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7 Must Have Items For A Photogenic Campervan

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We believe that designing a camper van interior that feels like a tiny home is an important part of long term van life. After a long day of exploring, wouldn’t you want to come back to a home that felt inviting and relaxing?

In our van, we mad efforts into making our vehicle feel like an actual home. From our kitchen backsplash selection, to our rugs, and even lighting, many of our choices have helped 

In this article, I will share with you 7 of our best ideas that help to transform your adventure vehicle into a photogenic camper van.

These items have not only helped our home look better, but they’ve also been really practical during our van life adventure.

Let’s get to it!

1. Kitchen Backsplash

Adding kitchen backsplash is a great way to make your van interior picture-perfect!

It presents a wonderful opportunity for adding a splash of color to space. This is especially useful if you have white walls, as it provides depth and transforms your camper into a comfortable living space instead of just a recreational vehicle.

Stick and peel kitchen backsplash is a great option for a camper van interior because it is way more lightweight than the regular tiles, easy to install, requiring no special tools or adhesives, and it can be removed easily if desired. The adhesive backing makes it easy to adhere to any surface, and it is resistant to moisture and heat. This makes it perfect for use in a camper van kitchen, where it may be subjected to splashes of water and high levels of heat.  It comes in a variety of styles and colors making it easy to find one that suits any design aesthetic.

Best Tile Alternative
Moroccan Style Peel and Stick Wallpaper
$34.99 ($1.14 / Sq Ft)

It's lightweight, easy to install & clean. Remarkable durability, which we've proven over the last four years of extensive use in our van.

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09/16/2023 02:21 pm GMT

2. Accent Rugs

The addition of a floor rug in your van interior is a small change that can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your space. It’s incredible how something as simple as a rug can add a pop of color, create uniqueness, and transform your van into an Instagram-worthy home on wheels. Not only do rugs provide warmth and texture to your floors, but they also serve as a visual centerpiece that brings all design elements together.

A rug instantly creates a relaxing and cozy vibe, making your van a welcoming haven for you and your loved ones to enjoy. No matter if you choose a bold, statement piece or a subtle, neutral pattern, a rug is an essential element that can elevate the style and comfort of your van.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of discovering a true treasure during your travels. Our journey through Mexico opened up a world of colorful and expertly crafted Mexican wool rugs that left them completely enamored.

For our camper van interior, we have opted for a neutral color scheme, with just a few carefully chosen accent pieces that truly stand out. This way, we can incorporate all the vibrant, handmade rugs they’ve collected from artisans across Mexico. By taking the time to surround themselves with beautiful objects and memories, this adventurer has truly made every moment of their journey worthwhile.

Also Read: Creating A Color Scheme For Your Camper Van Interior

Mexican Wool Rug - Traditional Style

Mexican Wool Rug - Modern Style

3. Blackout Curtains


100% Blackout Curtain is a highly valuable item for your photogenic camper van. It serves a significant role in separating the living space from the front part of the van, where the driving seat resides. This ensures that your photo captures the homely and inviting ambiance of your camper van without including any unwanted structures or colors.

Additionally, the curtains offer excellent privacy and function as extra insulation to keep the van warm during colder temperatures and cool in hotter weather. While it may not be the fanciest item on this list, the Blackout Curtain is an essential accessory for anyone looking to elevate the look and functionality of their camper van.


100% Blackout Curtain
  • Comes in 2 panels per package.
  • Blackout effect keep out the sunlight and uv ray.
  • Noise Reducing
  • Machine washable
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09/16/2023 05:15 pm GMT

4. pillows and throws

Throw cushions in a camper van

Throw pillows are a fantastic way to add color, texture, and style to your camper van interior. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, so you can easily find the perfect accent for your décor. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing for photoshoot, but they are also functional as they provide additional comfort and support when sitting or lounging on a sofa or bed, making them perfect for relaxation spaces.

They can also provide a quick and affordable way to update the look of a van interior without having to completely redecorate. With so many options available, throw pillows are an easy and versatile addition to any interior decoration.

My Top Interior Pick
Modern & Luxurious Throw Pillow Covers (4 Pack)
$54.00 ($13.50 / Count)

Thoughtfully designed throw pillows are some of the best ways to decorate the inside of a camper van. We like that the colors of these pillows are more muted and delicate, which helps to simplify the interior design.

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5. Gold Wire Board

Display space offers a place to showcase treasured possessions and memories, such as family photos or artwork, and adds a touch of personality to a room.

Stunning Camper Van Interior - Sliding Door

This gold wire board can be a decorative element in and of itself, such as a stylish bookshelf or a unique art installation. In our case it was perfect for storage and organization, keeping clutter at bay while keeping items easily accessible. Also, it creates a sense of visual interest and depth within a van interior, making it more visually appealing and enjoyable to spend time in.

6. fairy lights

Fairly lights have the power to add a touch of magic and enchantment to even the simplest moments. They transform any space into a cozy and inviting atmosphere that helps create unforgettable memories. The soft and subtle glow emanating from these tiny lights can capture the essence of romance, intimacy, and warmth, making them ideal for any photo-op or intimate gathering. Their versatility can turn camper van interior spaces into unique and functional settings, creating a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Fairy Lights

Their simultaneous functionality, efficiency, and aesthetic beauty are some of the reasons why fairy lights are a must-have addition to camper van interior. With LED technology, they consume less power, ensuring that the magic lasts for a long time. There are no limits to where you can incorporate fairy lights; all you need is imagination and creativity!

Fairy String Lights
$14.59 ($0.22 / Foot)

66ft length and 200 warm white LED lights. They are USB-powered, remote-controlled, and weatherproof. 

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09/16/2023 12:28 pm GMT

7. Handmade baskets

Organic Baskets

Add an organic touch to your Instagram-worthy camper van interior photos by incorporating unique, handcrafted pieces. Our handmade rattan basket is not only a practical storage solution for tea bags and diffuser oils, but it also adds a touch of natural beauty to your van’s interior.

The contrast of organic shapes against the predominantly rectangular design of most camper vans will really make your photos pop. Organic elements help bring harmony and a sense of tranquility to your van, making it an even more inviting and peaceful place to be.

Handmade Woven Basket

Handcrafted 9-inch rattan round baskets are durable and perfect for organizing small items or as a stylish décor piece.

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Thanks For Reading Our Tip For A Photogenic Campervan!

We hope you enjoyed reading our 7 items for a photogenic camper van.

Interior decoration is just as important in a camper van as it is in a traditional home. In fact, the importance may even be greater because of the limited space available in a camper van.

Not only being able to capture an insta-worthy van interior photo, a well-decorated interior adds personality to the space that make the space feel more comfortable, inviting, and functional. It can also make a long journey more enjoyable and less stressful by providing a relaxing and personalized environment.

As always, if you feel there are any other product ideas that we didn’t include that should make this list, please let us know!

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Thank You For Reading!

We’re Yuko and Eric! We both grew up in Asia ( Japan & Hong Kong ), we left our jobs and homes in 2018 and started traveling full time from Canada to Argentina in our self-converted camper van since end of May 2019. “Asobo” means “Let’s play” in Japanese. We named our site “Asobolife” because the life is always uncertain and we live only once so it’s important to always keep positive, playful mind and enjoy the moment you are in the present. We also want to use this website to share our road trip and van building experiences to inspire our readers. We hope you enjoy!

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