Hi, Well, if you live in a hot climate, or it gets very hot in summer,
lighter colors will help somewhat to reduce cooling costs, and make it
easier to cool versus darker colors.
Usually in this case then, White will be the default color, with
virtually any shade of color to compliment it for the trim. Since you
mention a marzipan skirting, perhaps a very pale pastel complimentary
color would go well. It will probably help if you can bring home paint
swatches, and find a "family" of complimentary colors to go well with
I don't think you've mentioned if either a metal, or board clad home
(I'm assuming Board), but do read the cans well, so that you know you'll
have a suitable paint for your application.
Glosses, or Semi-Glosses will generally look very cheesy, so I'd sugest
going with all flat paints. You shouldn't need a primer, unless you are
installing fresh, new pieces.
Lastly, the better your prep, the better the final results, and I cannot
stress this enough with mobile homes. This is generally where most of
the work is, is in the prep before painting. Make sure to do a thorough
job with scraping, wire brushing, caulking, sanding, masking,etc. Your
efforts here will give you then the best looking finished job.
If you have any doubts about roof issues, such as repairs, coatings,
etc, it would probably be wise to attend to this first, rather than
after painting. Mark
I'd go for white with a dark trim/shutter color -- like black, dark blue,
or burgundy, or dark green. Or perhaps a sandstone/beige sort of color
with a darker earthtone for the shutters/trim. Colors may look good on a
paint chip but totally tacky when applied to the whole house. It's nice to
see someone fix up their home. Nothing wrong with a mobile home. I had a
friend who bought one for $1000 that had a nasty interior. He painted the
outside and gutted the interior: installed new paneling, carpet, new
kitchen cabinetry, etc.. Looked brand new afterwards. He only pays like
$200 a month for rent on the space, with no mortgage on the mobile at all.
So for $200 a month, he has a nice home with a yard and a workshop. He'd
have no yard or workshop if he rented a crappy apartment.