Jeff Flowers on April 3, 2015 25 Comments Congratulations on your decision to hit the open road! Whether you have already secured your recreational vehicle or are still considering your options, chances are that it will take some work to make it feel like your own. Like home. Especially if you are traveling for long periods of time, you want your dwelling on wheels to possess all the home-like comforts you’ve come to appreciate. As such, there are a few things that you should consider implementing that can help make your RV feel less like a vehicle and more like home. Make it a Reflection of Your Life One of the major distinguishing factors between a house and a home is that in a home individuals should feel welcomed the moment they walk in. They should feel as if they belong. By the same token, an RV should be a representation of all those who live in it. Whether it just you and your spouse or your entire family sharing the space, you should all take the time to come together and collectively decide how the RV should be decorated. This could prove to be a fun bonding activity before hitting the road. If you have areas sectioned off for each individual you should allow them to personalize their personal space. Or maybe you leave it as a blank canvas and decorate it with mementos you’ve collected throughout your journey. Whatever path you decide to follow, you’ll definitely want to try to accommodate all reasonable requests from everyone along for the ride. Decorating As with any new room, decorating is the perfect way to make the space feel like it belongs to you. With the common color schemes and layouts that most RVs share, you may want to add different touches to make it unique to your personal style and preferences. A few options you can consider in personalizing your RV include: Lighting: Switching out or adding different lighting (LED lights are softer than fluorescents and more energy efficient), fixtures and handles. Add Pops of Color: Add rugs, curtains and other pops of color to the different areas of the home; it helps change the aesthetics of the room as well as differentiate the different areas (i.e. make a clear distinction between the kitchen and the dining area). Make it Personable: From family photos, to your children’s artwork or just painting the walls a different color, not only will this make your RV feel more welcoming, more like a home. Add Plants & Flowers Consider adding a couple of houseplants. Not only have they been proven to improve your indoor air quality, but they also add to the cozy ambiance that transforms your RV into your home. Besides the obvious examples above, there are many ways to decorate your RV. When deciding upon the décor, there are a few other things that you will want to keep in mind. Since your RV is a small living space, if you plan on painting the walls, it’s wise to consider not only what colors you like, but also what shades are most versatile. If at any point you want to change or alternate your décor, having neutral or natural colors can be very helpful. Also, certain colors can help to set certain moods or open up the space. For example, the color orange encourages positivity and creativity, while blue promotes positivity and is a common color for accent walls because it helps make your small space appear larger. Along with colors, you can also utilize different patterns to liven up different areas of the camper and distinguish certain areas. Another great way to make your RV feel like home is to place different elements and pieces from your home in it. Whether it is your dishware, a statue or a few throw pillows from the couch, these small touches can make a big difference in your day-to-day comfort. Also, just as you would bring souvenirs home from a trip, you can also select specific items along your journey to decorate your RV. Add Essential Appliances Making the transition from a home to an RV doesn’t mean you have to give up the luxuries that many of your home appliances provide you. There are a wide range of appliances designed for an RV that you should consider adding to make your day-to-day adventure easier. Let’s use laundry as an example. It’s one of those never-ending chores that we all have to do. You may think that doing the laundry in your RV would be a difficult task, yet there are many ways you easily complete this chore. The recommended method is to purchase a washer/dryer combo that is able to both wash and dry your clothes in one machine, yet is still compact enough to fit snugly in your RV. You can also use public laundromats or simply hand-wash and line-dry, but neither of those methods are as convenient as using an on-board appliance that can do the same task at a push of the button. Feng Shui and Other Ways Though there may not be too many items that you can move around in the RV, you should make sure that the things that you put in place create an enjoyable and functional space for everyone to enjoy. In this effort, storage bags and containers are your friends. Buy yourself some containers of different sizes. This allows you to clear the clutter and store them in a few different places around the camper. As you go about your travels chances are that you will be collecting and acquiring a lot of new items. Therefore, you will want to periodic purges to avoid massive clutter. Incorporating the five elements of feng shui—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—may help set the mood and energy within your RV. Each element represents a different “kind” of energy and if you’re a believer of feng shui, you can replicate that same energy by integrating these elements into your RV. A Place of Your Own If it’s possible, we’d recommend that each individual on the RV should have an area that is all their own. Even in an enclosed area such as an RV, creating personal space is important, especially for developing children and teenagers. If you do have children with you, work with them to select and create their personal space. If it is just you and your partner, you should still designate your own personal areas. Depending upon how large your RV is, it can be a larger or a smaller area, or it can be designated to different individuals at certain times. It could be as simple as a certain chair when you are reading or a section of the van when the child is doing homework. Whichever way you choose to do it, the point would be to create some kind of boundary or understood agreement that this time and space is dedicated to that individual enjoying time with themselves. Switch it Up Every now and then you want to shake up the monotony and change your décor. You might even consider redecorating as the seasons change and various holidays approach. You do not have to start from scratch or do a complete overhaul of your RV, unless you really want to. If you select versatile pieces, colors and patterns then you can interchange different elements quite easily. For example, a common pattern that is found in most homes is an array of fruit. This is because it is a versatile pattern that can stand alone or be added to for certain holidays/events, such as Christmas. Consider patterns such as that, or natural colors, such as beige, yellow, sky blue or forest green. As your home on the road, you will be spending quite a bit of time on your RV. Therefore, it is a healthy investment to make it feel cozy, comfortable and all your own. Any of the aforementioned options can help transform the common features into a customized space for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Just make sure that you incorporate elements from all parties and that you take your time and enjoy the process together in making it your home away from home.