Would you rather not use a lot of pink or blue in your baby’s nursery? Whether you’re waiting on a delivery-room surprise or you’re simply not ready to commit to a very gendered nursery, there are lots of gender neutral alternatives!
There are plenty of advantages to opting for a gender neutral nursery. First of all, you can be ready for your baby, even if a gender ultrasound proves to be incorrect. Another benefit of a gender neutral nursery is that you can plan on using it again for another, future child without repainting the walls. Finally, a lot of gender-neutral colors are easy to adapt to a range of themes. So, as your child grows, you can simply switch the art and wall decals to match their changing interests. The neutrality of many colors popular in gender-neutral nurseries also opens up the possibilities of including some gender markers after the birth of the child. For example, you can add in pink monogram letters for a girl, or blue ones for a boy.
As you can see, there are many benefits to at least starting out with a gender-neutral theme. If you need some inspiration to plan your gender-neutral nursery, we’re here to help. Take a look at some of the best colors and themes you can use when planning and decorating your nursery:
Gender-Neutral Baby Colors:
One of the things you’ll need to decide when planning your gender-neutral nursery is the colors you’ll use for the walls. There are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular gender-neutral colors:
- Gray: Gray in nurseries is in! Opt for very soft grays when painting walls and then include darker gray for furniture, toy baskets, and other features.
- Green: Fresh and reminiscent of nature, green is a great nursery color that goes along nicely with many themes. Mint-green and pastel greens are especially popular for nurseries. You can use the green as a main color, or as a secondary color that you include along with gray or white.
- Yellow: A classic gender-neutral color, soft yellows are great for accents or as a main color in your nursery.
- Teal: Teal is great for making a bold statement. Paint one wall in teal as an accent wall and include lots of teal features throughout the room. You might even consider painting furniture this color.
- Cream: Colors like cream, beige, and white, are great for using alongside green, yellow, and gray. These colors can create a uniform, neutral background upon which you build with other, brighter colors.
- Accent Colors: Any color can be an accent color in a gender-neutral nursery. Go bold with orange or red, or opt for more subdued colors like dark brown and forest green. Designers recommend limiting accent colors to two per room. You can even include a mix of some pink and blue in your gender-neutral as accents. For example, you might have a few throw pillows in pink and blue as well as a pink and blue quilt, pink and blue picture frames, or artwork that incorporates these colors.
Other general themes you might want to include in the nursery might include natural wood or certain patterns. For example, you could decorate using polka dots, a chevron pattern, or other use other geometrical shapes as a base. Then, build your theme around the colors and any patterns you choose. Or, if you prefer very simple designs, use only the colors and patterns as your theme for decorating the nursery.
Gender-Neutral Nursery Themes:
Just about any theme can be made to be gender-neutral, as long as you don’t go overboard with pinks and blues or gender-charged characters. So, what themes might you consider? Why not opt for one of these great themes:
- Jungle: Elephants, toucans, monkeys and giraffes are perfect for awakening your child’s imagination and interest in animals. The jungle theme can include several animals, or focus on just one or two. This theme works perfectly with gender-neutral colors like green, brown, gray, and yellow.
- Woodland: Bears, deer, foxes, and other woodland animals make for a great woodland theme, especially when accompanied by natural wood furniture. This theme is perfect for a baby boy or baby girl in whom you want to inspire a love for nature. You can even add a cute nursery lamp featuring a forest friend in this nursery.
- Ocean: Dive into the ocean and splash around with your baby boy or girl using an ocean theme. Decorate using seashells and artwork of ocean animals. For this water theme, you might consider using blue as one of your main colors. However, you can keep it gender neutral by including lots of accents in pink, orange, or peach. Alternatively, you could use a teal color instead of blue.
- Owls: Cute owls make for the perfect nursery theme for baby boys and girls. You could use this animal to inspire an overarching nighttime theme including twinkling stars on the ceiling and the moon. Owls are also a popular choice for wall decals that include trees.
- Travel: Airplanes, hot air balloons, trains, and cars can all be part of a gender-neutral travel theme. Use old maps and globes as part of your decor to inspire your baby to explore the world. There are also lots of board books out there that use these themes that you can use to line your little one’s bookshelves.
- Stories: Get inspired by some of your favorite story books or movies to decorate your child’s nursery. Some popular themes from stories include Winnie the Pooh, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Lion King, and many more. Choose one of your favorites to create a magical nursery full of wonder for your baby.
Inspired? Now, all you need to do is put it all together. Choose your colors and theme, and begin putting together a list of products and items that you’d like to include. Once you’ve compiled a sizeable list, pick your favorites and get started!
Decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting aspects of preparing for your baby’s arrival. With a gender-neutral theme, you’ll be ready to welcome your baby into your home and watch them grow into a little girl or boy.