I have lived in mobile homes most of my life, and it goes without saying that decorating a mobile home is different than decorating a traditional home. You are limited on space! Kitchens are typically smaller in mobile homes which could make you want to rip-your-hair out when you are brainstorming how to decorate your kitchen. I noticed that there are not a whole lot of mobile home articles on the internet, so I decided to share what I have done with my readers.
Here are a few tips:
If the kitchen in your mobile home has dark walls, or even paneling, you will want to change that immediately! Dark and/or paneled walls make the room feel MUCH smaller than it is, and in all reality, who wants to spend hours in a kitchen that is gloomy? Paint the walls in a light shade such as a pale yellow, seashell, or even a light-mint green. Light colors will “open up” your kitchen.
Did you know that when it comes to decorating, the walls are often neglected? People may install a shelf or two, and that is it. Use your wall space to your advantage in a mobile home. Install shelves to display knickknacks, cookbooks, coffee mugs, and other items. You may want to also create or purchase a corner shelf for your kitchen that goes from your ceiling to your floor! No, I am not kidding. Just think about how you can display your beloved items, or even what you could store on a corner shelf. Don’t forget to include framed artwork!
If you live in an older mobile home chances are your kitchen cabinets are brown and ugly. I know from personal experience! You may be thinking that I have completely lost my mind telling you to decorate your cabinets, but trust me it does make a difference. You can paint the cabinet doors a light color or an accent color of your choice. The Dollar Store has super cute wall stickers that can easily be applied to the cabinet doors after the paint has dried.
Because mobile home kitchens are typically small, your window treatment will either make or break your décor. I suggest that you hang kitchen curtains (valance and lower shades) on the windows in your kitchen. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on the curtains. If you don’t mind using gently-used items you can check out your thrift stores and garage sales. However, make sure that the curtains you hang in your kitchen are in the same theme or color family as the rest of the room.
I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a light fixture in a mobile home that was modern. If you have the skills, replace your light fixture (or fixtures if you have one above your sink) with a modern style.