Part IV: Tips for Your Campervan’s Decor!
This is the fourth in a series about our own campervan conversion. We’ll talk about the reasons we made the choices we did, pros and cons of decisions, and hopefully provide some advice for your own adventure!
When you get your camper all finished up with the practicalities in place, it can look rather functional. But now it’s a blank slate on which to paint your personality! We have some tips here for how to decorate your camper safely for the road, as well as examples for what we did.
One primary canvas for your decor is your cabinets, shelves, and drawers. If you have gone this route, they are blank slates of wood that can easily be painted upon. While some may like the plain, rustic look, we wanted to add more color.
A good thing here is that you don’t have to have any artistic ability. Even though I (Ashley) am an artist, we opted for buying stencils at a local hobby and crafts shop. Using the paints I already had, I added the decoration. Our primary campervan colors were blues, oranges, and yellows. So I went with aqua and bronze paint.
To help “pretty up” the ends of the shelves, we had bought many “back splash” stickers from a craft store. We used these a few places in the camper to bring color and design, as well as on the ends of each shelf.
We had a few adventurous posters we liked, so we took them out of their frames and taped them to the walls. These included a map of Middle-Earth, a map from our Thread of Souls book series, and art of the tower of Barad-dur. Yes.
We also didn’t like the wiring you could see all along the top of the van’s interior. So we wrapped them in plastic vines and leaves to give a wilderness feel to the whole thing. Overall we added a lot of decor here and there in order to add personality, color, and a travel vibe to the entire thing.
Here is a simple overview of where we added decor:
- We tied Celtic shawls on the back of our seats (my ancestry)
- We hung up a dream catcher
- We twisted plastic vines and leaves all around the wiring in the cargo section
- We added stick-on back splash tiles to the ends of the shelves, the sink, and on some parts of the walls
- We used stencils to add paint onto the cabinets and shelving
- We taped up some posters
- We used stick-on mirrors for the walls
- We hung a single travel decor sign
- We placed a few stick-on wood-style tiling to the walls for some variations
Part I: Choosing Your Camper
Part 2: Walls, Floors, & Utilities
Part 3: Storage & Shelving