If you’re planning to be surprised by your baby’s gender, or just prefer something other than the traditional blue or pink, design a nursery that will work for a boy or a girl. With the right theme, a clever use of paint, and some personalization with prints and accessories, you can create the perfect space for your little bundle of joy.


Choosing a Theme and Color

Choosing a theme is one of the best places to begin when planning a space for your baby. Animals, sea life, nature, and the alphabet are popular choices for a gender-neutral nursery. If a theme isn’t appealing, anchor the room around a particular color or graphic shape, such as circles, hexagons or quatrefoils.

When it comes to color, there are many ways to bring in color without it defining the room as boy or girl. One classic color combo widely associated with gender-neutral nurseries is yellow and green, but in recent years, more parents are branching out from that. Reds, oranges, and grays are some trendier colors that work beautifully for both boys and girls. If you’d rather something on the subtle side, setting white or other neutrals as the room’s foundation makes layering in a variety of hues effortless.

Play with different tones of one color or try two-tone walls for visual interest. Remember that colors often look darker on the walls than they do on a paint chip, so test large swatches of paint on the wall before making a commitment. Balance is the key to a peaceful space so keep furnishings light if you go bold with wall color and opt for darker furnishings when softer, soothing hues are chosen.

Adding Functional Details and Personal Touches

Little details and personal touches are what will make your baby’s nursery unique. Focus on incorporating functional features such as wicker baskets for storage, a rug, or decorative pillows for the glider. Not only will those things come in handy, but they'll also help polish off the nursery’s design.

Personal touches encompass many things and make the room one of a kind. Consider fun art prints, decorative stenciling on the wall, or personal family photos and keepsakes. Wall letters or numbers can be painted in a fun way and used to decorate the space as well. When possible, have something custom made. Something like an upholstered glider or crib bedding can be extra special when custom made in a fabric you love. To top it off, don’t forget to throw in some soft toys that baby will love to play with once he or she is at home.