Many parents-to-be choose not to find out the sex of their baby before its birth. Meanwhile, other parents are consciously choosing to move away from the binary gender model and “boy/girl” decorating for their babies. No matter what your reasons, there are tons of options for creating beautiful, gender-neutral spaces for babies and toddlers.
a. Pick a theme.
Instead of modeling your nursery around a gendered color, choose a story or a specific environment: One of our friends chose to center her nursery design around Margaret Wise’s classic story, “Goodnight Moon”. You could also choose a theme like “night sky”, “circus” or “safari”.
b. Focus on white, with textured accents.
Instead of painting your nursery in a strong color, keep it white and use decals or textured accents to create a sense of dynamism.
c. Consider using alternative materials.
Instead of using gendered colors or wallpaper, think about adding wooden accents to create a neutral, calming atmosphere.
d. Focus on using lighting to create atmosphere.
This tip is especially useful for parents who are waiting to know the sex of the baby, because lighting helps you create an atmosphere without worrying about color or decorative themes. Create a space that focuses on soft lighting, like lamps and night-lights instead of overhead lighting.
e. Decorate using gender-neutral colors.
Colors like turquoise, yellow and soft orange add brightness without being culturally associated with any particular gender.
f. Leave room for added touches.
If you’re waiting to know the gender of your baby, and are happy to decorate accordingly once the baby is born, then leave some space for those added touches. This approach can also be used for older children when parents want to allow them the freedom to choose whatever colors or accents they want.
Below, we’re sharing some of our favourite gender-neutral nursery ideas.