So you bought an older RV, nothing fancy but in real good shape?
The floor plan works well for you, the only thing that turns you off is the old and dated look inside?
You want to update the interior but you don’t know how?
Let’s start super easy with deciding on how to find the right color scheme for your RV/Travel Trailer:
If you have bought an RV up to about 20 / 25 feet long, you definitely want to go light and airy and get rid of all the browns and beiges. Select your favorite color scheme first:
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How to find the right color scheme for your RV/Travel Trailer
Let’s talk Wall Color first
1. Do you like blue?
The following colors look great on the wall especially if you want to keep your wooden cabinet color:
- Coastal Mist by Behr,
- Solar Sail by Sherwin Williams or
- Fresh Water Blue by Glidden.
All of these colors fit well with your medium brown cabinet color, see for yourself .
If you pick a paint, go with satin or semi-gloss finish. This makes it so much easier to wipe dirt down.
I love to use Sherwin Williams paint in my house and in my Camper, but Benjamin Moore or Behr are certainly good paints to use also.
Normally I get a paint with primer included, this will save you one coat of paint.
2. Do you like green?
Wall colors like Misted Mint, Honeyed Mint or GreenWhimsy by Sherwin Williams or a little more yellow like a Pistachio Ice Cream by Glidden will bring light into your camper. Iced green by Benjamin Moore, Softened Green by Sherwin Williams or Lewisville Green by Benjamin Moore also look great with medium brown wood cabinets.
3. Or do you want to go all neutral?
If you are looking for the Farmhouse look and you want to go all neutral, you have to decide on the right white or light greige. A good white is a neutral white (for example Brilliant White form Ralph Lauren), but it all depends on the other colors you are going to choose. Your cabinet color, your floor color, curtains, sofa color you are going to combine to.
But don’t make it too complicated. A good white also is Alabaster from Sherwin Williams if you want to look at this color.
Here are some options from Ralph Lauren paint:
Do you see how they are all going in different color directions? The Brilliant White is the most neutral from this palette.
And they will look all different in different lightings. That is why it is important that you get some swatches and try it out in your Camper.
Here are some more good options:
- Silent White by Behr
- Nebulous White by Sherwin Williams or
- Passive by Sherwin Williams
- Simply White by Benjamin Moore or
- Notre Dame by Valspar.
Do you like grey?
Lighten up the interior with a light grey wall color
If you have dark kitchen cabinets, dark doors and a dark floor and you don’t want to paint them, at least lighten up the walls.
Always get a couple of samples and paint swatches on your walls. Different lighting makes paint look different on each wall.
These light grays are very neutral and look great with whatever accent color you are choosing.
- Sterling White by Sherwin Williams
- Nebulous White by Sherwin Williams
- Silent White by Behr
But of course, there are so many more grays which will look great in your camper.
Let’s talk cabinet and door color
If you are thinking about painting the kitchen cabinets and doors, use Milk Paint. I painted my kitchen at home and all the cabinets in my Travel Trailer without sanding or priming. And it looks so good.
It is no big deal to paint cabinets and it looks so much better afterwards, actually a no-brainer. There are a lot of different colors available, so go check them out.
I used Seagull Grey by General Finishes Milk Paint and absolutely love it. No need to sand or prime before painting and it holds up so good if you use a couple of layers of Top Coat for protection.
Here is the tutorial how to paint: https://colorfuldesigner.com/how-to-paint-camper-walls-and-cabinets/
This is my favorite color ‘Seagull Grey’. A very light grey and very neutral.
You definitely need the Top Coat to protect the paint from scratches, no matter what color you choose.
How to find the right Color Schemes for RV’s bigger than 25 feet
If you bought a pretty big RV with a separate bedroom or with bunk beds, you can also go with 2 wall colors (a different color in the bedroom or nook area). And because you have more space, darker kitchen cabinets will look great.
First decide on a light wall color and then pick the perfect kitchen cabinet color.
One tip: Don’t choose a yellowish beige. This is just an odd wall color which makes it hard to combine with other colors and moreover, a dark yellow sucks all the light in.
More grey choices:
- Teal Ocean by Benjamin Moore,
- Commodore by Sherwin Williams,
- Isle of Pines by Sherwin Williams,
- Blue Peacock by Sherwin Williams.
You can paint the upper and lower cabinets the same color. Or you decide on a darker color for the lower cabinets and a lighter color for the upper ones. Always go lighter on the upper cabinets.
Use an accent color to add some more excitement.
Let’s talk Wallpaper
I love, love, love Wallpaper. If you have a big RV or Travel Trailer then add some texture onto a wall with wallpaper:
Looks great in your bedroom or your dining area and adds so much more atmosphere and coziness.
And putting up wallpaper is not very hard, especially if the pattern is small and you don’t have to cover a huge area, which is normally the case.
If you have never used wallpaper before and you are not sure if it fits to your style, try it out on a small wall. These wallpaper patterns look great on your bathroom door or bedroom door.
5. Faux Shiplap
To add shiplap in your RV is also possible. Use plywood (very light) and liquid nails to add a rustic feel to your Camper. If you have to cover up a wall because it just looks pretty beaten up, faux shiplap is the way to go.
This is an absolute simple and easy DIY project and looks amazing when you are done. Here is the link how to add shiplap easy. https://colorfuldesigner.com/diy-faux-shiplap-for-first-timers/
Do you like it colorful?
If you like a lot of colors and you want to make your Camper look really happy, this is what I did:
- Wall color = light blue
- kitchen cabinets, doors, storage cabinets = Seagull grey Milk Paint
- Accessories: pink, blue, green yellow curtain and sheets
- Rug = pink
Because my camper is pretty small, I kept the walls and cabinets very neutral and light. Staying neutral on the walls and floor allows you to play around with accent colors you like.
And exchanging the colors if you don’t like them anymore is easy. Just add new pillows, a new rug, a new throw and you already created a new look without painting anything.
How to find the right color scheme for your RV or Travel Trailer
Did you decide on your color scheme? Then let’s start. If you have never painted before and you are not sure how to start, here is a fast tutorial:
But stop, before you start with your RV makeover
Before you start, remove the valances from your windows. Valances makes the interior old and dark looking. Take them down, they are held up with a couple of screws. Rather add sun-protectant foil or a real curtain.
If you like curtains install curtain rods and hang them up. You can buy them ready made. No need to sew if you don’t know how.
Are you looking for ideas how to update your RV/Travel Trailer? Here are some of my favorite blog posts, filled with ideas and links for your convenience.
Get the Ebook and know what you are doing
If you are ready to remodel your Camper, now that you see what is possible to make out of a dull brown and beige looking interior, get my Ebook. Everything you need to know is combined and you will know what to do and actually know how to do it. Without searching for answers everywhere. Here are all the answers:
Summary of How to find the right color scheme for your RV/Travel Trailer
Decide on your favorite color and go very light. Try to stay pretty neutral on the walls and the floor so you can add an accent color or wallpaper.
Because RV’s or travel trailers are small, you don’t want to overdo it on colors and decor. Try to keep it simple and basic.
I would love to see your painted RV’s. Send me a picture.
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