Tips for Decorating a Gender-Neutral Nursery

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There are so many beautiful ideas when it comes to designing and decorating the nursery. Choosing between so many can be difficult. However, if you’ve already decided that you want to create a gender-neutral nursery, you’ve already narrowed down your choices.

The great thing about gender-neutral nurseries is that they are beautiful, serene, and very transitional. Creating such a room can be a bit overwhelming but thankfully certain pointers can be very useful.

Here are some much-needed tips on how to decorate a gender-neutral nursery.

1.      Stick with neutral

As a base for the gender-neutral nursery, the trick is to keep things simple and neutral. This means that the main colors of the room such as walls should be painted in soft, muted shades.

White, beige, cream, grey are perfect neutral colors that can later be decorated with pops of color, patterns, textures. So, if you’re afraid that a neutral-colored nursery will be boring don’t worry – neutral is just the backdrop for everything that comes next.

2.      Choose furniture wisely

Neutral-colored furniture is also the way to go when decorating a gender-neutral nursery. Either white or wood-colored pieces will complement any color scheme perfectly.

When choosing the furniture, opt for practical and flexible pieces. For example, a convertible crib that can be used for years to come, and a changing station that has a lot of drawers for your gender neutral baby clothes.

Also, when buying furniture, make sure you don’t go overboard. You don’t need too much furniture in the nursery. A crib, changing station, a book shelf and a chair or armchair is all you need in a nursery.

3.      Choose the theme

You can find inspiration for a gender-neutral nursery theme in nature, so you may as well bring nature in. If you want to create a jungle-like nursery, you can simply by adding tropical wallpaper and furry jungle animals. Make sure you keep windows open so that light can come in and bring in some plants.

If you prefer the mountain and forest theme, you can find huge peel and stick murals of mountains and trees. Then decorate the rest of the room so that it resembles a forest or a mountain, add forest animals, natural textures, and similar things.

Just be careful not to go overboard with the theme.

4.      Don’t be afraid of pattern

Since you’re starting with a neutral base, you are allowed to play with a pattern. People are often afraid to use any sort of pattern because it can overtake the whole room if not used right. But since we’re decorating a nursery, a bit of pattern can be a nice element.

Whether you choose to go for a feature wall with fun wallpaper, or you choose a patterned rug – a bright and colorful pattern can add visual interest to the room.

5.      Art can set the scene

Another indispensable element in the room is the nursery art. The right kind of art can give life to the room, make it interesting and whimsical.

Since you are creating a gender-neutral room, try to stick with gender-neutral art themes. For example, animals, letters, Scandinavian-inspired abstracts, or the mix of all of these.

You can also choose to mix the color palette, so the art on the wall will serve as a pop of color in the room.

6.      Don’t forget texture

The texture is a great way to give character and personality to a neutral room. In other words, you can play with texture as much as you want in a nursery. Add a shaggy or textured rug, pompoms or fringe, fun curtains, layer art, or create an art gallery.

Don’t forget to add textured cushions or pillows and textured blankets. They are another great way to add texture, as well. Display books, and toys, simply do what feels right in the room.

7.      A room that will grow with the baby

Neutral-gender nurseries are a perfect example of a flexible room design. A flexible room design means that there is space for the room to grow with the baby. These types of rooms can easily be adapted as your baby becomes a toddler, tween, or teen. 

Neutral wall color, décor, and theme that can be easily replaced – all in all, a very transitional room design.


And voila, a perfect gender-neutral nursery! The whole point is to keep things pretty simple and neutral and work on adding character to the room with pops of color, texture, and pattern.


About The Author: Jasmine Anderson is a Sydney-based lifestyle blogger and a toddler mom. She loves to spend quality time with her family, go thrifting, and spend just a little bit too much time on the internet. Find her on Twitter.
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