My Camper Mocks Me

When I took my training to become a True Color Expert, one of the very first things our teacher, Maria Killam, taught us are the three most important principles about color.

#1. Color is either LIGHT or DARK (also called value).

#2. Color is either WARM ( Red, Yellow, Orange) or COOL ( Blue, Green, lavender).

#3. Color is either CLEAN or DIRTY.

Maria pointed out that when it comes to choosing a color pallet, the latter is where most people go wrong; they mix a clean (bright) color with a dirty (muted) color.  Now to perfectly illustrate this situation, I need to back up a bit.

My husband and I are fortunate to own a beautiful piece of land in the White Mountains of  NH. When we first owned the land we tent camped. At first it was adventurous and kind of fun, but eventually it got to be too much work and even my out-doorsy husband decided  it was time to upgrade to a Camper. Now I know absolutely nothing about Campers. In fact, I had never even been inside a Camper until we started looking for one. To sum up Camper Interior Design, let me just say they are at least 20 years behind the times. Cabinetry is Oak, carpets are Blue or Green and they all have wallpaper. I finally decided to just “get over it” and left the entire Camper purchase up to my husband; after all, anything would be better than another Summer sleeping in a tent. He was so excited when he finally located the make, model and year at the price he wanted to pay.

Now here is where the Clean/Dirty part comes in. Here is the inside of our new (2007) Camper.The sofa is a dirty Olive Green/cream. The fabric on the funky window treatments are also dirty Olive Green, but the wall paper boarder which goes around the ENTIRE Camper is a screaming bright CLEAN Lime Green!



"Clean" wallpaper boarder, "Dirty" fabric

Here is a close up to show exactly what I am talking about. See how the wallpaper boarder is just not working with the more muddy or dirty fabric? They actually seem to fight with one another.



The more time I spend inside the Camper, the more it bothers me. Over the 4th of July holiday the Camper actually started to mock me. That clean wallpaper boarder taunt me and sang, “Nah, Nah…Nah, Nah, Nah!

Can you relate to  my pain?   Me…a certified True Color Expert…enduring the taunts of a wallpaper boarder. For those of you who say, “just take it down” I will share with you what I recently learned. Unlike in a home where design changes can increase the value, any changes made to a Camper DECREASE the value. Since we plan to build a small vacation home on the land and one day sell the Camper, the boarder stays. In the meantime, cream colored slip covers will be my very  next purchase.  Oh, BTW, I have no idea what to say about those funky window treatments.


If your house has a clean dirty fight going on and you would help making peace, give me a call…Camper Designers are you listening?









17 Responses to My Camper Mocks Me
  1. Coley Reply

    This made me laugh! Campers are soo horribly decorated, it’s hilarious. And yes, this is a PERFECT example of clean/dirty.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Coley, and boy are you right! Every Camper we looked at was pretty bad decor wise.

      • Kelly Reply

        Maybe that could be a new area for our color & decorating- Campers! 🙂 Your example was perfect.

  2. Shelley Armella Reply

    Coming from a family that has bought and sold a number of RV’s (incl. campers) replacing the wallpaper border will not devalue yours whatsoever. I would be putting up a ‘dirty’ border ASAP! 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Shelley! I almost emailed you to ask your opinion because I knew you had a Camper. The dealer told us NOT to touch anything but I’m glad to hear otherwise.

  3. Lisa Kawski Reply

    Linda –
    This was so funny! As soon as I scrolled down to the image, I just knew it was going to make me laugh. Great idea to slip cover, and I agree, what kind of treatment is that on those windows? My advice: spend as little time indoors as you can, or only designated for sleeping!
    Great post,

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Lisa…yes, the intention is to only sleep there and spend most of the time hiking, biking and antiquing…still bugs me though!

  4. Maria Killam Reply

    Haha, that is great, and a new border will definitely increase the value!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Only problem is, I don’t like the dirty olive green fabric either. The whole camper is a design nightmare…better than a tent though, better than a tent. 🙂

  5. Shelly Reply

    hilarious! you know why this happened, right? because some color blind man picked out the interiors at the camper factory!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Shelly, I must have said to my husband at least 50 times…”who designs these things?” …hummm, could be a design opportunity as the industry sure needs help.

  6. Kelly Reply

    Which part of NH do you stay? We are in Jackson. Love it! (we sleep in a house) 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      We are on the other side in Lisbon. Lucky you to have a house…we hope to build within the next 5 years or so…off the grid as we are in the wilderness. Incredible views though and great hiking.

  7. Beth Frede Reply

    Linda, excellent post! I agree with everyone who says remove the border. That’s the easiest and least expensive fix. : ) Enjoy!

  8. Beth@UnskinnyBoppy Reply

    HA! This whole post cracks me up! I can totally relate to all of this, since I work in the modular building industry as a designer. Vinyl covered sheetrock with batten strips = my arch nemesis.

    I’m having a hard time seeing how removing that border would decrease the value at all. LOL

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. aAlissa H Reply

    OMG….I was surfing the net as I sit here in my camper @ the lake! I was looking at the fabric and the wallpaper in my camper and was wondering how I could cover the window treatments. BTW my colors in my camper are the same! Sage green carpet and fabric….mint green walpaper!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much for commenting Alissa. Wow, and I thought I was the only one with that ugly color combo. What lake are you near?

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