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How to Decorate the Inside of a Camper

Anyone who frequently goes on camping trips knows that a camper easily becomes a home away from home. Instead of staying in a bland, generic, impersonal structure, putting a personal touch on your camper makes sense.

With a little decorating, your camper will become a home away from home.

Anyone who frequently goes on camping trips knows that a camper easily becomes a home away from home.  Instead of staying in a bland, generic, impersonal structure, putting a personal touch on your camper makes sense. With a little work and dedication, it isn't difficult to add some magic to the inside of your camper and make it a place that's special to you. 

    An object or building can provide a starting point for your decorating theme.
  1. Decide on a stylistic theme in which you're going to decorate the camper. A theme can be a style of decor, such as nautical, retro or rustic. You could also decorate based on a color scheme. Often, inspiration can come from a simple object; for example, a favorite Van Gogh painting may lead to a design concept for your camper. Look at the world around you for colors or patterns you like.
  2. While dark green is a bold choice, feel free to paint the camper walls as you wish.
  3. Begin with basic changes to the surfaces of the camper once you've decided on your theme. Paint the interior walls with colors that complement your theme. For example, a retro theme might look great with clean white walls and maybe a mint green accent wall. It's imperative to keep the floors practical, since the camper's main purpose is outdoor fun. To continue with a retro theme, black and white tile would be easy to clean, yet reflect the classic look.
  4. A tile backsplash near the stove and sink is a great touch for a retro style camper.
  5. Focus on making changes to other major parts of the camper once the major surface changes are complete. Resurface or paint the cabinets, change out countertops or tabletops, or add a backsplash. Remember your theme. For instance, wood paneling might look great with a nautical theme, while a tile backsplash will jazz up any color scheme.
  6. Throw pillows are an easy way to add some color and excitement.
  7. Add new patterns and textures with textiles. Adorn the windows with curtains that match your theme. Use cushion covers (or make your own) to turn a boring bench or bed into a eye-catching piece of furniture. Finally, toss on some decorative pillows for added color and texture. Explore different fabrics and find something that adds some excitement to the camper's interior.
  8. A painting can tie together the colors of the camper and make a beautiful finishing touch.
  9. Add a few pieces of art or other accessories for the finishing touches. A retro camper isn't complete without a diner-style clock, while a quaint, cottage-style camper may benefit from some tea cups. Remember, since a camper is rattled and jostled around when in transit, it's better to refrain from easily breakable decorations or expensive objects.

About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.