Designing Your Dream Manufactured Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

Couple looking at color swatchesCongratulations on the purchase of your new manufactured home. Whether you’ll be joining one of our pre-planned communities at Lavender Meadows or Crystal Mountain MHC, we’re so glad you decided to invest in one of our high-quality, upscale manufactured homes. Buying a new home and decorating it can be such an exciting endeavor. Now it’s time to decorate.

The opportunity to meet new neighbors and make new friends. The chance to upsize or downsize based on your current family situation—manufactured homes are great for empty-nesters. Whatever the reason, we know this is a big deal! But perhaps one of the best things to look forward to is how you will decorate your new home.

Yet many homeowners can be overwhelmed by the prospect of decorating, especially a new home. So, we’ve decided to simplify the process, providing a step-by-step guide on how to decorate your home to make it one that you’ll truly love.

Ready to Design Your New Manufactured Home?

Of course, the first step in designing your new home is to select the floor plan that best meets your needs and decide where you will live—will your home be delivered to an existing plot of land, will it function as a detached ADU, or will you be moving into a pre-established community?

Next, of course, is working with ECM Homes to determine the options and upgrades best suited to your permanent style tastes. After all, these decisions are intended to be, well, permanent. So, you want to make sure that you make selections that you can afford, that will provide the best resale value for your home, and that you will love for a long time.

After that, it is time for the interior—and a bit of exterior—design. Here are our suggested steps to take when designing for your dream manufactured home to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed and end up with a space you no longer love.

1. Choosing Your Furniture

Start by selecting furniture that fits the scale of your rooms. Large pieces can make a small room feel cramped, so opt for furniture that balances comfort with the size of your space. Consider how you’ll use each piece, whether it’s a comfy sofa for family movie nights or a dining set for gatherings. Consider all the key rooms in your new home, such as:

  • Bedrooms: Beds, night tables, dressers, etc.
  • Living Room: Couches, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, etc.
  • Kitchen/ Dining Room: Table and chairs
  • Den: Desk, chairs or other seating, etc.

2. Planning Your Layout

Once you have your furniture, arrange it in a U-shaped configuration to encourage flow and conversation. Avoid blocking windows or doors, as this can lead to safety issues and can impede the natural light you let into the room.

Create zones in open spaces—for example, a reading nook by a window or a puzzle and gaming area in the living room. This will make the space not only comfortable but far more functional.

3. Selecting Window Treatments

Determine the type of window treatments you want. Are you a minimalist, and some simple blinds will do? Or are you looking for blinds accented with curtains? The right window coverings can frame a beautiful view or provide needed privacy and light control.

Choose colors and materials that complement your overall design theme while considering each room’s lighting needs. Consider room-darkening materials for bedrooms and options that encourage more natural light in living spaces.

4. Setting the Color Scheme

Color influences mood. Select a color palette that reflects the feeling you want in your home. If you follow Feng Shui, consider blues, greens, white, grays, and neutrals for your living room and blue, green, and teal for bedrooms.

Depending on the size of your new manufactured home, be thoughtful about the use of significantly brighter colors that could overwhelm your space.

5. Adding Storage Solutions

Good storage helps keep clutter at bay. Look for creative storage options like ottomans with hidden compartments, shelves with decorative baskets, and furniture pieces like credenzas and bookcases that combine functionality with style.

6. Selecting Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and carpets add warmth and texture to your floors. They can also define areas within larger spaces. Choose patterns and colors that match your visual preferences while considering practicality—darker colors and patterns hide stains better, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.

Don’t forget to consider grippy rugs and mats for high-traffic areas, especially at the entry point from exterior doors.

7. Choosing Lighting

While your overhead lighting is typically selected as one of your home options, accent lighting is a great addition to any room. Consider task lights like reading lamps or under-cabinet lights in the kitchen. Decorative lighting, like a statement chandelier or unique table lamps, can also be artwork. If your home was wired for a ceiling fan and doesn’t yet have one, now is a great time to consider one for bedrooms and the kitchen.

8. Adding Wall Décor

Decorate your walls with items that reflect your personality. This could be framed photos, artwork, or even fabric hangings. Keep the scale in mind; large walls might need bigger pieces, whereas a series of smaller items can make a gallery wall.

9. Incorporating Plants

Indoor plants bring life and freshness to your home. They can improve air quality and add a natural element to your decor. Choose plants that will thrive in your home’s lighting conditions, and consider pots that complement your interior design.

Know that the right plants can bring the following benefits to your home and yourself.

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Faster healing
  • Sharpened attention and focus
  • Increased happiness and quality of life
  • Improved productivity

10. Finishing with Accent Pieces

Finally, add small touches like cushions, throws, and decorative objects. These can easily be changed to update your look without a big investment. Choose items that combine everything, paying attention to how their colors and textures play off your larger design elements.

At ECM Homes, We’re Confident You Will Love Your New Manufactured Home

As we shared above, designing your home can be super exciting. And we can’t wait to hear how much you love it when you are all moved in and settled. Be sure to drop us a jingle to let us know.

Are you thinking of buying a manufactured home? If so, ECM Homes is here to help. We’re proud to be a licensed dealer of Palm Harbor Homes, which means nothing but the best in a high-quality upscale home. Contact us today to get started.