11 Awesome RV Kitchen Ideas

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As more people enjoy spending time in their RVs and on the road, having an interior with the comforts of home is essential. If you were curious about decking out your RV’s kitchen, top-notch appliances, and decorating ideas, you’re in luck. We researched some beautifully executed RV kitchens that will inspire you and have you dreaming about potential culinary adventures. When designing and outfitting an RV’s kitchen, there are so many possibilities, from the wall tile to the refrigerator.

Check out our curated list of modern, tasteful RV kitchens that come with ovens, stoves, counter space, and ample room to cook:

  1. Modern Farmhouse
  2. Cottage Charm
  3. Minimalist Chic
  4. Pre-War Vintage
  5. Teal-riffic
  6. A Touch Of Yellow
  7. Modern Mini
  8. Mid Century Love
  9. Understated Boho
  10. Open Storage Rules
  11. Scandinavian Upstart

Get ready to feast your eyes on these visually stunning, functional RV kitchens; keep reading!

frying pan with organic salmon prepared in inside camper van on campsite in mountains or forest. 11 Awesome RV Kitchen Ideas

Inspiring RV Kitchens

Before you dive into renovating or upgrading an RV kitchen, you’ll need to consider your budget and how much space you are working with first. Know how you will likely use your kitchen and the most important items you’ll want to install. Don’t forget about the layout and how it will impact comfortable navigation of the kitchen and other areas of the RV.

  • Class A RVs are the roomiest, allowing for full-on luxury size kitchens rivaling a home. Plus, a standard-size refrigerator can be squeezed in with little to no problem. 
  • Class B RVs tend to be smaller and don’t have enough room for a lavish spread-out kitchen. Make the best of things with space-saving solutions and a smart layout.
  • Class C RVs are the most compact and don’t allow for much kitchen space. Most likely, you can install a modestly-sized range with 2 to 3 burners, a microwave, and a small refrigerator.

Don’t forget to use color, lighting, storage, and placement to make yourself comfortable when cooking and keep your kitchen organized.

1. Modern Farmhouse

A crisp white color treatment with silver appliances makes this RV kitchen a real treat for the eyes. Note the beautiful wooden open storage that matches the cutting boards, planters and plays off the flooring. Everything looks spacious, airy, and has a minimalist chic that is upscale and functional.

2. Cottage Charm

Step back in time with a vintage-looking RV kitchen, painted in a robin’s egg blue with frilly decorated cabinetry. The stove looks old-school, but that adds to the charm. There is a small sink with a white basin surrounded by beautiful wood counter space. The storage solutions, hanging aprons, and floral accents are the perfect touch.

3. Minimalist Chic

It looks so elegant, sticking to a clean, effective color scheme of black and white. The cabinetry and wall treatment are white, allowing the visible hanging coffee mugs, pot holders, and spices to show off as accents. The wooden countertop unites the black appliances, cabinetry pulls, and the color treatment at the bottom.

4. Pre-War Vintage

The subway tile, 40s style green palette for the cabinetry, and gingham window curtain are pure visual magic. The kitchen in this RV may be short on counter space and bare-bones, but it is well done. The sink has two compartments and enough area for utensils nearby. The stove is modest but leaves enough space for a small spice rack, cutting boards, and a tea kettle.

5. Teal-riffic

A pop of color in the right places can make or break a kitchen. The small kitchen looks clean and open enough because of the white subway tile backsplash and upper-level storage. A teal color treatment for the cabinetry at the bottom adds some visual oomph and downplays the tiny oven and microwave.

6. A Touch Of Yellow

When you don’t feel like overhauling an RV kitchen, work with what’s there and add some color. The wood-style cabinets look outdated, but focusing on open storage for cutlery, spices and adding a cheery color treatment for the wall help balance things out.

7. Modern Mini

Chalkboard paint on the cabinets for messages or lists, a bold design on the backsplash tile, and a visible rack for hanging magazines and books make you feel right at home. The kitchen may be small, but it uses space wisely, with enough room for storage seating nestled next to the stove.

