Tips for Creating a Gender-Neutral Nursery

If you are waiting until the birth of your child to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl, you will probably want to decorate your child’s nursery in a gender-neutral fashion.  Choosing a neutral theme is also a good idea if you are planning on having more than one child and would like to reuse your nursery in the future, since it will be suitable for both boys and girls.  Some of the best ways to decorate your nursery in a neutral style include choosing unisex nursery furniture, bedding, and decor.  Here are a few tips for creating a gender-neutral nursery.

First, it is important to use gender-neutral colours as your nursery theme.  Picking the main and accent colours you will use helps you decide on other items such as the furniture and the linens.  Steer away from traditional gendered colours such as light blue for boys or pastel pink for girls.  Instead, opt for unisex colours such as light green, white, soft brown, and yellow.  You might choose to paint most of the nursery in white and then paint an accent wall in one of the other gender-neutral colours.

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The bed and bath linens are a key part of decorating any nursery, so be sure to stick with neutral colours for these items.  Vertbaudet features many baby bedding colours in its product line, including soft green, red, white, and brown.  You will also want to avoid any gendered patterns such as flowers for girls or toy trucks for boys.  Instead, choose nature patterns that feature broader themes such as trees, fruit, or small animals, which can be suitable for both genders.  A baby sleep sack with squirrels on a tree could easily be used for either a boy or a girl.

Choosing the right kind of furniture is also a large part of keeping your nursery theme gender-neutral.  Select furniture that features a basic, classic design to avoid evoking a specific gender look.  Straight-backed chairs in neutral colours such as brown, white, and orange can be dressed up or down, depending on your personal taste and are appropriate for either boys or girls.  You could also choose furniture that uses both blue and pink, rather than just one.  That way, the furniture will be a good fit for a child of either gender.

Naturally, you will need to keep your decor gender-neutral as well.  Once again, try to avoid any specific gender-designed themes such as cars or butterflies and stay with the broader patterns of animals or prints.  Multi-coloured rugs, animal photo holders, and neutral-coloured coat stands can all be used in a nursery for either a boy or a girl.  Remember to stay with unisex colours such as green, red, brown, and grey when you’re selecting your decorative items.  If you decide you would like to add more traditional gender colours after you have the baby, you will be able to do so easily if you keep the nursery theme broad.

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