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5 Tips for Decorating a Gender Neutral Nursery

Want a space that will work for a baby boy or baby girl? Check out these tips for creating a playful space for your baby that is gender neutral.

gender neutral nursery

For Evelyn’s nursery, we knew we were having a girl and I wanted a really soft and feminine nursery. But when we have another baby I want to try and keep the gender a secret and be surprised at birth.

I’m horrible at surprises so we’ll see how it goes!

That means I’ll have to set up a nursery that is gender neutral—one that will be fit for a baby girl or baby boy.

Here are some tips on how to set up a nursery in a gender neutral design, while still creating a nursery that you’ll love!

blue and gray gender neutral nursery

#1 – Choose a color palette

There are so many more options than just going with a pink or blue color palette for your baby’s nursery! Some perfect color options for a gender neutral nursery include using these colors as your decor inspiration:

  • Grays
  • Black and white
  • Beiges
  • Teals
  • Yellow
  • Navy
  • Rainbow color
  • Reds
  • Greens

If you’re having trouble choosing colors, use Pinterest or google Image search for inspiration! You can also use a color wheel to pair complementary colors.

bright colored nursery

#2 – Pick a Gender Neutral Theme

Instead of choosing colors, pick a gender neutral theme to help guide you in setting up your baby’s nursery. Here are some of our favorite gender neutral nursery themes:

  • Modern farmhouse
  • Little adventurers
  • Bright and colorful
  • Succulents
  • Woodland animals
  • Space
  • Abstract shapes
  • Plants
  • Boho
  • Harry Potter
  • Rainbow
  • Carnival
  • Wood
  • Jungle
  • Beach
  • Travel
  • Sloths
  • Typography
  • Hot air balloons

Whether you go with a color palette as your inspiration for decor or want to select a nursery theme, remember that gender neutral doesn’t have to mean basic. You can have a lot of fun even in a gender neutral nursery!

white cribs in nursery

#3 – Choose Neutral furniture

Whether you decide on a calming color palette, or choose a bright and bold nursery theme, make sure to choose neutral colors for your main pieces of furniture such as your baby’s crib, dresser, rocker, and changing table.

Unsure about using a bassinet vs crib for your baby? Read this post to learn the differences.

Furniture that is white, wood, beige, gray, or black will make a great base for your nursery. If you want to add pops of color, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do so with crib sheets, wall art, and other decor pieces. Wondering how many crib sheets you need? See that post!

baby room with wall art and pink armchair

#4 – Dress the Walls

Decide whether you will paint baby’s room or use wallpaper to add a big statement.

Then add shelves, wall art, and other decor to the walls to give your nursery big style. Some things you can do include creating a wall gallery with favorite artwork, adding shelves to hold a mix of artwork and baby supplies, or hanging big letters once you know baby’s name.

Get creative with your wall decor! Think hanging macrame for a boho gender theme and hot air balloon decals for a bit of whimsy!

black and white nursery

#5 – Add Decor and Design Elements

Now comes the fun part! This is where you can incorporate your theme or colors into your design and add the final touches. Things like plants, rugs, and accessories can really bring a room to life.

Think through the rest of the products you need for the nursery and buy items that look cohesive together:

Start setting up your nursery and putting all the pieces together!

Did you pick a gender neutral theme for your nursery? If so, I’d love to see it!

5 Tips for Decorating A Gender Neutral Nursery - Want a space that will work for a baby boy or baby girl? Check out these tips for creating a playful space in your baby's room that is gender neutral. You can use gray and neutral colors or playful and fun themes!
Amy Motroni