More and more people are realising that there are so many ways to convert a campervan and there is no reason it has to look like every other melamine-faced, grey carpet-lined campervan or motorhome out there! But even if you do have a standard conversion, there are lots of campervan accessories out there and ways to ‘Quirkify’ to your own unique style! Incidentally, yes I am aware that quirkify is not actually a word, but can you think of a better adjective?
So, in no particular order, here are my top tips illustrated by Quirky’s stunning collection of campers…
Tip one – Soft furnishings
There is a very specific look to motorhome or caravan upholstery – you know the kind with the insipid colours and vague floral pattern. Believe it or not, these fabrics are not mandatory – there are in fact loads of colours, patterns and fabrics out there to choose from! Obviously you will need to select something that is hard-wearing and suitable for upholstery (no silk and nothing too stretchy for instance) but that leaves you with plenty of options from mustard cord to zebra print. Check out the stunning vintage floral fabric in Asha:
It’s definitely something you can do yourself with the right skills, but if you don’t know your bobbin from your zipper foot, leave it to the professionals.
Something people often miss as a great quirking opportunity are the front seats, which are generally dull and sometimes just downright tatty. A bright colour or some contrasting piping (as in the example below) can really bring your campervan to life. Check out Catupholstery for Bristol-based campervan upholstery.
Curtains vs blinds is one of the campervan-design conundrums. I like curtains because there is very little to go wrong with them, they give it a more homely look and also help with general warmth/insulation. These geometric print curtains in Mo, go perfectly with her skandi-style yellow and grey interior.
For the final touches to your beauty, you can use beautiful throws and scatter cushions, like this delicious selection in Bumblebee…
Choose what you love, but do be sure to have a unifying theme or it will end up looking like a jumble sale!
Tip 2 – Splashbacks
There are so many ways to create a beautiful splashback, and we have been blown away by the creativity of the Quirky Campers owners. You don’t need to find something specifically made for campervans, just make sure that whatever you’re attaching them to is flat enough and strong enough to hold them.
Cleopatra’s exquisite handmade tiles perfectly complement her carved wood and copper kitchen, and how did they find those amazing cups to match?
How’s this for inspired? Dave’s splashback is a piece of etched, patinated copper, topped with scrabble pieces!
Priscilla’s splashback is recycled from an old oil tank giving it a sense of history and a unique rustic look.
Tip 3 – Exterior decoration
We obviously cannot talk about exteriors without sharing this stunning external paint job on Saffiyah, executed by the very talen ted Peaceful Progress. Stealth van she ain’t, but if you like to stand out from the crowd then this will certainly do the job.
We love vans that are sprayed in bright, bold colours, like the glorious golden Maya.
However, even if you can’t afford a respray, you can jazz up the outside with some decal stickers – these are very affordable, easy to apply (and remove if required), long-lasting and come in endless colours and designs… Aren’t
Tip 4 – Windows
Perhaps you already have windows in your van but want to add a ‘feature’ window, maybe you have a panel van with no windows at all. Again, this is a frequently overlooked chance to add your own unique touch to your conversion. Whether it be a washing machine door (take your time to find a lovely round one) a la Bella…
Hamish’s porthole windows look like two eyes…
Check out Magic Mike’s incredible ‘cut-out’ window, allowing you to fling open the back doors whilst retaining some privacy
Windows like this are great fun to look out of and seriously eye catching to passers-by.
Tip 5 – paint
Why is it so rare to find a campervan with a beautiful colour scheme? We have no idea! You might be getting the gist now, but as with everything else there is no need to be limited by what you typically see on the inside of a camper. As with a home interior, paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to give your van a totally unique look or totally change the look when the mood takes you!
I’m in love with Honeybee’s bright a fresh combination of turquoise and yellow…
Agnes’ blue-painted tongue and groove gives her a wonderfully calm feel and beautifully sets off her douglas fir carpentry.
If you’re a dab hand with a paint brush, why not add a mural or some lovely details to the interior of your van like the lovely Ashleigh. Ashleigh’s leaf theme is picked up throughout their conversion and gives her a distinctive look.
Tip 6 – kitchen equipment
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make a splash is to choose beautiful crockery and kitchen equipment. Take a gander at Finn’s ceramic porridge pot and elegant kettle.
Maya’s owners came up with this ingenious idea for a herb/spice rack – the lids are stuck on and you just twist the jar. Very practical, especially in a van, and looks fab (especially with the hand-drawn labels).
Tip 7 – Decorations
From the truly quirky portrait of Prince Charles in Hector…
To Luna’s beer mat decoupaged fridge
to Finn’s elegant flower holders
Have a rummage in a car boot or a cheeky peek in a charity shop to see what unusual gems you can find… Have fun quirkifying!
Check us out on Pinterest.com/quirkycampers for more quirkspiration!