RV Painting Ideas: COLORFUL RV Interior Makeovers
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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.
If you're wanting to paint your RV interior but don't want to do the popular all-white look, you've come to the right place for RV paint ideas! In this article, you'll find a round-up of photos of renovated RV interiors painted with bright and bold paint colors to inspire your RV renovation.
RV Color Schemes with Bright Contrasting Colors
To start off this this list of RVs with colorful paint schemes is this camper with purple walls and turquoise cabinets. This camper lives at Flamingo Springs Trailer Resort in Palm Springs, Florida, along with several other renovated vintage campers all available to book as nightly rentals.
Next I'll share one of several RV's in this article that were renovated by brilliant designer Wendy Wise, who is constantly surprising me with how great she makes bold colors look together.
This camper renovated by Simply Living Designers does have white walls, but the cabinets and other woodwork are painted in contrasting shades of turquoise and lime green.
Dan and Lisa Brown, owners of the blog AlwaysOnLiberty.com, chose to paint their walls in bright, colorful shades while leaving their cabinets unpainted. Later they painted the walls back to a neutral color in order trade in their camper at a dealership. (See more RV makeovers with unpainted cabinets here!)
RV's with the Interior Painted All One Color
A look I personally love is where both the walls and cabinets are painted the same bold color, like in this RV with dark green walls, cabinets, and slide trim.
One of my favorite RV interiors of all time is this fifth wheel renovation by @RVentropy which reminds me of a loft apartment with its bright blue walls and cabinets, faux brick wallpaper, faux tin ceiling tiles.
RV's with White Walls and Bright Colored Cabinets
RV's notoriously have a LOT of cabinetry, so painting all of the cabinets a bright color against white walls as a backdrop is a good way to introduce a lot of color to your RV without the RV feeling too dark.
Here's one example. The dark green cabinets with gold curtains give the camper a richness, but the white walls and ceilings reflect the light coming in through the windows so the RV still appears very bright.
In this RV, the cabinets were painted a soothing shade of blue that lends a modern farmhouse vibe.
The owner of this RV chose to paint only the doors of her cabinets bright blue with white cabinet boxes, and I love how it looks.
Vintage campers are especially fun to renovate in bright colors, since they're already so cute!
Pink decor provides the perfect contrast to the bright green cabinets in the photo below.
Another good example of how well pink and green can work together.
RV's with Colorful Walls and White Cabinets
If you're not quite brave enough to paint both your cabinets in a bold color, another look that's a bit easier to pull off is to choose a fun color for the walls but paint the cabinets and trim white. You can see some RV wall paint color ideas below.
The RV in this photo is actually one of the first painted RV interiors I ever saw. It was posted on a blog way back in 2014, before renovating RV's to live in full time was such a trend!
Most people paint their RV interior to make it less brown. Who knew chocolate colored walls could actually look great?
An accent wall doesn't have to be big. Just painting your kitchen backsplash can be enough to add a little color and coordinate with your decor.
RV Interiors with Bold Accent Colors
Maybe you like the light and airy look, but you're just looking to add a pop of color with some fun accents. One way many people do this is to paint the RV interior and most of the cabinets and trim white, but paint some of the cabinets and maybe one wall with an accent color.
An advantage to this approach is that it lets you try out a look without having much to repaint if you end up not liking it. Keep scrolling for some accent cabinet color inspiration!
Don't you love the peel-and-stick tiles on the steps next to those yellow cabinets? You can find some similar ones here.
I'm actually surprised I don't see RV's with red kitchen cabinets more often. It seems like there would be so much potential for cute decor!
I love how the black and white checked curtains and rug and the gray faux brick wallpaper look next to these baby blue cabinets.
Choosing to leave some of the woodwork unpainted gives this RV a rustic feel that works really well with the hunter green.
These bright orange cabinets were a brave choice, but I love them, especially in contrast with the blue velvet sofa. How could you keep from smiling in that kitchen?
The floral wallpaper on that RV fridge is definitely the highlight of this colorful kitchen! Even though most the walls and most of the cabinets in this RV are white, it is still one of the most colorful campers I've ever seen due to all of the vivid decor! You can see more photos of it on the owners' Instagram page.
Gold is a color I had not seen on camper cabinets until I saw this photo, but I love the Mid-Century Modern vibe it lends to this RV.
I always love the look of darker shades of green against natural stained wood, as seen in this RV renovated by Wayland Ventures.
RVs with Black Interiors
Black is a color, right? I just love the richness black gives these RV interiors!
Many people are afraid to renovate a newer RV, but the fifth wheel below renovated by Forge and Trek shows what's possible with some of the newer fifth wheel floor plans.
Choosing a shade of charcoal can be hard, but this one is just about perfect in my mind. I asked for the name of it: “Carbonized” by HGTV Sherwin Williams.
This couple painted their toy hauler's garage interior black to create their office on wheels.
Decorating with black doesn't have to be so serious! Here's another fun and colorful makeover by @WendyWiseSpaces.
On the other hand….this dark fifth wheel with Bohemian decor is just gorgeous. Notice they left some of the walls unpainted!
The interior of this Class C motorhome leaves me literally speechless:
Tips for Picking Your RV Paint Color Scheme
How do people come up with amazing color combinations to use in campers?
One way is to start with a piece of decor that has colors you like, such as a rug, throw pillow, or painting, then to choose colors from it.
You can use a free tool like this one to help pull colors from an image that look good together.
Another option is to google “Color Palette Ideas”, which will bring up lots of combinations other people have already put together.
When you've chosen your colors and are ready to begin your painting project, be sure to read my Complete Guide to Painting Your RV Interior for tips!
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These were just stunning! Someday, I’m going to do this.
So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Great article Ashley! I never thought of red or the eggplant for kitchen colors but boy do I love them!! Too late now but keeping it in mind!
I never would have thought of those colors either! I wish I was braver when it comes to paint colors. That’s why I think it’s helpful to see photos for inspiration! 🙂
Love most combos! Thanks for sharing.