Designing a Gender Neutral Nursery

My little ones might be toddlers now, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t remember what it’s like to be excited to welcome a new addition. As a design lover, for me one of the most exciting parts of adding a new baby to our family was creating a nursery.

While there are hundreds of ideas for nursery design – Pinterest is filled with them. If you have opted not to find out the sex of the baby, this can cause problems when it comes to decorating the nursery. Yes, the baby will probably sleep in with you for the first few weeks anyway, however, that doesn’t mean that you should create the nursery after he or she is born. Trust me on this though, neither you nor your partner will have the time, or energy, to do it. That’s why I think it is pretty essential that you design the nursery before your little one is born. Don’t stress if you haven’t found out the sex yet, as you can still create a beautiful nursery, you just need to design a gender neutral one, that’s all.

To help you do that, I thought I would share my tips and ideas with you here:

Pick Your Colour Scheme

The first thing that you need to do is choose your colour scheme. For gender neutral nurseries, almost anything goes. Yes, even pink – if you combine it with other colours, that is.

You can opt to decorate the walls with colour or you can choose to keep them plain and use accessories to brighten up the place. For a gender neutral nursery, muted colours are ideal, as are navy, grey, and pastel shades. The colours you choose are up to you, just remember to pick colours that appeal to you. After all, it’s you who will be spending most of your time in there with your little one. If I was to redo my baby’s room I would go for grey and yellow – so lovely!

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Choose a Theme

Once you have chosen the colour scheme, the next step is to pick a theme for the nursery. From animals to alphabet themes, there are so many options to choose from.

After you have decided on a theme, such as animals, the next step is to choose one area of that theme to focus on. For instance, for an animal themed nursery, you could focus on wild animals, like elephants, or domestic animals, like dogs and cats.

Opt for Neutral Furniture

For a gender neutral nursery, it’s crucial that you pick furniture that is neutral. The best option when it comes to nursery furniture tends to be wooden designs, as these not only work well in all sorts of spaces but they also last well.

You will need a cot, changing area, and chest of drawers or wardrobe. As well as this, you will also need a chair to sit and feed your new addition. This should be a comfortable chair that is cosy – you could consider adding some pillows and throws to it to add comfort. You can find lots of beautiful designs for pillows and throws in the Ian Snow soft furnishings range. So make sure to take a look at these.

Style with Accessories

The best way to pull the nursery together is by using gender neutral accessories. Things like pieces of wall art – for an animal themed room, animal wall art is ideal, rugs, curtains, and bedding are all ideal. Simply by investing in a few coordinating pieces, you can bring the entire room together.

Good luck with your decorating of a beautiful gender neutral nursery.

Rebecca x

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5 Comments

  1. Not A Frumpy Mum
    4th October 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Love the colours you have in the picture. When we were decorating my little boys nursery we went for bright colours which I loved at the time but soon wished I’d gone for something a little more toned down. xx

  2. 5th October 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I was surprised at how hard it was to find gender neutral anything when I fell pregnant. Even things like blankets were just pink, blue or white (which I didn’t want as we bought all white furniture). Love the idea of working with a theme rather than just colours, would have made it a bit more fun for sure!

    • 5th October 2015 / 7:25 pm

      it is hard to find neutral accessories isn’t it?! Thanks for stopping by x

  3. 5th October 2015 / 8:16 pm

    aww that’s lovely. Our gender neutral nursery first time around was too boyish-we had a girl and I was dying to pink it up. This time, it was mostly white and I added accessories when we had him-great ideas #MaternityMondays

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