A new topic of conversation has recently popped up in my house, and it’s trailers. It’s so funny how creative energy works, isn’t it? Like, you start a DIY project (or two) and suddenly, you have ideas for a zillion more.
Well, in our case, starting to work on our house (and especially finishing our pantry) has spawned abundant ideas for both myself and Dustin, and his latest has been Airstreams.
He’s now dreaming and scheming to someday find a run-down vintage trailer to fix up and see a bunch of national parks in, which honestly sounds fine to me as long as it’s nice and has a shower.
We’re keeping the Airstream dream alive while filing it solidly in the “someday” pile, but visiting the Vintage Trailer Show in Palm Springs as a part of Modernism Week gave us so much inspiration that I thought it only fitting that I share some of the most inspiring vintage trailers we saw.
I organized them into general ideas for you, but overall, get ready for some seriously funky, fun, colorful trailer ideas:
Sticking to a Color Scheme
To be honest, I find this step super intimidating because it feels like so much commitment, but I saw it all over the place at the trailer show (and around Modernism Week generally).
Picking a color scheme and sticking to it gives this sense of cohesion to your room or your trailer. By balancing neutrals with pops of the same tone, it keeps everything unified.
So many of these trailers did this to great success, even matching the outside and the inside. I think in SUCH a small space, it really helps to keep it feeling edited. In my house, though? I don’t think I could do it—I was also inspired at Modernism week to mix colors and patterns in fun and interesting ways.
Either way, it was a good reminder not to fear color!
Keep it Clean and Simple
The trailers that we visited that were full of stuff or had old, dull finishes felt absolutely cramped and tiny. The trailers with clean, modern, shiny finishes and without clutter? They felt like somewhere I could actually live for a week or two.
It was such a good lesson, especially if you live in a small space—cut the clutter and keep it clean, it will feel much bigger.
This trailer was my absolute favorite, with the pretty mint green tones repeated all around and the shiny wood tone making the space feel so clean and bright.
Making Use of Outdoor Space
When it comes to trailer time, chances are good that you’re not in it to spend time in the actual trailer. Part of the appeal of having a camper trailer is that you can take it wherever you want—so you can see that place!
So, a crucial part of these trailers was the outdoor space. Most of them had a shade sail set up with a couple of chairs underneath, but one even had an outdoor shower!
As we near spring, I am so inspired to get to work on creating not just a nice patio, but a true outdoor living room that can be an extension of our home. (Keep track of my ideas on Pinterest until it warms up enough for us to get to work!)
Vintage Trailer Ideas
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of vintage trailer ideas as much as we loved the show. Even if you’re not a camper fan, there’s nowhere else where you can check out so many different decor ideas at once! If one swings through your town, I encourage you to go!
Do you love the vintage trailer idea as much as we do, or does it sound like living in a tin can? Let us know over on Instagram!