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Are White Walls A Good Idea For A Camper Van Interior?

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Living full time in a van can present unique challenges compared to living in a traditional home. Due to the limited space in camper van interiors, creating a feeling of openness can be a difficult task. Our objective was to overcome this challenge by designing a living space that truly feels like home, despite the vehicle’s limitations. 

In this post, we prioritized the color of the walls, by explaining why lighter the color is better, recognizing that it plays a significant role in shaping the entire atmosphere of the interior.

White walls make van interior look bigger

Convertible Campervan Bed

Living in a van presents unique challenges due to the confined space, especially when sharing it with another person. Comfort and roominess are essential in such situations, which is why I opted for a light and airy interior design.

White colors lend a sense of spaciousness and reflect more light, creating an illusion of depth. As a result, the room looks and feels more spacious than it actually is. 

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White Walls make the room lighter

Tallest interior height - ford transit camper van

The interior of a camper van may often feel cramped and dim when all the doors and windows are closed.

With a simple change to white walls, your space will instantly feel more open and illuminated, even with minimal light sources. The high reflectivity of white color ensures that light bounces around the room, evenly distributing it throughout your camper. Not only will this brighten your space, it will give it a more inviting and spacious feel.

This is especially perfect for vehicles like Ford Transit or Sprinter, which offer the ability to open the sliding and backdoor wide open, maximizing the natural light source. White walls gives a brighter and airier feel to them even with a minimum source of lights, as the light reflects off the walls and illuminates the space. 

White Wall Is Perfect For Photoshoot

Van Life For Women - Campervan Interior Backdoor

Are you thinking of starting a van lifestyle social media account? Believe it or not, you have the perfect backdrop right in your vehicle!

Choose white walls for a timeless and classic look in your photos. These walls reflect light perfectly, giving you the opportunity to use natural light for your shoots. Not only does this make the process simpler, but it also enhances the mood and atmosphere of your photos.

They also give you a clean and simple background, highlighting the subject matter in your photographs beautifully. By using white walls, you’ll be able to create a range of moods with ease, from natural to moody and dramatic. 

What Walls Make Interior decoration is fun & easy

Camper Van Interior - Back Benches & Bed
Wood figures decorating our campervan interior

Choosing white walls as the foundation of your camper van interior is the perfect for both beginner or expert of interior decoration. White walls serve as a blank canvas for your imagination to run wild, allowing you to add unique elements that reflect your personal style.

For example, if you’re traveling in Mexico, the vibrant, colorful arts and crafts are hard to resist, and it is a great opportunity to add some personality and color to your surroundings!

Not only are white walls timeless and versatile, but they also promote a sense of purity and simplicity. They work well with both bold and muted color schemes, enabling you to create a bright and uplifting atmosphere that sets the perfect ambiance for you. 

Learn More: 7 Must Have Items To Create A Photogenic Camper Van Interior

Pick your white wisely

Ok, so perhaps you have decided to go with white for your interior wall color.

When selecting a white interior wall color, it may come as a surprise that there are a multitude of shades of white paint available. It can be overwhelming standing in front of a paint swatch wall, contemplating which shade is best suited for your needs.

Be mindful of avoiding colors that appear to be a pure white on the sample paper but ultimately result in a pale and cold feeling on the walls. Instead, you might want to consider whites that incorporate a slight hue of colors such as yellow, red, or green, depending on your preference to create a more natural and warm white on the walls.

Yellow Toned Whites
In our case, we purchased  several samples of different whites and we then narrowed our selection down to 4 choices. We then purchased those sample paints and painted the whites onto a leftover piece of plywood so we could see the different whites side-by-side.
White Paint Test

After considering several colors, we ultimately decided on “Twinkling Lights”. Although the color swatch appeared as a cream white, it appears to be a more standard white on the walls of our camper van.

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Selecting The White Paint Finish

The shiner the finish, the more stain resistant.

When choosing the paint finish for the interiors of a van, selecting a rougher paint seems like the logical choice for low-traffic areas. However, white walls in a van can easily display dirt and grime. A Semi-Gloss finish, such as BEHR PREMIUM PLUS, is a great alternative for walls and cabinets in a van. This type of finish is durable and provides a smooth, shiny surface that is easier to clean. It is an ideal solution for a van’s high-traffic areas.

Source: Home Depot

The glossier the finish, the more stain resistant the paint is. Most of the stains that we’ve incurred in our van are usually quite easy to wipe off with a wet cloth.

choosing White Walls For Our Camper Van Interior

After 4 years traveling and living in our van full time, we still love the design of our van interior.

After 2 Year of Van Life

We confidently enjoy spending extended periods of time inside our van as we never feel confined or uncomfortable. The unique layout of our van without a permanent bed provides a proper living space that enhances our comfort immensely.

Additionally, selecting the right combination of colors for the interior design of our van has a significant impact on our mood and overall camper van life experience. We are proud to have created an interior design that perfectly reflects our personality and lifestyle.

Was This Interior Design Article Helpful? We have other useful posts to help you design your own stunning camper van interior. Check out our Interior Design page to read more great content!

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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