Although seasons come and go, it’s always summer when you have a beach home. Whether you live near the water or not, a beach-style mobile home can help satisfy that craving for sunshine, hot weather, and lemonade – all year round. Welcome to the third part in our series on how to create a mobile home interior you love. This time we’re diving (no pun intended) headfirst into how to achieve an updated, modern beach look in your mobile home.
What is an updated, modern beach look?
It’s not a secret – beach homes are sometimes quite ugly. It’s easy to go too far. You don’t want to be known as the tacky neighbor! So please, don’t go decorating your yard with colored bottles (we’re just kidding, we know you wouldn’t do that!).
To get that updated look, neutrals are your best friend. White is your second-best friend. Stay focused on introducing the more “boring” colors first then layering in the fun pops of brighter colors, and you won’t go wrong. We’ll talk more about color in just a bit. The main thing to keep in mind is that you aren’t going to be painting your ceilings bright turquoise or splashing the master bedroom with pastel pink. We’re going for a modern beach look!
Creating a beach-style home gives you the opportunity to use beautiful, organic, and natural products in your decorating scheme. Beach homes are characterized by a clean, natural look. Using real, raw pieces in your mobile home is a great way to pull off this style in an authentic way.
Tip #1 – Focus on the bones of your house
Beach homes can be quirky in appearance because they’re often stripped to their bones to show off that odd bulkhead in the entryway or that interesting architecture near the fireplace. When it comes to turning a mobile home into a beachy oasis, you may choose to ahead and create that quirkiness from scratch.
Adding shiplap, on the walls and (especially) on the ceiling, gives the house an old-fashioned, raw look. Consider adding beams (painted white) to the ceiling. Nothing lends itself better to an authentic beach-house look than white beams. And of course, vault the ceiling if you can, even if it’s just in the entryway.
Also, opening up as many walls as possible and creating bigger doorways (French doors, anyone?) is a simple way to get that modern feel. Plus, openness lends itself well to a modern beach bungalow feel.
Tip #2 – Play with texture and color
Light grays, creamy whites, gray-blues, and navy are what come to mind when we think of the beach. And, of course, sandy colors and natural wood tones. Although there are exceptions (no one says you can’t use a beautiful sage green!), these colors are almost all you’re going to need to create a modern beach look. The only question to consider is where each color and texture will work. Do you paint the walls white and buy navy-colored furniture? Or flip that on its head and paint the walls navy and buy white furniture? Really, it’s entirely up to you because you can take your beach look in so many different directions.
The best course of action is to keep everything airy and light and use colors like blue and grey to add that unexpected pop in the form of your main furniture. Then get a few accent pieces made of wood, wicker, or jute. If you’re into gold or copper, be sure to add a few accents to warm up the cool color palette. Black metal is also highly recommended.
Tip #3 – Choose the right decor
When it comes to decor, anything trendy and beachy is allowed. Be sure to include jute and rattan in many forms! (Rugs and lampshades, for instance.) When choosing decor, as we mentioned earlier, look for products that are raw and unrefined. Pottery is a great place to start. Plants, worn wood, and stone are all fair game. Linen bedding, throws, and towels make great additions, too.
Also, be sure to include window treatments in your budget plan. Linen can play a part here as well. Beach houses are known for their simple, airy window treatments.
Enjoy a never-ending summer in your home!
Summer doesn’t have to end when the leaves start falling. Bring the sunshine indoors and enjoy a vacation vibe all year round. Create a mobile home that invites you, your family, and your guests to sit back, relax, and feel free to put stress in a back pocket. For even more inspiration, check out our 19 ways to welcome summer into your mobile home.