Today we’re hoping to inspire you to create a traditional mobile home that’s not outdated. A home that will bring you joy for years to come.
Don’t be afraid of being “predictable”
Traditional homes are nefarious for being predictable. Now, if you’re a free spirit, traditional design may very well be a thing to steer clear of. But let’s be honest here – some of us simply want to be safe, cozy, and organized. Some of us are homebodies who put a high value on beauty, creativity, and a comfortability in our homes. If that’s you, then, please, don’t be afraid of becoming predictable! There’s a simplicity in predictability that can be beautiful.
So what makes traditional design predictable? Many things. If you were to tour several traditional homes you’d be sure to find a few basic elements in each. First, you might see carved molding and wainscoting. It might be fancy or it might be simple with clean lines, depending on the look the owner’s going for. (That’s right, there’s definitely room for a homeowner to express himself.) And another interesting thing to note about traditional design is that it can actually be quite minimalistic.
Elegance is key
A second feature you’ll find in traditional design is stately architectural details. Perhaps a marble fireplace, arched doorways, or statement ceilings. Even if you’re a minimalist working with a tight budget, there are ways to create elegance, and elegance is the defining factor in traditional design. You won’t get far without this key element, that’s for sure!
Make wise furniture choices. Furniture should be sturdily crafted, a little bit classy, and have elegant lines. You might want to go on the hunt for bargain antique pieces that you can refinish or refashion. Wood is an essential traditional element, but be sure you aren’t weighing down the room with dark, heavy pieces. Though sturdy furniture is key, pieces that don’t fit your space will ultimately defeat your efforts. Keep in mind that there’s a difference between bulky and sturdy.
Let there be light
This brings us to our next tip – let in the light! If you’re sticking with a mostly neutral color palette (and if you’re a traditionalist, you probably are) don’t pick tan paint for the wall. Yes, that is the color you see in every picture of traditional homes everywhere. But while tan walls may work in a California mansion, they will do you no favors in your mobile home. Besides the occasional feature wall, you’ll want to choose a bright, clean white for your walls. Traditional decor can start to look heavy and drab without something to lighten up the mood. Other architectural elements can also help lighten up the space – things like French doors and large windows.
Be sure to include plenty of artificial light for raining days and cozy evenings. Chandeliers are a classic element of traditional design, and elegant lamps, sconces, and candle holders are also great ways to add extra lighting.
It’s all in the details
In many ways, traditional homes are predictable. There’s a fundamental rule in traditional design that says rooms should have elements of symmetry, and for the most part that’s a good principle to stand by. Buying a set of lamps or a pair of couches is a way to balance a room, creating a feeling of harmony and coziness. But that’s not to say you can’t add a touch of the unexpected.
With traditional homes, it really is all in the details. That coral-colored couch you’ve always wanted? Or a modern sunburst mirror for some inexpensive “oomph”? A dark green color on your board-and-batten walls? Go for it! No one says you can’t be creative while still staying in your comfort zone. The main point is to have fun with your home design.
A mobile home that will never go out of style
In the end, traditional mobile home design is all about crafting comfort and finding beauty in the ordinary. We all need some of that in this day and age of hustle and bustle. You’re creating a home that your family can enjoy right now and for years and years to come. And if you need more style tips, be sure to check out our 9 Mobile Home Dos & Don’ts For On-Trend Style.