When it comes to mobile and manufactured homes, exterior colors play a crucial role in creating the ambiance you desire. They can influence your home's curb appeal and provide an indication of your personal style. This blog post aims to guide you through trending exterior colors, key considerations before picking paint, and how to maintain the aesthetics within a manufactured home community.
But before we dive in, let's clarify the difference between mobile homes and manufactured homes. While both are often lumped together, they differ mainly in regulation and construction standards. Mobile homes refer to homes built before 1976 when federal regulations were non-existent. On the other hand, manufactured homes are constructed post-1976, following specific guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Thanks to these criteria, manufactured homes often command higher quality and value. But both come in single or multiple sections and can be placed on private land or within a community, where exterior paint colors will set the tone for their residential experience.
The transition between your home’s interior and exterior should be as seamless as turning the pages of a well-authored book. While many homeowners may pour hours into choosing the right couch or kitchen tiles, few realize that the home's exterior should be an extension of its inside.
Imagine walking into a home that exudes a rustic farmhouse vibe indoors with aged wood and perhaps some barn-style sliding doors — then looking out of the window to see a shocking neon exterior. It would feel disjointed, wouldn’t it? On the other hand, embracing complementary colors like navy or emerald green would enhance the rustic essence.
However, if sleek lines, minimalist furniture, and vibrant artwork define your space, signaling a mid-century modern aesthetic, think mustard, teal, or terracotta for the exterior. These colors nod to the era's popular hues, ensuring a harmonious flow.
As you stand back and view your home, think of it as a canvas. The color you choose should resonate with your personal style, yet also cater to the home's functionality. Ponder on its architectural nuances — does it have wide eaves, decorative trim, or unique sidings? These elements can guide your palette choice.
Moreover, let the surroundings have a say! If your mobile home is nestled among tall pine trees, a forest green might blend in too much, making your home recede into the background. Conversely, a soft taupe or beige might stand out, yet still complement the green surroundings.
In this digital age, there’s no need to rely solely on imagination. Online paint visualizers have become homeowners' best friends. Just upload a photo of your home, and with a few clicks, you can see it draped in various shades. It’s like trying clothes on your home! Many brands like Sherwin-Williams offer these tools, turning your decision-making into an exciting, risk-free game.
Paint visualizers are one thing, but the translation into reality can be another. What looks like a muted peach online might scream neon on your walls. This is why the age-old advice of sampling paints remains golden. Paint large swatches on different parts of the exterior. Examine them at dawn, under the midday sun, and as the dusk sets in. This real-world test ensures you’re in love with the shade in all its moods and lights.
When it comes to manufactured homes, the importance of selecting the right type of paint can't be overstated. These homes often come with specific wall materials and construction techniques that regular paints might not adhere to well. Additionally, manufactured homes are designed to be transportable, meaning their exteriors need to be especially robust to withstand the rigors of travel and changing weather conditions.
For long-lasting, durable results, you may want to consider weather-resistant, acrylic-based exterior paints. These are specifically designed to hold up against rain, snow, and the blazing sun, giving you peace of mind through the seasons and in the various climates your home may visit. These paints often come with added UV resistance, which can extend the life of your paint job by minimizing fading and chalking.
As for finishes, the choice between matte, satin, and high-gloss might depend on your home's specific needs and your aesthetic preferences. Matte finishes, for instance, offer a sophisticated, contemporary look but can show dirt and require more frequent cleaning. On the flip side, low-gloss or satin finishes are often more adhesive and forgiving of imperfections, making them a good option for manufactured homes. They also tend to be easier to clean, a boon for long-term maintenance.
When grappling with unique wall materials like faux wood paneling or vinyl on gypsum, you’re entering a different painting landscape. These unconventional surfaces can prove tricky for paint adherence and may require a specialized primer to ensure a smooth, enduring finish. Your local paint store can guide you through this maze, recommending not only the ideal paint but also the right primer and any necessary surface treatments.
If your home has metal siding, you might need to look into paints with rust-inhibitive properties. These will not only enhance the appearance but also protect the metal from corroding over time. Just remember that darker shades on metal can absorb heat, so balance your color choice with practical concerns like thermal comfort.
Pro tip: When you're investing in paint, also invest in quality applicators — good brushes and rollers make a world of difference in application. Cheaper tools can leave streaks and are often less durable, turning what should be an exciting home improvement project into a chore.
As we move further into this transformative year, one thing's clear: Color trends for manufactured homes are shifting toward palettes that not only invigorate the space but also resonate deeply with homeowners' individual styles and preferences. Gone are the days when exterior colors were mere afterthoughts. In 2023, we're seeing an exciting blend of timeless shades and vibrant, eye-catching hues, all aimed at turning heads and sparking joy.
Your home is your castle, but remember, castles don’t stand alone in manufactured home communities. Your color choices, while personal, contribute to the collective aesthetic in a balance of individual expression and collective harmony. Before making a final choice, it's wise to check if there are any community guidelines or color restrictions, ensuring your dream hue is also a neighbor-friendly one.
For those fortunate enough to reside in one of MCM’s communities, rest assured that you're already ahead of the curve. Known for their keen attention to aesthetic details, MCM communities are welcoming homes where style and color are always in season.