Making your home away from home amazing
If you're in love with the freedom, adventure and comfort that comes with owning a caravan, chances are you're looking to add your own personal touch to your holidaymaking. Whether you're the proud owner of a static or towed caravan, there are loads of things you can do to spruce up their interiors, maximising space, minimising disruption from travel and ensuring it's comfy and homely in equal measure!
Static or towed?
Decorating a static caravan is a little easier than brightening up one that goes on the road, as they're usually bigger, sturdier and understandably don't experience bumps, jolts and vibrations. If you're the kind of person that likes to have a big canvas on which to decorate, a static caravan will be right up your alley.
Towed caravans can be made to look beautiful as well, of course, but you need to make sure that anything that could possibly come loose during sharp braking, speed bumps or uneven terrain is battened down. Maximising space is also a bigger concern, but we’ve got some ideas to make it look more spacious for you.
Whatever your skill level or decoration needs, these easy ideas are a breeze.
Regular decoration makes sense
Just as you do when you move into a new house, things like painting and putting up new wallpaper are key when putting your stamp on the space. Use colours that are tried and tested at opening up a room, such as neutral white and grey tones; pastel shades like mint green, peach and aqua; and stronger yellows, blue-greens and dark blues.
Whatever you do, don't go for overbearing choices such as dark shades, overly bright colours or busy patterns – they'll just make the caravan look smaller than it is – and make sure you cover the floor in a sheet and open the doors and windows while you're decorating to get rid of any nasty smells.
Art by the people you love
Whether you're a parent or grandparent, it can be lovely to have your caravan's interior filled with pictures by your kids (as well as being a great activity to keep them busy if the Great British Drizzle strikes!). Whether they're crafted from crayons, paints or seashells found on the shore, it can be a lovely alternative to regular pics.
Curtains matter in caravan parks, so ditch the out-of-date drapes and invest in thin blackout curtains or blinds, preferably in a light and airy colour that doesn't give the impression the walls are closing in on the space.
Don't forget the floor, either! Most caravans are fitted with hard-wearing carpets or linoleum which aren't always that soft to the touch, so a lovely rug can make all the difference if you're looking to make your caravan more homely. If you're really lacking space, they're also the perfect way to add a big dollop of character or make a statement.
Lighting that works
While we'd all love to have caravans filled with candelabras, if you weren't already aware, caravan space is at a premium! Instead of big bulbs, glass shades and so forth, invest in LED light bulbs that are set into the ceiling and storage areas. These will look cool and contemporary, save you money on energy and make your interior look neat, tidy and modern too.
Use an illusion
Low ceilings can make a room feel a lot smaller than it actually is, but by hanging your pictures or artwork higher on a wall, you can draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of a bigger space.
Requiring a fair amount of effort and funds, these ideas are tougher to pull off, but will make your caravan one-of-a-kind!
This is important for all caravans, as while you'll have more space in a static than you do with a towed, you'll still need to be savvy when sorting storage. In the bedroom, install cupboards directly above the headboard against the wall and ceiling or below the bed. The same is true for the other zones in the caravan – the space between the wall and ceiling is a prime spot for all things storage-related.
If you love dining with your family but don't have a lot of space for a dining table, think about making or getting hold of one that folds down from the wall, such as this design from We R at home. The same trick can be used for bedding too, especially important if you regularly have lots of people staying in your caravan but don't want to turn the living room into a fully-fledged bedroom.
Replace the ceiling
If you're looking to really push the boundaries with your caravan décor and go for a super-modern ceiling solution, you could replace your boring old caravan ceiling with smart glass. This amazing material becomes opaque with a flick of a switch, meaning you could block out the sun and have privacy during the day, and enjoy amazing views of the rural night sky at bedtime!
A top tip to make your caravan look larger is to place large mirrors behind furniture. If you get hold of one that's the same width as the piece of furniture you are placing it behind, it will give it a sense of purpose and focus in the room. Placing a large mirror behind a light source can also hugely boost light levels, and whether it's opposite a lamp or a window, it can have a beautiful effect on the rest of the space.
However you choose to decorate your caravan, there are loads of ways you can put a special stamp on it. Don't have one yet? Click here to take a look at our range of caravans, many of which are covered by our limited-period Blue Cross Sale!