Styling a Gender-Neutral Nursery: 5 Simple Tips
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5 Simple Steps to Styling a Gender-Neutral Nursery

November 25, 2019

Finding out that you’ll become a parent is one of the most exciting news you can get. Like most parents, your first reaction would probably be to start decorating a room for your little bundle of joy. While some parents take the traditional route and decorate the nursery based on the baby’s gender, those rules aren’t applied today as much as they were in the past. Nowadays, more parents seem to be drawn to gender-neutral nursery design, making use of colors that don’t state the baby’s gender right away. If you’re interested in creating a modern, stylish, and practical gender-neutral nursery for your little one, take a look at our five simple tips listed below.

Rely on the neutral color scheme as a base for your nursery design

A gender-neutral nursery design heavily relies on the use of neutral and muted tones as a way of setting the base for the nursery design. Cooler hues such as white, charcoal, and taupe can help ground your nursery design and provide the perfect neutral background for accent tones and bold accessories. It seems like gray tones are having a moment now, but beiges and creams aren’t that far behind on the list of popular gender-neutral nursery color schemes. Before you order any paint, try out the swatches first to see what the colors look like on the wall, and be sure to choose low-VOC or VOC-free paint for your baby’s nursery.

Find a theme that goes well with both genders

Keep the color tones to black, gray, or white. These colors don't conform to a single gender.
Keep the color tones to black, gray, or white. These colors don’t conform to a single-gender. @unsplash

When it comes to nursery themes, your safe bet would be to go with universal themes that fit both genders. For example, you can decorate your baby’s room with simple patterns such as stripes or polka dots, but you can also let your imagination run wild and design your nursery in a way that it resembles a jungle, forest, or a safari. Alphabet, numbers, and animals are also themes that can be used both for boys’ and girls’ rooms. Or, you can skip themes altogether and center your design around one color and design a charming monochromatic nursery.

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Invest in versatile furnishings you can use for longer

Because furnishings are more permanent and aren’t as easily swapped out as it is the case with accessories and smaller items, it’s best to stick with furniture in neutral shades. You also want to make sure that you get the most use out of those pieces, and the best way to do that is to look for versatile pieces that can be used for longer. For example, a quality baby cot that can be converted into a toddler bed makes for a good investment. The same thing goes for changing tables that come with a detachable topper since they can easily pass as dressers later on.

Sprinkle pops of color to make a style statement

Simple animals hanging over the crib don't identify to one gender
Simple animals hanging over the crib don’t identify to one gender @unsplash

While a monochromatic and neutral nurseries look stylish on their own, you can always spruce things up a bit with a bold color. Adding an accent color is a great way to infuse a room with character, and it’s also perfect for making a style statement. Whether you choose to go with a colorful throw pillow, a bold rug, accent chair, or eye-catching artwork, rely on accessories to sprinkle pops of color and enhance the visual interest of even the simplest of nurseries.

Mix in your own personal style

Designing your baby’s nursery is the perfect opportunity to show off how creative you are and throw a bit of your own personal style into the mix. You can do that in terms of aesthetics, style, and color scheme, and create a lovely space for making memories with your little bundle of joy. Make it stylish, make it chic, and definitely make it your own. You’ll be spending a lot of time there, so you might as well design it the way you want!

Gender-neutral nurseries are a great choice if you don’t necessarily want to take the traditional route and go all girly or boyish with your nursery design but still want to create a space that will be stylish, modern, safe and practical. With these five tips in mind, styling a gender-neutral nursery should be a child’s play!


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    February 3, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Woww! this one I should apply for my upcoming baby. By the way, can you please suggest more versatile furnishings for this room? Thanks

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    June 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    This is something that I would personally do myself as I would automatically set a gender neutral nursery even after knowing the sex of the baby. What if there was that small chance that the technician got it wrong unless you found out through a CVS or amnio test. These are good tips though and thanks for sharing.

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    July 4, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Very helpful indeed.

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