There’s a reason your kitchen (probably) doesn’t have avocado green appliances anymore. Interior decor trends change over time, sometimes as dramatically as going from the sleek, mid-century modern lines of the 60s to the bright shag carpeting of the 70s. And just like home interiors, RV interiors change to keep pace with modern trends, moving away from the old and into the new, until the old becomes new again.
In 2020, we’ve updated all our RVs to reflect current design trends. For instance, we’ve moved toward lighter cabinets and finishes in the kitchens, helping give the space a bright, airy, residential feel. Gone are the blonde and reddish woods that were trendy in previous years. Now we’re leaning toward cooler tones, like greyed and whitewashed wood stains, which helps give the space a peaceful, minimalist feel.
[Caption: Lighter and cooler wood tones make the space feel up to date.]
In addition to the wood finishes, we’ve also replaced all our old fixtures with sleeker, more modern options. Design trends have moved away from fixtures with detailing to simpler fixtures with cleaner lines in darker colors. Bye bye, brass. Now, people favor matte blacks, which you’ll see reflected in things like our pendant lamps, cabinet and drawer pulls and sink faucets.
[Matte black fixtures pair well with stainless steel and look great.]
We’ve also ditched the carpet in favor of woven flooring. Not only is it easier to clean, but it’s also anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic, making it friendlier to travelers with allergies and those traveling with pets. It can be a full time job keeping the inside of an RV free from dirt and dust when you’re traveling, and carpet doesn’t help. But to spruce up marine woven flooring, all you have to do is wipe it clean––and because it’s marine-grade, it’s waterproof and quick drying, too. (Don’t worry, it’s still soft on the feet.)
[The woven flooring on the left helps keep slides floors clean while still being comfortable to walk on.]
One important part of design is what you don’t see. When things work smoothly behind the scenes, you may never even notice the design that goes into holding things together. For example, we have continued making our sidewalls with Azdel Composite, a material that’s much lighter than wood, insulates well and resists mildew, rot and physical damage. What looks like just a plain white wall from the inside of the RV is actually working hard at keeping you cool in the heat, warm in the cold, and sleeping peacefully even when there’s noise outside. It’s odor resistant, too, which means last year’s campfires don’t linger in the RV when you air it out at the start of the season.
What’s hard for RV owners to see is just how much time, energy and thought goes into choosing the right designs for our interiors. Like buying a house, we want every RV to feel welcoming to everyone who sees it so they can picture themselves there, but we also need to make sure what we choose can stand up to rigorous travel. At the end of the day, RV decor is just a jumping off point, the blank canvas owners can use to decorate and embellish to make their RV feel like a home away from home.
[The most important part of RV interior design is making you feel right at home.]