Our rolling home for the next 3 months
A last minute Camper Van Transformation on a Budget? Yes, we are heading towards Portugal in 4 weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! I have always travelled so far away but always overlooked the European. Also, with my efforts to reduce plane travel, a road trip to Southern Europe to escape German winter, just seems like the right thing to do.
Since we are saving every dime for the travels itself, we are not keen to spend 1000€ on a full van renovation. But in saying that, we do not need a full on expensive makeover. The bus is old, but has a lot of charm! Still, we want it to be super comfy since we might be spending a lot of time in the van! So I went shopping and came back with some handy tipps.
You definitely do not have to be an interior expert nor do you need a lot of money. And in this post I show you all the details of our Camper Van Transformation with 150€ tops.
Why should your van be super cozy?
Won’t spend all the time outside anyways? That would be the ideal idea, but I know that we will be driving down to France, Spain and Portugal during winter. And there will surely be rainy days that we spend in the van. I want us to feel happy in our cozy cave especially when we cannot really go or want to be outside due to bad weather.
4 Ways for a Camper Van Transformation on a Budget
How do you go about your Campervan Transformation on a Budget and where do you start? Look at at as it was your house. And it will considering you living in it for a couple of months like we do.
- Color: Pick a color of your liking. I recommend using a subtle color, that is timeless and not too out there. Perfect are grey, browns, and soft pastel tones. This color will be your dominant color that sets the vibe for your van. All other accessories or colored items you choose around your main color. Our camper had lots of different fabric patterns which created a lot of noise. So I went for a light warm brown as the main color. Adjacent colors we used were taupe, darker whites shades, a touch of black. In general, I recommend using warm colors as it adds a lot of coziness.
- Fabric: I am talking covers, cushions, curtains, towels. Fabric makes everything homely. We added sofa covers, pillows, blankets, and fitting towels in the same color scheme. We did not change the curtains as we ran out of time to change those.
- Lighting: Just as in your house, lighting sets the mood in your camper van too. We are lucky since our camper has top, bottom and back windows that let in a lot of light. But I love to add some extra string or fairy lights for a warm touch and for darker days. I recommend some handy magnetic string lights that stick to metal and even to the outside of the car.
- Emotional pieces: photos, wall hangers, makramees, dream catchers. Select those wisely, only pick your favorite pieces. With small spaces you do not to overload the place with decorations.
- Plants: Best case is, the plants serve more than one purpose because space is sparse in the camper. Therefore we only added herbs meaning plants we can actually eat too. They are easy to grow and they look nice. We will hang them since it might get a bit rough during driving. And the last thing you want is all the earth splattered around the camper.
So here are the final photos of our van! I would love to hear what you think or send me inspiration of what you have done to your van to glam it all up!