Whether you've chosen to keep the gender of your baby a surprise or you're opting for a nursery that transcends traditional pink and blue palettes, embracing a neutral colour scheme seems to be all the go right now. Gender-neutral nurseries also bring an added perk – they can exude a more grown-up style. After all, it's us parents who spend countless hours in the nursery during those early years. So, crafting a baby nursery space that allows you to relax, enjoy, and comfortably tend to your baby's needs is not just practical but also super savvy!
The Key to a Beautiful Nursery or Baby's Space
The secret to designing that stunning nursery or baby's space is creating a sense of authenticity and uniqueness. Rather than chasing the latest trends or striving for picture-perfect perfection, aim to craft a room that tells your family's story. Incorporate your distinct style through thoughtful touches, like a special piece of furniture, sentimental keepsakes, or personalised artwork.
Start with a neutral colour palette
A steady trend in neutral nursery design involves the use of earthy tones like whites, creams, clay, terracotta, browns, sage greens, and blue-grey or grey tones. These colours are often used in dulled-down versions, adding sophistication to the nursery while ensuring it grows with your child. Earthy tones provide longevity in your nursery design, whilst providing plenty of scope to add pops of colour for character and personality.
Subtle Nurseries Need More Texture
Introducing texture into your nursery is essential, as it provides both visual appeal and a plush, inviting atmosphere for your child. As your child grows and begins to explore the world around them, these tactile elements will add an extra layer of comfort and sensory delight. You can introduce texture through various means, such as the inclusion of cosy rugs underfoot, captivating wall art and hangings, textured wallpapers that engage both sight and touch, and perhaps the use of a cool textural pendant light. Don't forget the fabric choices within your nursery's decor – think cot blankets and bedding, as well as the upholstery of your nursing chair. For a unique touch, consider techniques like vertical timber cladding on the walls, which not only adds an understated sense of texture but also elevates the nursery's overall charm.
Neutral Nursery Furniture for the Win
Investing in a quality gender neutral cot and change table is key to nailing that cohesive neutral look in your nursery. They will be pieces that can grow with your child over time and most likely be used for future siblings too! Focus on nursery furniture with a more modern, timeless feel. Think of wooden cots, or consider a grey coloured cot that exudes sophistication. Two-tone cots in white and natural wood tones can also seamlessly blend with the overall design scheme of your home, creating a consistent and elegant aesthetic that extends beyond your nursery. The key here is to select furniture that not only complements the nursery but also aligns with the design and ambiance of the entire house, fostering a sense of cohesion and style.
Gender Neutral Can Still Be Exciting
Even in a gender-neutral nursery, you can inject excitement in considered ways. To add some flair, try some vibrant accent pillows and adding modern baby blankets they will offer additional warmth for baby and you. Definitely choose a single wow factor piece as your focal point, such as a bold piece of artwork, a distinctive pendant light, your nursery furniture, a cool nursing chair or a wallpaper, and build the room around it.
Nursery Themes for your Gender Neutral Look
When it comes to selecting a theme for your nursery, inspiration can come from various sources, often sparked by a single, cherished item that captures your heart. It might be a beloved toy, a captivating painting, or an art print that resonates with you. In my case, it was a vintage inspired wall art print of Yosemite's trees and mountains that we found whilst traveling in the USA. This sentimental piece, with its earthy tones, became the foundation for a "Nature-based / Adventure" inspired nursery theme. The beauty of this approach is its simplicity; there's no need to overthink it. Just start by incorporating a few complementary elements around your chosen centerpiece, and soon enough, you'll have a collection of objects that seamlessly harmonise.
If you're seeking a gender-neutral theme that align with the timeless and neutral look, consider the following options:
- Boho Chic Nursery Theme: Embrace the free-spirited and eclectic vibes of Bohemian style to create a nursery filled with warmth and character.
- Woodland Nursery Theme: Bring the enchantment of the forest into your nursery with nature-inspired decor and earthy colour palettes.
- Safari Nursery Theme: Embark on a wild adventure by adorning your nursery with safari-themed accents, celebrating the beauty of the animal kingdom.
- Coastal Nursery Theme: Transport the serenity of the seaside to your nursery with coastal-inspired decor, soothing colors, and nautical touches.
- Under the Sea Nursery Theme: Dive into an underwater wonderland with an oceanic theme featuring whimsical sea creatures and ocean hues.
- Botanical Nursery Theme: Cultivate a nursery that blooms with botanical beauty, incorporating lush greenery and floral patterns.
Remember to embrace your unique style, create a warm and personalised space with muted yet sophisticated colours, introduce texture, choose gender-neutral furniture, and add a touch of excitement in a considered way. By doing so, you'll create a nursery that not only welcomes your baby but also reflects the love and creativity of your family.
See some of our Neutral Designed Nurseries in our Nursery Styling section. Designed to inspire you, or help you simplify the process by purchasing a Styled Package.