8. Mid Century Love

The Art Deco style wall treatment adjacent to the kitchen jumps out at you visually. Following, the subway tile and crisp white color treatment create a chic, streamlined look. The finishing touches with the basket-style light cover on the ceiling, wood counter, and hanging dowel for open storage are elegant.

9. Understated Boho

Accents with a bohemian chic style are still a big deal for cozy, clever kitchen spaces. Check out the small, colorful floor rug, the ornate black and white backsplash tile, and the bamboo hanging window shade. A simple, clean white color scheme, with black appliances, black accents, and copper tone cabinetry pulls, is refined and sophisticated.

10. Open Storage Rules

Let open storage be the visual star in this RV kitchen, with generous shelving displaying cutting boards, bowls, plates, drinkware, plants, and cookbooks. The ample counter is clean and spacious with minimal items. The lower level of storage is minimalist and painted matte black. 

11. Scandinavian Upstart

Take inspiration from Nordic lands with a modern, cozy style kitchen. Check out the honeycomb tile, warm floor rug, and tasteful wood counters, and hanging shelves. The matte color treatment for the storage at the bottom blends seamlessly with the appliances and makes the upper part of the kitchen shine.

What Should I Put In My RV Kitchen?

Depending on how much room you have in your RV, consider an island in your kitchen with some bar stool seating. Otherwise, benches that serve as storage and can be tucked away to increase the room in the cabin are good. Have sufficient cabinetry and utilize open storage for utensils.

A kitchen should at least have a stovetop or oven, a refrigerator, and a sink. If a stove or oven isn’t possible, a microwave is helpful. Have a good cast iron skillet for baking, pots, pans, pot holders, propane, matches, cutlery, drinkware, and plates.

Check out this chic Cuisinart coffee maker on Amazon.

Can You Put Regular Kitchen Cabinets In An RV?

It is possible to install regular size kitchen cabinets in an RV if it is large enough. Smaller class RVs are better outfitted with custom-size cabinets relative to the layout and square footage available.  Think smart, as flexible storage spaces that can be moved around or adjusted, or serve multiple purposes are invaluable. One or two regular-sized kitchen cabinets in a smaller RV may prove more than enough.

Can You Use Regular Appliances In An RV?

If you are lucky enough to have a larger RV, it is possible to have residential-sized appliances installed without feeling cramped. Some RVs are outfitted with generously sized refrigerators, a 21-inch oven with an induction stovetop, a regular microwave, and a double sink.

RVs that are compact can only handle appliances that are miniature versions of a residence. Additional appliances that don’t take up much room, like coffee makers, blenders, and air fryers, can be brought in and used as needed. An RV can pretty much have the same appliances as a house, except for a dishwasher or a washer and dryer set.

Check out this Magic Blender set on Amazon.

Do All RVs Have Ovens?

Most RVs have basic ovens installed, which are often powered by propane, but some are electric. With a propane oven, some RV owners struggle to light the appliance every time you wish to use it. There are also issues with food cooking unevenly in many RV ovens, which can be adjusted by adding a pizza stone to better distribute heat. Smaller RVs may not include an oven but will have a microwave and modest stove top range.

Electric ovens are a great option if you have an RV at a campsite with free electricity. An oven running on electricity is less likely to pose a fire hazard and may include an induction top. However, you may want to keep a generator handy to power your oven if needed.

Check out this oven and range for an RV on Amazon.

In Closing

We hope you are excited about designing your own luxurious RV kitchen, complete with the appliances needed to prepare quick and tasty meals. No matter if you have a compact RV or have plenty of room to spare, there are plenty of amazing kitchen layouts that look good and can fit all of the must-have items you need to feel at home. Make the most of your available square footage with space-saving appliances, and create a  layout that makes your kitchen a joy to use.

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