If you’re reading this, you’ve probably recently purchased your first RV and have been hunting down affordable options to make your new abode on wheels feel inviting and homey. Congratulations! This is just the beginning of a beautiful journey. We see in your future, endless open roads, national parks, deserts, mountains, cliffside vistas, beaches and hot springs. It’s going to be a great ride.
Before you take off on your epic journey, embrace the opportunity to really cozy into your space and make it feel like home. It may seem daunting at first, especially if you’re downsizing from a house to motorhome, so we’ve included a few simple tips on how to make the transition a little easier.
Still in the saving, planning and dreaming phases of your RV ambitions? This article is also for you! This information will help you navigate your interior décor budget and assist in sparking your imagination for what is to come.
1. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting
Lighting is a simple and practical way to make a space feel cozy. Try LED lights for your room and kitchen. Bonus – they use 1/10 the power of most bulbs. If you want to go the candle route, we suggest you do! Real candles are ideal for both lighting and to freshen up the scent of your motorhome. Alicia loves Jo Malone London. If you’re nervous about flame candles, try LED ones. They have a similar glow and are 100% safe. Looking for outdoor lighting? Try string lights on your awning.
Staff Pick: We brought the outdoors in with WILD from Urban Outfitters. The bright lemon zest, aloe and cyclamen flower scent is perfect for your Winnebago.
A simple way to make your RV feel like home is to wallpaper your bedroom. This a is cost efficient and super fun way to decorate your space. The supplies – double sided tape and your favorite magazines (Alicia chose Porter Magazine). Rip or cut out images that inspire you and overlap them along the wall. There is no right or wrong way to do this so be creative. Are you an artist? Collect tapestries? Enjoy displaying family photos? Favorite maps? Use them as your wallpaper. There are endless opportunities for what you can display on your walls.
Staff Pick: Afar Magazine, Beside, Wilderness and Kinfolk.
3. Cozy Up Your Space with Pillows and Blankets
It’s unpleasant to be cold, especially in your own home. Extra blankets are a must have in your Winnebago Intent. They’re excellent for late nights by the campfire, early mornings while making coffee and for practical use, in the event your heater malfunctions are you’re unable to hook up to power. And let’s not forget pillows as they make every room feel comfortable and are an easy way to add a pop of color. If you plan on having guests, keep extra bedding around. (Blanket and pillow seen above are currently out of stock.)
Staff Picks: Pendleton Glacier Park Knit Throw, Glacier Park Knit Pillow, Glacier Park Flannel Sheet Set
4. House Plants & Fresh Herbs
If you’re like us, you find that live plants really give a space life and vibrancy. Plants have a myriad of health benefits including increased oxygen and air purification and are known to help reduce cold-related illnesses by 30%. They also smell wonderful so hang them, plant them and keep them in secure spots in your motorhome.
Fresh Herbs are ideal for cooking. Having these in your pantry will remind you of cooking at home while you adapt to your new house on wheels. Alicia keeps rosemary and cilantro in her kitchen at all times.
Staff Picks: Eucalyptus and Basil
5. Invest in a Rug… or Two
Rugs, especially in the kitchen and walkway, are necessary to a RV. It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo RVer or you have a family of six living out of your Motorhome, tracked dirt and mud will always find its way into your house. Invest in a few of these, at least one for the doorway and one for the kitchen, and you’ll spend far less time cleaning leaving more time to enjoy the fresh air. Target and Ikea have excellent and affordable options. Side note, keep warm, fuzzy socks in the glove compartment so you can co-pilot in comfort any time of day.
Staff Picks: Beige Solid Doormat, All Seasons Men’s Socks, Pendleton Woman’s Printed Socks
Check out our video with Alicia Lund on how to make your RV feel like home.