What’s better than a stunning, cross country caravan trip? That’s right, a stunning, cross country caravan tip in a freshly renovated caravan. If, like many Australians, your caravan is your pride and joy, then you’re probably always looking for small ways to make improvements. Whether you own a brand new caravan or the ultimate second hand ‘fixer-upper’, it’s never a bad time to think about renovating.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five fantastic caravan renovation tips. It doesn’t matter if you’re simply contemplating a fresh coat of paint and a new colour scheme or thinking about a complete overhaul to ‘pimp’ your ride, these caravan renovation tips will help you create the caravan of your dreams!
#1. Preparation makes perfect
Renovating your caravan is extremely rewarding, but it isn’t always easy. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. Planning ahead is crucial to ensure your renovations go smoothly. The first thing to consider when renovating your caravan is your budget. It’s great to have a dream caravan in mind, but it’s less fun when you discover that dream caravan is going to blow your budget. As such, it’s important to weigh up all your dream features against what you can realistically afford.
It’s also important to budget your time as well as your money, as caravan renovations can often take longer than anticipated, while delays are inevitable. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get everything done! Finally, it’s important to ensure your caravan is structurally and mechanically sound before undertaking any renovations. For a comprehensive list of things to look for, check out our handy guide to buying a caravan for the first time.
#2. Make a lasting first impression
First impressions matter. That’s why it’s important your caravan looks the part inside and out. Your caravan’s exterior is a chance to make a statement and leave a lasting impression that people won’t soon forget. This can be as simple as giving your caravan a wash and a polish, or you can go all out and accessorise your caravan’s exterior with brand new wheels and an eye-catching paint job. Whatever exterior style you ultimately settle on, what’s most important is that your caravan stands out among the crowd!
#3. Home away from home
Depending on how much time you spend in your caravan, it can become like a second home. This is especially true if you often go caravanning with your family. That’s why it’s important to make your caravan feel like home sweet home, by adding a few personal touches.
Of course, home can mean different things to different people, but a few caravan renovation tips to make your caravan feel more homey include: installing new lighting features, adding indoor plants, redecorating the caravan’s kitchen, and installing new curtains to both make a statement and increase natural light in the caravan.
While rules can be helpful when renovating, what’s most important is following your heart and not being afraid to add a few personal flourishes. Trust us, you’ll feel right at home!
#4. Colour me impressed!
Picking the perfect colour scheme can be the difference between a masterpiece and a disaster. It’s easy to think that your caravan’s colour scheme simply means a fresh paint job, but that isn’t necessarily true. Rather, every appliance, accessory, and knick knack can dictate your caravan’s overarching colour scheme, so choose carefully.
When making new purchases for your caravan, it’s important to consider: will this new item complement the overall colour scheme you’re going for? For a crisp, visually engaging colour scheme, considering using various shades of the same colour, supplemented by a variety of interesting textures and patterns.
#5. Out with the old
Let’s face it, unless your caravan is brand new, it’s likely to have a few ‘vintage’ features (and not in the good, quirky way). So, as part of your ultimate caravan makeover, it’s time to say out with the old and in with the new. Replacing older features will vary depending on the caravan, but commonly, this means replacing old doors and flooring, as well as upgrading outdated appliances, and reupholstering well-loved surfaces.
Additionally, a fresh coat of paint never goes astray. This can be as simple as freshening up any white surfaces that are suffering from wear and tear. A crisp, bright white surfaces can make your caravan look brand new, while also making other colourful parts of your caravan really pop! You’ll be amazed by just how much difference a few shiny, modern touches can make.
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