What’s current—and coming—in motorcoach design trends? We asked interior designers at Foretravel Motorcoach and Allied Recreation Group to share their inside take.
Tyle Fore, Factory Coach Specialist, Foretravel Motorcoach
While some companies are moving toward wood in kitchens, Foretravel is offering options other than the traditional solid wood cabinetry they’ve always been known for—partly to add a wider range of color and texture selections.
In kitchens, full- size refrigerators are gaining popularity. Stainless steel appliances are losing favor in high-end homes and in RVs, too, but Foretravel has developed a black stainless model getting great reviews, one that ties into trends in color and décor, which— since Foretravel makes every coach to customer specs—can be most anything someone can dream up.
Grays and whites are back as color trends, Fore says, but with strong accent colors added. “I designed one last week where the customers wanted whites and grays with hints of brown,” he said, “but we did a tangerine accent on one of the walls. People like the splash of color but not in overwhelming presence.”
Floor plans are changing to add double vanities in the main bathroom and a second half bath. Counter top surfaces are changing too, moving from granite to engineered stones. The move adds color options, but the engineered stone also resists cracking and saves considerably on weight.
Paul White, Director oF Design, Allied Recreation Group (Fleetwood RV, American Coach, Holiday Rambler, Monaco)
Look at the new American Coach Eagle or the Fleetwood Bounder and you’ll notice ways in which White has drawn design inspiration from high-end urban condominiums, sleekly styled automobiles, yachts and jets.
The modern urban loft look is particularly noticeable in the newer models. The traditional, raised-panel look of kitchens has moved to smooth surfaces and curves, White said. There’s a stainless steel farmhouse sink, drawers with quiet-close systems and wood on the counters and floors, the teak-floored shower reminiscent of a high-end boat.
Color schemes are bolder in terms of contrast between light and dark. That, particularly with a lighter sofa paired with a darker floor, lets customers add personality via accent pillows and artwork, White said, and the interplay creates a sense of larger space.
Comfort is evident, too, in ambient lighting and adjustable beds.
Exteriors have gotten a makeover, too, with some new options featuring straighter lines that “offer the sense of going 100 mph standing still,” White says. Think of trends in models like Cadillac, and its edgier design that appeals to multiple demographics, and you’ll see what’s happening in the RV world. “I want them to excite people,” he said, “to have people looking for what’s coming around the corner next.”
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