In the famous mobile home community of Paradise Cove, CA on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean sits a blue and grey mobile home that has been given a colorful Malibu mobile home makeover. The designer used paint in ways we haven’t seen on a vintage single wide mobile home.


The one bedroom, 500 square foot single wide was purchased by Sofie Howard, the owner of an LA-based photography studio Commune Images. The mobile home was transformed with the help of design firm Commune.

Sofie is an avid surfer that had wanted to buy a home in Paradise Cove for as long as she could remember. She mentions in an interview with Dwell that she found the “dinkiest, cheapest, grossest trailer in the park, which needed some love.” The description certainly doesn’t apply to the home now!


The exterior of a Colorful Malibu Mobile Home Makeover

One of the most unique aspects of the home is the exterior paint design.  Lively color choices in sharp angles and accent stripes hints toward a retro vibe.

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The slanted design of the painted metal siding adds just enough.


A privacy fence surrounds the home on one side and is accented with a wooden patchwork style. This home is a true surfer’s paradise. The home has all the modern conveniences needed to catch a few waves and then enjoy a relaxing evening at home. The deck has a small seating area made with handmade MORERA Boxes from Commune, as well as an outdoor shower.


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The painted metal siding is unique and embraces its beach roots.

Interior of the Colorful Malibu Mobile Home Makeover


Limited space required Sofie to utilize multi-purpose furniture such as the custom-built daybeds with storage areas underneath. These beds are perfect for Sofie’s children and visitors to sleep. Natural wood shelving provides plenty of additional storage as well. Sustainable cork flooring is perfect for a beachside bungalow and offsets the deep blue ceiling that’s used throughout the home.

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Commune designer Steven Johanknecht mentioned that with the introduction to the recessed lighting that a white ceiling made the home to ‘apartment like’.

Also, Sofie mentions on Dwell that she “wanted it to still look like a trailer—we didn’t want to pretend it was a house or a McMansion.”

I like that she has embraced the home for what it is. The colorful Malibu mobile home makeover is just that – a mobile home that has been given a colorful makeover. It’s not a mansion and isn’t supposed to be. 

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The home has several designer and high-end pieces in it. A Viking stove and Big Chill refrigerator add convenience and style to the kitchen. The blue cabinetry matches the ceiling color. While the brick backsplash adds an additional color that matches the warm, natural tones of the wood. Above the stove, they added a powder-coated corrugated metal panel which allows for easy cleanup.


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The master bedroom is a beautiful example of simplicity. The room and closet doors carry on the natural styling from the living room shelving and kitchen cabinetry. The crisp white walls act as a perfect canvas for all the great artwork throughout the home.

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A small office is niched out of a corner and more handmade, natural shelving is used.

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Why We Love This Colorful Malibu Mobile Home Makeover

This colorful Malibu mobile home makeover is a great example of using white on the walls to let the light bounce around to open up the space.

The bright blues pair well with the white walls, adding a good deal of traditional hues that tone down the area well. The natural wood shelving and cork flooring balances the bright blue ceiling and makes it all work together, without one thing overpowering the space.

The metal siding painted in such a unique, yet simple, design proves the designer of this colorful Malibu mobile home makeover is a master of interior design and art.


The best lesson we can all take from this colorful Malibu mobile home makeover is that we can go with an unusual color on our ceilings as long as we use other places to balance and calm the color so that it doesn’t overpower.

Here’s another Paradise Cove home we love, Million Dollar Mobile Home: Enchanting Pink Beach Cottage.

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