How to Decorate a Static Caravan

GUEST POST | Us British love our decorating. Our sheds, under-the-stairs cupboards and garages are bursting with tins of paint, brushes, and decorating tools because we can’t stop painting, wallpapering and tiling our spaces, whether that’s our homes, our gardens, or our caravans. 

Wait, what? Caravans? Yes, even caravans can be decorated. Caravans may be smaller than the average house, but there’s no reason why you can’t spend as much time dreaming up design ideas as you would for your bricks and mortar home. So, if you’ve been looking at static caravans for sale and found one that caught your eye, but it needs a bit of a makeover, you can still go ahead and purchase it because below are a few tips on how to decorate a static caravan. 


Yes, you can use wallpaper in a static caravan. The even better news is that, because you won’t need nearly as much as you would if you were wallpapering a whole house, you can buy fancier, more expensive wallpaper to give your caravan a luxury feel without breaking the bank. Before you get carried away, though, wallpapering a caravan isn’t quite as straight-forward as wallpapering walls in a house. A caravan’s walls won’t be completely straight (although if you live in a period property, you’ll be used to wonky walls!) and there’ll be nooks and crannies you’ll need to take your time over to get a good finish. But with a bit of patience and attention to detail, your caravan can have beautifully wallpapered walls, whether that’s in the living room, bedroom, or kitchen.

Use Light Colours
If you’ve just read the above bit about wallpapering, it might be too late to recommend you use light colours in your caravan, and you’re already in Homebase buying the busiest jungle-themed wallpaper you can find. On the assumption you are still here, although obviously your own style, personality, and preferences will dictate to a certain extent how you decorate your static caravan, because of the compact nature of caravans, light colours will be better. Light, neutral colours such as white, cream, or pastels will help your static caravan feel bigger and give it a lighter, brighter and airier ambience.

Mirrors aren’t decorating, I hear you say. Oh, yes, they are! Mirrors are essential when making any decor decisions, especially when you’re decorating a small space such as a static caravan. Place mirrors cleverly around your static caravan to utilise the sun coming through the windows and the mirrors will bounce light around your (neutrally coloured) walls, giving the illusion of more space.

Of course, there are many more ways to decorate a static caravan, and there are probably entire books on the subject. However, if you don’t want to spend too much time revamping your van, the tips above will breathe some life into your caravan, making it fresh, light and airy and a joy to stay in whether you live in a static caravan permanently or you spend a few weekends a year in one.

How would you decorate your caravan?

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