You’ve built your dream home and now it’s time to decorate. Interior design professionals will give you all sorts of advice and “rules” to follow. However, rules are subjective when it comes to personal decor. Your home should be a comfortable space that makes you happy.
That said, if you aren’t sure what your “style” is or you just want a new look, consider these interior design tips for your modular home.
Interior Design Tips for Your Modular Home
Begin with these simple steps when it comes to designing your home’s interior.
1. Pinpoint your style.
The first step in interior design is to pick a style. This should be pretty easy. Which modular home floor plan did you start with? Was it a Cape Cod, a Victorian, or something more contemporary? You likely chose a style of home that matches your tastes in decor. For instance, if you built a Victorian-style home, you might lean toward the Arts & Crafts era furniture rather than modern art and chrome furniture.
2. Choose your colors.
One of the more personal choices you will make when decorating your modular home is your colors. Should you paint the trim white or go with natural wood colors? Did you install hardwoods or carpets? What color should you paint the walls? Many of these interior design choices were made when you customized your modular home floor plan. It is not necessary to have the same color in every room, but the colors in the home should follow a theme. In particular, you should keep the same color trim throughout the house, including a finished basement.
3. Look for ways to make a statement.
Even the most neutral decor can be made exciting with a few simple statement pieces. Pair bright, bold colors and patterns with muted tones to catch the eye. Statement furniture, artwork, throw pillows, etc. go a long way in adding pops of personality.
4. Keep it uniquely you.
Much like the style of your clothing, your home’s interior design is a reflection of you. Make sure you allow it to capture who you are what you love. Are you a homebody, an adventurer, or a partier? Do you love bright colors and fun patterns, or are you more reserved and simple? Don’t be afraid to make your home unique instead of simply following the “trends.”
5. Consider resale value.
If you are positive this is your forever home, go crazy with customization. However, if you plan to resell in a few years, you may want to review which upgrades increase the resale value of your home. Fortunately, most personal decor won’t affect the resale value, but the physical layout is a little more difficult to change.
Trying to Keep Things Simple?
One of the more popular interior decorating styles for modular homes is ‘traditional.’ It works well with all kinds of architecture and floor plans. Traditional decorating is calm, orderly, and predictable. In other words, it screams comfort.
The greatest thing about traditional homes is that they work well with all types of decor as long as you tie them together. This means you don’t have to go out and buy all new furniture. Instead, it will look right and proper for there to be a mix of colors and styles.
Elements of a Traditional Modular Home
Looking to keep things simple and traditional? Keep the following concepts in mind when decorating your modular home.
A traditional room usually features upholstered furniture with soft edges and lots of pillows. For an extra homey touch, drape the afghan your grandmother crocheted over the back of your favorite armchair. Buy a few throw pillows in similar colors and put them on the couch. That way if the armchair and couch don’t match, you can tie them together with the accessories.
Pair furniture and center it in the room. Separate two armchairs with a small side table and angle them toward the television or the fireplace. Make the seating arrangements so that people face one another or the focal point of the room. The sofa will directly face or sit perpendicular to the fireplace and a bed will back up to the center of the longest bedroom wall.
Fabrics in a traditional room are generally florals, plain colors, muted plaids, or have small all-over patterns. Color in a traditional room is often in the mid-ranges of tone. Use the lightest color on the walls and darker colors for upholstery and flooring.
Some Final Advice from Joel Comino at Next Modular
“One of the biggest trends in modern design is the open floor plan. However, it’s interesting to note that the floor plans on our site that get the most “likes” are the ones that have been professionally decorated, regardless of layout. The truth is that any modular home will look great if you take the time to decorate it well. The most important thing is to select a floor plan that meets the needs of your family.
People ask me what I would recommend in the way of upgrades on a modular home. Personal preference should always come first. However, I usually suggest adding taller interior ceilings because it makes your home feel bigger. That feeling of extra space makes it easier to resell later.
The important thing before you start adding upgrades is to get the size and style of home you want. You can always upgrade to laminate flooring and granite countertops later, but it’s not as easy to add on extra square footage or change the layout of your home.”
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At Next Modular, we know that choosing a home is likely one of the most important financial decisions you will make. As an experienced modular home builder, we are committed to being your guiding light throughout this process. If you need a modular home built near Goshen, Indiana, or if you have any further questions regarding resale value, call us today.