Are you a minimalist who loves having a “cozy” home at the same time? We know cozy minimalism can sound contradictory, but, nevertheless, there’s one trending style that combines both. And that is (you guessed it) farmhouse style!
Welcome to the second part of our series about mobile home interior designs. Today we’re tackling one of the newer contenders in the interior design world. Modern farmhouse style is an outgrowth of classic farmhouse design, with a little rustic and shabby chic thrown in. So let’s take a look.
What is cozy farmhouse design and why is it so great?
Farmhouse design is attractive because of it’s inherently comforting, cozy feel. In this day and age of technology, busyness, and stress, we need comfortable and beautiful homes to relax in after long workdays. More and more people are beginning to take an interest in creating nurturing homes for their families. And there’s no better way to do it than with a farmhouse-style design scheme!
Popular figures like Chip and Joanna Gaines, with their HGTV show, Fixer Upper, are calling for people to reclaim an era of simplicity in their home. And they’re doing it by giving us an updated, yet timeless design scheme to emulate. We couldn’t be more excited about it, because now we get to share our best tips with you (curated for your mobile home)!
But first let’s answer that initial question: what is modern farmhouse design? Here’s a quick overview. Farmhouse design works off one main color – and that color is usually white. Farmhouses like this one are predominately white, and usually feature white shiplap, subway tile, and plenty of bright lighting. Then the designers add pops of black metal, and textures like wood, and splashes of color in the form of rugs, plants, and maybe even a little brick. Often vintage or shabby chic decor pieces are added. Or the designer can keep the look clean and totally modern. For your mobile home, it’s up to you! And this leads us to our first tip for bringing the modern farmhouse look into your mobile home.
Tip #1 – Go light and bright
White isn’t the easiest of colors to work with. And what shade you pick has to do with how much natural light is coming into your space. If you have a lot of natural light, then your shade of white should be a warmer color. If you don’t have many windows, pick a brighter, cooler shade.
When we think of farmhouse style, what usually comes to mind is open concepts. And there’s a reason for this. Since you’re already painting everything white, we assume you appreciate bright, light, airy feels. When you take walls down, you automatically brighten the space – because there are more windows pouring their light in to the area. So keep that in mind when creating a game plan. Fewer walls equals more light. Open up your house as much as possible. You won’t regret it.
Plus, what else makes more light? More windows, of course! If it’s possible for you to put in extra windows (or make your windows bigger), we suggest you go for it.
Tip #2 – Add texture, color, and character
The second best thing you can do for your cozy farmhouse mobile home is to add some texture and character. Some people may want to stick with a black and white color palette paired with wood tones. And that’s fine. But most of us are going to want a little color. Color can take the form of rugs, wall decor (like that vintage Coca Cola sign you found at an estate sale!), and furniture. Fun chairs around the island and dining table? We’re in! In fact, furniture is a great way to add color. Repainted side tables, dressers, and sideboards make great practical and colorful additions to any farmhouse.
Or maybe you want to stick with rich wood tones in your house. There are many places to incorporate wood, but remember not to overdo it. You don’t want wood overwhelming your beautiful white walls and ceilings! Keeping wood to a minimum could include using it in these areas:
- The floor
- The countertops
- The ceiling (vaulted and displaying exposed beams)
- Barn doors
After you get the essentials planned out, it’s time to start adding decor! Depending on your tastes you may have plenty of decor, or you may want to keep it clean and simple. Some decor pieces that are often found in farmhouse style are the following:
- Industrial light fixtures
- Floating shelving
- Plants (particularly herbs)
- Shiplap (as a feature wall or covering the area above the fireplace)
Let there be cozy
You can’t beat modern farmhouse design in term of coziness factor! We hope this has inspired you to look at your mobile home in a new light. Is “cozy farmhouse” just the makeover you’ve been hankering for? And if you’re looking to cozy up the outside of your mobile home, too, we’ve got just the article for you.