Hitting the Road Again? How to Rev Up Your RV in Style

RV driving down highway

Summer is here and that means one thing: ROAD TRIP!!!

With June being National Camping Month and states reopening after the long winter and spring of COVID-19, it’s a great time to hit the highway. And a great excuse to renovate the RV. Whether you’re rolling in a vintage Airstream, custom Sprinter van, 5-wheeler, or converted Partridge Family-style bus, here are some easy and flat-out kickass ways to update and makeover your mobile motor home on wheels … with gas money to spare.

Paint Over the Past

Refresh that boring brown or beige RV interior with bright white and bold color. With a little sand paper and elbow grease, your existing laminated particleboard cupboards will look like a breath of fresh air once you give them a coat or two of new paint. Let nature be your palette!

2 In Select American Hardwood Blinds in RV bedroom
Can’t stop dreaming about this beautiful rolling bedroom! Designed by RV reno experts Jed and Katey Wiley of Stagecoach Detail & Design, you won’t be able to wait to pull off the road for the night and climb in. The bold blue-and-white theme is artfully accented by our 2″ Select American Hardwood blinds and the homey touches sweet dreams are made of.

Get a Foothold with New Flooring

Pull up that peeling kitchen tile or matted and moldy old carpet and put down new, road rugged vinyl or wood laminate planks. Throw in a colorful area rug to brighten up and separate small living spaces.

Lighten Up the Look of Windows & Doors

Mini blinds have long been the standard for RV windows, but if it’s time to replace those old, cracked, cheap plastic slats, try all-aluminum minis in shiny new colors. New solar shades or blackout cellular shades are also a great choice to reduce road glare and to keep out prying eyes at the campsite. Consider motorized blinds for your motor home, too, so you can adjust incoming light without taking your eyes off the road. Need more ideas? Check out our RV Window Covering Buying Guide.

Barn door in RV
Here’s some more inspo from our friends @stagecoachdetaildesign. Ditch the old bi-fold doors in your RV and save space with a sliding barn door. And try more non-traditional window coverings for your travels, like these Premiere Woven Woods (lined, of course, for more privacy and light control at night).

What About the Walls?

Treat your walls on wheels just like the ones at home. Paint them over in a contrasting color to complement your new cabinetry. Turn a small space into an eye-catching accent with a bold, patterned wallpaper. Recover them with shiplap (real or wallpaper!) or repurposed/reclaimed wood, which makes a great headboard in the bunk area. Add inexpensive peel and stick subway or glass tiles in the head or behind the kitchen sink for an updated backsplash.

RV kitchen with subway tile
We love following professional RV dweller Cassidy on @couchinthecorner, and how she brightened up her RV’s tiny corner kitchen with press-on subway tile. If you look closely, you can see the Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller blinds she replaced the original bulky box valance with under the cabinets to let in more light and make the space look bigger.

Pull Out All the Stops

Even tiny touches like unique cabinet pulls can make a BIG difference in your RV’s decor without putting a big dent in the budget. Change out your old standard pulls with new ones that express your personality on galley cabinets, desk drawers, closet doors and storage cubbies. They make great hooks for towels, outerwear and the dog’s leash, too.

Leave the Light On

Light up mobile living spaces or set the mood with fun, fresh new wall sconces, generator-saving, under cabinet LED lighting, or sleek new track lighting, like this:

Interior of renovated vintage Airstream RV
Office space by day, dinner with a view at night. The updated interior of this vintage Airstream has it all: original aluminum walls accented with bold, fresh color; sleek, modern track lighting and a cozy throw on the updated flooring. Photo: Blog.RVShare.com

Who says you can’t roll on down the highway in style without breaking the budget? Happy trails!