

Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.

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