Sep 10, 2021
4 min read
Whether you’re keeping the gender of your baby a surprise or ditching the “pink for girls” and “blue for boys” trope, decorating a gender-neutral nursery is an increasingly popular choice for parents-to-be. In fact, the term “unisex nursery ideas” grew by more than 5,000% earlier this year.
But unlike other children’s bedrooms, gender-neutral nursery ideas need careful consideration. It needs to be a peaceful place where your bundle of joy will eat, sleep, play and grow. From whimsical woodland to stylish chic themes, rugs and nightlight nursery décor, here are some fun gender-neutral nursery ideas.
It’s easy to focus on the simple blue or pink, but for a gender-neutral look, why not remove all colour and choose a monochrome palette instead? For a baby-friendly feel, stick to muted tones like pale grey, white and cream. You can easily add some interest through textured rugs, wallpaper and soft toys like they did in this space.
Pay homage to your property’s period features by including them in the design. In this space, the wall colours perfectly pair with the fireplace tiles. A busy, ornate mantel is quietened with a lick of beige paint. The hearth’s grey stone is even reflected in the furniture and baby bedroom accessories for a calming and cohesive effect.
Blue doesn’t have to be for boys, especially if you choose the right wall colour. The traditionally “male” colour can work for all genders when paired with pastel hues like taupe and cream. This gender-neutral nursery is simply serene. We particularly love Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light and Blue Ground on baby bedroom walls.
Calm, minimal and bright. That’s a Scandinavian nursery. There are no frills – but perhaps simplicity is best with a newborn in tow (especially in the middle of the night when you’re fumbling around for nappies). From grey blankets to fresh, white walls and accessories, this unisex nursery idea will provide a peaceful place for sleep and play. This Scandi chic space is one your baby can definitely grow into – just exchange the crib for a bed.
For parents, there will be lots of on-the-job learning and sleepless nights ahead, so it’s wise to favour items of comfort. A cosy rocking chair, soft pouffe and all the baby bedroom accessories to hand are essential. And if you’re worried about wood flooring feeling bare, a nice, soft rug will help keep your little one’s feet warm as they take their first steps.
It’s hard to go wrong with an animal-themed nursery idea that can spark the interest of both boys and girls. Favourites are safari animals and woodland creatures, but you could create a sanctuary of various animals in prints and soft plush toys. As your child gets older, this nursery theme can be easily adaptable too.
Why pick a single pattern or colour when you can have lots of fun mixing and matching? Vintage and modern furniture sit comfortably side by side in this proud nursery, while the on-trend wallpaper and frilly curtain valance adorn the walls. When taking this approach, opt for soft pastel colours like they did in this nursey to keep things interesting, rather than overwhelming.
Tuck your little dreamer in under a hand-painted night sky. Look for a relaxing paint hue like navy or grey to help soothe your little one. Just take a look at this dreamy nursery where branches and stars cascade down the wall.
Introduce your tot to the great outdoors with a rustic, woodland theme, complete with a forest mural and plush woodland friends. Include tactile elements in the room like this nursery – a fluffy rug, an interesting shelf, wall art and a feather floor lamp – for the ultimate sensory experience.
Time to rethink the pink and blue binary when it comes to nursery décor. The key when planning gender-neutral nursery ideas is to avoid leaning too heavily on masculine or feminine themes. Thanks to these tips, you’ll have a happy room ready for the little one’s arrival, no matter their gender.
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