We spend so much of our lives customizing and tweaking the abodes we call home. So it just makes sense to do the same to our home on wheels.
Decorating your RV living space isn’t just for fun–it’s healthy. Creating a comfortable environment results in a more relaxing, stress-free travel experience. RVing should be fun and easy, which is why designing a custom RV interior is part of the excitement and joy of the RV lifestyle. It’s not difficult or necessarily time-consuming to add some personal touches to your RV. With a few small modifications, your rolling home will reflect who you are.
Let’s take a look at some of the trendiest interior design styles and how to do them in an RV.
Scandinavian style is a minimalistic, nature-inspired kind of interior design expressive of the northern European countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. The long dark winters in this region encourage residents to make their home cozy and inviting–a feeling referred to as “hygge,” in Danish. Add hygge elements to your RV with neutral earth tones like fir green, sandy beige, and snow white. Layer in textures with soft, chunky knit throws and natural woven rugs. Add in elements of nature with wood paneling and accents. Light candles and brew yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea and soon you’ll be transported to your personal Nordic cabin.
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The styles of a mountain cabin will feel at home on an RV that frequents elevation, like trips to the Rockies or the Blue Ridge. Make your RV into your own cabin getaway by adding cozy touches like flannel blankets, wood accents, and woodland animal decor. Add wall hooks made of horseshoes or other accents you might find salvaged from a barn or cabin. Outfit your kitchen with over-the-fire staples like cast iron pans and a cowboy kettle.
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Wood paneling, shiplap, country florals, and farmhouse check are all patterns and textures reflective of a countryside aesthetic. Traditional style furniture sets the foundation to build and layer country decoration. Hit a rural flea market for inspiration. Pick up tea towels to use as kitchen curtains. Use hand-woven baskets for extra storage. Search for vintage tins and kitchen items that can be functional and charming out on display. Add wall art of pastoral prints to finish off your bucolic rolling home.
No doubt about it–beach condos are pricey. What if you could pick up your beach cottage and take it to any coast your heart desires? Park your RV at some of the best beachfront campgrounds and you’ve got yourself the prime real estate without the hefty price tag. If you deck out your RV interior with a coastal vibe you can use your camper as a vacation getaway to sunny shores.
Add custom curtains or window treatments in your RV using light and breezy fabrics. Consider altering interior colors with indigo, blues, teals, whites, and golds. For a challenging DIY project, paint your RV kitchen cabinets white and brighten up the space. Add small touches using seashells, lighthouses, or sailboats. For a more tropical vibe, Palm fronds in vases and coconuts in a woven basket will take you to your island of choice. Soon enough, your RV will be your beachy happy place.
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Bohemian style ( or just Boho) is a reflection of global adventures, nomadic expeditions, and a well-traveled lifestyle–just like your RV and you! Recollect this wanderlust in your interior design using bold colors that bring to mind your favorite destinations–the red cliffs of Sedona, the teal shores of the Gulf Coast, the verdant greens of the Olympic National Forest. Add earthy textures in layers. Use a piece of salvaged driftwood for an entryway coat rack. Decorate with woven wall hangings, wicker, and plants––lots of plants. As you travel around in your RV, hit the antique and vintage markets to find unique collected items that will add to the whimsy of this lived-in interior design style.
The mid-century style of the ’50s and ’60s, with its clean lines and Danish functionality, never goes out of fashion. Low-profile furniture, organic curved shapes, and a simple and functional aesthetic contribute to the midcentury modern look. Pops of vibrant color give a room life and make a statement.
To bring the midcentury modern look into your RV, search for furniture and decor with rounded edges and a retro vibe. Choose 1-3 vibrant accent colors, and add them throughout your RV with pillows, light fixtures, wall art, or a painted statement wall. Think about functionality and design. Accent with natural, unstained wood like teak or walnut. Add in accents of polished chrome. Switch out your light fixtures for bold lighting with rounded bulbs.
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Industrial style is defined by sturdy, yet elegant construction materials. Think mixed metals, glass, stainless steel, and raw Edison bulbs. These unadorned materials are made to take center stage in this contemporary style.
Add an industrial look to your RV with a neutral color palette that includes organic materials mixed with modern amenities. Light your RV with LED lighting and look for metallic accents and modern appliance upgrades to make your RV feel like a brand new apartment.
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How would you define your RV style? Tell us in the comments below, or join the conversation on Camping World’s Instagram.
Find inspiration for more ways to customize your RV interior:
- Easy RV Interior Lighting Updates
- 7 Excellent Ways to Customize Your Camper’s Interior
- How Different Window Treatments Can Transform Your RV’s Interior
- 5 Ways to Personalize Your RV’s Interior