Dreaming of a modern RV interior, but not quite ready to give up your current model? You’re definitely not alone, because let’s face it – standard RV decor can feel a bit impersonal.
If you can’t stop looking at Pinterest boards featuring modern RV decor, here’s some great news — you can freshen up your RV using simple do it yourself (DIY) techniques.
When your RV is in need of an update, these DIY RV projects fit the bill. Here’s how to update an RV interior DIY-style.
1. Decorate the Walls
One of the easiest ways to update to modern RV decor is also the simplest: Hang some art on the walls. Best of all, this DIY RV project doesn’t have to be expensive. Consider the following ideas for a fresh style:
- Maps: Whether it’s a country-wide map that shows everywhere you’ve been or an in-depth drawing of your favourite campground, maps just feel natural in an RV. Hang them with tape strips, or create an accent wall by using several maps as wallpaper.
- Photos: Print pix from your travels to create a gallery of fun times.
- Pennants: Celebrate your favorite sports teams and cities with colourful pennants.
- Postcards: Grab a postcard everywhere you visit to create a display of memories.
2. Freshen Up with Paint
Tired of beige walls and fake wood finishes? Why not bring your RV into the current age by painting it a light, neutral color. Not only will your interior space look larger, your RV will feel fresh and modern.
Just make sure you prep surfaces, use the right kind of paint and brushes, and wait for the paint to fully cure. Consider using primer, as well.
3. Add Pops of Color
In a small space like an RV, too many bright colours can feel overwhelming. But a few pops of brilliance in the right places can go a long way toward creating a modern RV interior.
Consider using just one or two complementary colours in select applications, such as a blanket, throw pillows, small rugs or curtains.
4. Peel and Stick
Not ready for the commitment of paint? Peel and stick wall paper makes it easy to switch out your design on a whim. Today’s wallpaper is like a large sticker — no messy glue required.
Simply measure, cut to size and stick on the wall (or table or cabinets). When you want a change, just peel it off. Best of all, there are so many patterns and colours available that the hardest part of this DIY RV update is choosing the paper!
5. Add Lighting
Additional lighting will give your camper that soft, inviting glow. Think a string of fairy lights, touch LEDs, or even solar lanterns. Choose bulbs with a warm tone for that cozy feeling.
6. Install a Modern Sofa Bed
This DIY RV project is perfect for vans and small campers that have that classic U-shape seating area. Replacing the old bench seat with a pull-out sofa bed will not only modernize your RV decor, but add more sleeping options.
Pro-tip: It may be easier to build the sofa bed inside the camper, rather than building it outside then moving it in. The finished product may not fit through the camper door!
7. Brighten the Bathroom
Updating the bathroom instantly makes your RV feel more modern and fresh. Start with a new shower curtain (you may have to cut it down or fold it to make it fit). Throw in a new rug, soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.
Add a “new floor” or backsplash using peel and stick tiles. They’re lightweight, don’t require thinset or grout, and can be removed when you’re ready for another change.
8. Swap Out Window Treatments
RV window treatments are usually among the first features to look dated, and blinds that come with the camper tend to break easily. Luckily, you can switch up window treatments without too much effort using.
So pull out the sewing machine and choose some modern fabric. You can also craft new curtains using no-sew fabric tape and clip-on rings.
9. Replace Flooring
If it’s time for that worn-down carpet or linoleum to go, you’ve got plenty of modern flooring options. Consider:
- Peel and stick floor tiles: Low-cost, easy to install, removable
- Vinyl tiles, sheets or planks: Water resistant and durable
- Carpet: Dampens sound and should last up to eight years
- Laminate flooring: Easy to install (but may not sustain water damage)
- Hardwood: Adds weight to your camper, but looks great
10. Cover Your Countertops
If you’re tired of your dated counters but don’t want to invest in new ones, consider peel and stick countertops. This material is similar to stick-on floor and wall tiles, but comes in thin layers to cover counters.
Choose from a wide variety of finishes, such as marble, granite, butcher block and more. The key to success lies in careful, precise measurements, so take your time with this DIY RV endeavour.
The DIY & RV lifestyles just go together – so get going on your next project and take it on the road!
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