RV owners have taken interior decorating to a whole level making their motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels fun and welcoming. They have from drab to fab in personalization and customizing the look of their RV interior. So let’s add a few of our RV decorating tips into your motorhome or camper to bring in a little interior design and function with pops of creativity and color!
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Having owned two fifth wheels, we’ve taken pimping our home on wheels to new levels. Because RV interiors are typically dark and cave-like, we wanted to lighten and brighten the interior and to inject our own personalities. We’ve theme-decorated which made it even more fun to plan, collect and decorate with our new accessories.
Whether you buy your RV to live in full-time or use as a seasonal camper, there is such a plethora of cool ideas to put color and style that will make it your own. But don’t think you have to rush out and buy a whole bunch of paint and wallpaper to improve your RV. You can simply personalize and brighten it with decorative wall art, accessories, textiles and kitchen counter gadgets.
But sometimes, you just don’t have the creativity or forethought to make it all come together. So I’ve come to help with a few decorating tips to get you started.
RV INTERIORS: 10 Simple and Easy RV Decorating Tips
Yes, girls love them, guys hate them. But hey! Girls win! Pillows are a quick and easy way to insert pops of color into your coach and at the same time, adding a bit of function. Pillows with different patterns and textures, pompoms, fringe and cool trims make great focal points.
I like to change my pillows often so I don’t spend a ton on them. Instead of buying bulky pillows each time I want to change them out, I opt for pillow covers with zippers instead. Being throw pillows are standard sizes, they’re easy to replace for far less than buying the whole pillows themselves. And seriously, who has room to store a bunch of extra pillows anyway?
Look at this adorable set of four lime green and marina blue pillow covers that you can get for the price of one pillow you’d find in a brick and mortar store. Don’t those colors WOW you?
Or, if you own a boat or you just can’t get away from nautical decor, check out these cool set of four nautical pillow covers. And who says you can’t decorate your land yacht in a nautical decor anyway? It’s fun and refreshing!
And, if you love fun geometrical patterns but wish to keep just one color, this set of four yellow and white pillow covers will make your dinette, bed and sofa pop with sunshine and smiles!
If you don’t like any of those colors, you can opt with softer pastels, whites and gray palettes just the same. The point is, pillows are great accents that can be moved around and changed as often as the weather. As you see, cute pillows are one of the easiest of decorating tips because their inexpensive and easy to change around.
Wall Coverings and Decals
We don’t have these in our RV however, we’ve seen several who have put wall coverings or wall decals on their walls. Check out this amazing bright wall mural wall decal that you can install as your bedroom headboard or large space wall to break up the blank space.
Most specially-designed wall decals can be repositioned so if you decide after a year you don’t want them, you can simply remove them carefully. Make certain to follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
Here’s a great vinyl nomadic Adventure Awaits decal that would be perfect for a small wall in your RV or camper! It’s perfect for the adventurous RVers who love to head for the mountains!
There’s also wall decal art that come in inspirational or spiritual phrases. This beautiful Christian biblical verse vinyl decal may be perfect for your family! Again, follow manufacturer’s directions to ensure proper placement and adhesion.
Just because you live in an RV doesn’t negate your feeling of wanting family nearby in the form of photos. Photo frames aren’t just for those family photos though. You can also use these simple decorating tips to incorporate your small art, favorite greeting cards and even post cards of places you’ve traveled.
If you’re looking for a more uniform or simple look, you can pick up inexpensive lightweight plastic frames that can be secured to the wall with Command Strip Velcro or already have easels for table or countertop display.
You’ll want to buy frames where you can pick exactly what color and size you want so you can make your own arrangements. Or, if you want to print photos of yourselves and give them as gifts, why not!?
If you have a magnetized refrigerator front, why not get magnetic 4″x6″ photo frames?! They stay put perfectly during transit.
OH! And if you don’t like the colors? That’s what paint is for! A simple can of spray paint or acrylics can coordinate your frames to your decor.
Greenery and Plants
if you have cats, you know having most houseplants is a no-no. For one, they may be toxic. But also, cats seem to gravitate towards anything they can make a mess out of; either by digging through or knocking them over. And really, who has time to take care of plants anyway; especially when transitioning through several different climates and humidity.
