It’s hard not to love the big city. The loft apartments, the coffee shops. Inspiration and art are around every corner. If you’re adjusting to life in a mobile home after living in a big city, or you simply want to bring a bit of spice to your decor choices, urban decor is a great choice.
It does, however, require a little hard work, imagination, and defining elements to pull it off. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular urban decor trends. Along the way, we’ll show you how to implement each in your mobile home.
First, create a mood board. If you’re an artsy type, this should be right up your alley since urban decor is often associated with artists and creativity in general. A few places to search for visual inspiration are Pinterest, Urban Outfitters, and platforms that offer virtual tours of loft or studio apartments.
One of the biggest attributes of urban design is its inherent creativity. You have to be quite creative to make those tiny, slim houses in the city work! And every loft apartment was once a warehouse that had to be made into a livable space. Think of the creativity required to make a naked ceiling full of wires and ductwork beautiful. Creativity is all over urban housing because idiosyncratic houses and apartments attract creative people. This is why art and imagination are so closely associated with urban decor.
1 – Brick
Brick is what comes to mind when we think of urban decor. It also is an option that may not even enter a mobile home owner’s mind. “I can’t have brick in my house…I live in a mobile home!” Well, actually it is possible to have brick in a mobile home. If you’re renovating, a real fireplace is a viable option. Even a faux fireplace would do the job.
Or, if any fireplace is out of the question, there’s a more affordable option (plus it’s much less work). Brick wallpaper. It’s a mind-blowing option – simple yet full of potential.
2 – Arched windows
Urban homes often boast beautiful, arched windows complete with stunning and totally unique detail. Windows are a relatively small mobile home upgrade with big results. Taking the extra time and effort to arch them will give your home instant urban vibes.
3 – Black metal
Yes, black metal everything. Beds, shelves, light fixtures, railings. If you can make it metal, make it black metal! Black accents offer that clean, minimalist feel that is so adored in urban design. However, don’t forget your occasional copper or gold accent. Done right, these can play off the black and give the space texture and interest.
4 – Concrete
Whether you like concrete or not is a matter of personal taste, but it can jazz up your urban mobile home like nothing else. Concrete countertops are an obvious choice (and don’t forget that waterfall concrete countertops are a fascinating option!). You can also consider a concrete fireplace or a concrete table (whether a dining table or side table).
5 – Wall art
No urban home would be complete without some creative wall art. Certainly, you can take a typical wall art approach, introducing canvas art, beautiful framed prints, or special family photos. There’s nothing wrong with that. But allow yourself to think outside the box with a couple of your wall art choices. Hang a vintage bike on the wall or hire a talented friend to paint you a mural.
6 – Bulb lights and more
No, your design is just not finished until you hang some bulb lights. Also, don’t forget the all-important textures and elements that belong in urban homes. You definitely need light. But you can also try warming up the rooms with wood tones, rugs, and cozy seating. Layer your decor. What we mean is this – mix and match, pair unique colors and textures together to create stunning displays. Be sure to include lots of plants.
Urban decor may have elements of minimalism, but remember that it’s also inspired by boho trends and the large community of artists that inhabit big cities. Your home needs to have that textured, layer feel before you can start calling it your “big city urban mobile home.”
Bring in the big city
The most important thing, however, is to have fun with your design. If you’re having a good time, your house will reflect that. Urban homes have a feeling of coziness and relaxation about them. Try to take a cue from that and create sense in your home. Be creative, a little wild, and everything will come together.
And all of you urban decor lovers should also take a look at this article that’s all about unique fabrics and textures to incorporate into your mobile home decorating.