Mid-Century Modern Mobile Home Decor Ideas

Mid-century modern is one of today’s most popular decorating styles and for good reason, it’s beautiful and perfect for small spaces, especially smaller mobile homes.

We’ll cover some great ideas for a mid-century modern home and share a beautiful 1965 mobile home with the iconic style.

Defining the Mid-Century Modern Style

Wikipedia defines mid-century modern as an architectural movement that used an unique style of functional but organically clean lines, open floor plans, and large windows to open up indoor spaces and allowed the outdoors to play a more prominent role in the design. Mid-century modern is also used to describe furniture, decor, and even graphic designs that are focused on clean lines and bold profiles.

The mid-Century style was born between 1933-1965 but designs from the 1950’s are especially significant.  After the horrors of WWII, the country was ready to move forward and they did so in a magnificently stylish way. It was an era that dreamed of space travel and futuristic technology and those desires transcended onto cars, mobile homes, furniture, and clothes.

Mid-Century Modern Mobile Home Decorating Ideas

Sleek lines, retro colors, and high function is the epitome of mid-century modern and perfect for a mobile or manufactured home.

 Color Palette

A notable feature in mid-century modern homes is using a neutral color base and adding colorful decor and furnishings.

Light colors such as white, cream, or light grey are a perfect choice for a mid-century style mobile home. The lighter colors make an object feel farther away from you and helps rooms feel more spacious because it bounces light so well.

Bold colors like greens, teals and oranges are also popular in mid-century modern decor. Below is a mid-century modern paint palette featured on the blog M is for Make:

mid century modern paint palette 2

Furniture 

Mid-century modern furniture and decor are best described as sleek and bold. Attention to detail and function are also important aspects of the style. Iconic mid-century styled furniture and decor is easy to spot. Just look for clean lines, soft curves and tapered legs!

The image below from Remodelaholic provides several great examples of the style:

Mid-Century-Modern furniture examples

You don’t need to buy an entire room of furniture to get the mid-century modern look. One or two focal points can completely change the look of your room!

Thrift stores and garage sales are the best source for affordable mid-century modern furniture and decor. Craigslist and Ebay are other great sources. You don’t have to buy secondhand to get the look though. You can find affordable furniture in lots of places online such as Ikea, Wayfair, and Dot and Bo.

Decor

Simplicity is a big factor in the mid-century modern style. Choosing a few select pieces of decor can help you completely change the look of your room.

 

Apartment Therapy shares step-by-step instructions so you can make your own burst clock for less than $30 here. 

A Beautiful Mess shares how to DIY a burst mirror on the cheap here. 

Geometric Patterns 

Another important design aspect for mid-century modern style is bold, geometric patterns. You can create an accent wall with wallpaper or frame some great retro prints.

You can also use paint to create your own mid-century style walls. RetroRenovation.com shares a tutorial on creating the Fransician Starburst pattern below with sponges and cardstock. 

hand-painted-franciscan-starburst-wall-design

Framing affordable print reproductions is a great way to introduce mid-century style into your home. You can find the print below on Tumblr. 

mid-century prints

1965 Mid-Century Modern Mobile Home 

This 1965 mobile home has a great mid-century modern appeal. The large windows brings in lots of light that bounces around the white walls. The furniture and decor create a perfect mid-century color palette and the furniture has lots of curves.

beautiful mid-century mobile home living room

beautiful mid-century living room in updated mobile home

Retro Kitchen Design in Updated Mobile Home

bedroom 3 in updated mid-century mobile home in Palm Springs

 

Palm Springs mid-century style mobile home bathroom inspiration

The exterior of this mobile home resembles the post and beam construction so relevant to the mid-century style.

Exterior of retro modern Mobile Home

This home is for sale and you can read more about it on Trulia.com. Thanks to Steven S. for finding and sharing it with me!

mobile home inspiration retro style

There are lots of great websites you can learn more about the mid-century modern style:

Thank you so much for reading Mobile Home Living!

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  2. Patricia Differding says

    Hi Crystal, Your blog is a treasure trove of information and ideas! I recently retired and bought a 30 year Trophy trailer with roof-over and lanai for an affordable winter residence. Since running across this blog I’ve been reading it daily and can’t wait to start making it a home! Thanks for all of your work and that of the folks who generously share their photos and ideas for the blog. Pat

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Patricia! Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you like MHL and it’s helpful to you! Maybe I can talk you into letting me share your home after you get moved in and setup? I’d love too!

      1. Patricia Differding says

        Hi Crystal, It could be awhile before it’s presentable, but sure, happy to share if you think others would be interested. Thanks for all that you do. Happy 4th!
        Pat

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  4. david says

    Im restoring a 1959 Road-liner 50 x 10 1 bath and one and a half bathrooms!
    Im doing a Youngstown kitchen and trying to preserve whats left to preserve
    There are a few very respectable 55 plus Parks in Palm Springs Its awesome if your in to vintage trailers and face it
    “If it don’t have wheels under it, I don’t call it home”
    can I post picks of the restoring?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi David! I would love to feature your Roadliner! Just send me the images whenever you want. I can’t wait to see it!

      I’m a big fan of the Youngstown kitchens and wanted to make sure you saw this booklet. It’s about 10 pages of nothing but Youngstown products and features. Here’s the link – definitely check it out! https://archive.org/stream/YoungstownKitchens#page/n1/mode/2up

  5. David izenman says

    Hi Crystal
    I am the person who owns this MCM and I believe I sent you a picture of it as I was restoring it. It looks like it was designed by Wexler who did a lot of early Palm Springs. The first day I listed it I had a full price offer (I knew I should have listed it for more) well, if fell out of escrow and is back on the market. It’s also in the best part of So PS the Twin Palms area. Thank you for featuring my home on your website

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thanks for letting us know David! I’m sure it will go quick!

  6. Esther Sunday says

    Happy New year, Crystal, and thanks for all your hard work! As I mentioned before, I live in a stick house but secretly obsess about having a single wide (the older the better) that I could make over! Love, Esther

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Happy New Year Esther! Thank you so much for your kindness! I appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment!

      Thank you so much for your support!

  7. Mo says

    The trulia link doesn’t seem to work
    What a extreemly cool house!!
    Thanks again for your blog!!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thanks for letting me know Mo! I’ll go fix it now!

      It is a great home – wait till you see all the pictures!

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