Instead, create your own arrangements or buy them already to be displayed on a table or counter. Check out this stylish four pack artificial mini topiary shrubs!
Do what we did! We bought two small artificial grasses at IKEA for dirt cheap! We also bought little galvanized aluminum bucket planters for them to sit in to give the look of clamming buckets you see on the beach. Also, don’t see the color of pot you want, then personalize it with paint!
If you don’t really have counter or table surface to keep your greenery or faux plants, consider getting small cute wall planters instead and stuff a couple fake succulents inside of each of them. You can attach them to the wall using removable velcro strips.
Placemats or Table Runners
Placemats and table runners are a great way of bringing in pops of color into your motorhome or towable RV. Just like the pillows we mentioned above, placemats or table runners can be purchased pretty cheaply.
We love our set of four PVC woven vinyl placemats that are bright with popping colorful stripes. And, since they’re not fabric, they can be easily wiped off for the next use.
Be aware though, manufacturers may say they are heat-resistant however, I wouldn’t trust to place hot-from-the-oven or hot microwave dishes on them. They still may damage your counter or table surfaces. I always recommend using trivets or pot holders underneath them.
Rugs and Floor Mats
In our Landmark fifth wheel remodeling project, we replaced all of the carpet with vinyl plank flooring. While we totally love it, we felt it still needed a little warmth for our tootsies and our kitties to lay. But also, adding a bit of balance with color to accent our other RV decor features.
I bought a few colorful rag rugs in various colors since our RV is decorated in bright Margaritaville beach theme. It was nice to mix and match them without spending a fortune. And if they get soiled, a simple shake outside and in the washer they go!
On moving days, they also are super easy to fold up and quick to shake out the pet hair or fuzzies that seem to find their way on the floor.
Dishes, Place Settings and Trays
Kitchenwares don’t have to be hidden in drawers and cabinets; especially fun and bright patterns! Dishes, trays, and other kitchenwares can also compliment your colors and theme. A simple red tea kettle can give a splash of color against a dull backsplash.
My red melamine plates stacked vertically in a black metal decorative plate rack can double as decor and easy-grab accessories. The plates are lightweight and unbreakable making them easy and carefree to store on travel days.
And check out that cool limey green olive oil bottle which gives the other colors a pretty pop. You can see how it gives a splash of color in the corner.
But hey, we understand not everyone is into bright colors. Then you can find your own favorite colors and themes that are perfect for your motorhome, fifth wheel or camper travel trailer.
Bottles or Counter Trinkets
We totally get the point of eliminating unnecessary clutter when living in an RV. However, who’s to say you can’t mix fun and function into one? Our RV is our home. So, there are some things I’m not willing to sacrifice or give up just because we live in a rolling home on wheels. We have our dish soap in a cool glass blue bottle with a pour spout to make easier dispensing.
In an RV, because you don’t have much cabinet storage, you may have to leave your coffee maker, air fryer or other useful small appliances out on your RV kitchen counter.
So, that presents a perfect opportunity to select a cool color or style to compliment or even be the focal point of your decor and theme. As you can see, my red air fryer perfectly balances my RV kitchen work area with my red sandwich plates; creating perfect symmetry. Using some of these decorating tips will help customize your own motorhome, fifth wheel or camper.
Interior lighting isn’t just for seeing in the dark. It certainly doesn’t need to be boring. Lamp shades and globes can present cool ambiance that offers ambiance and flair. By simply changing out the light globes on your sconces and pendant lights like we did created a cool focal point! Look at that pop of color!
In the rear of our fifth wheel, we strung up colorful indoor/outdoor patio lights on the back window for some party-fun. And, they make perfect nightlights too!
So, as you see, it doesn’t have to take a whole lot of green in your wallets to personalize and customize the inside of your RV or camper. Remember, you don’t have to change it all at one time. When you’re living in such a small space like RVs, boats and tiny homes, less is more. But even the smallest pops of color will liven up your space and features already installed in your coach.
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