8 Gender-Neutral Nurseries That Your Little One Will Love
Preparing for a new bundle of joy but not sold on pastel pink or baby blue? See how to create a gender-neutral nursery for your new baby using a range of colors and charming accents.
While we love the classic pinks and blues of traditional nurseries, gender-neutral designs can be just as compelling. With a range of colors and unexpected accents, gender-neutral looks offer a pleasant break from more conventional approaches.
Whether you’re waiting to discover your little one’s gender (like Jillian Harris of Love It or List It), or you simply prefer color schemes with more staying power, opting for a neutral approach will give your nursery a fun and fresh look. Here are some of our favorite gender-neutral nursery designs that will easily suit your new arrival.
Multicolored Contemporary Nursery With Orange Dresser
Bright colors and graphic patterns make this nursery chic and cheerful. Artwork and accessories tie in with the bold color scheme, helping to unify the space.
John Woodcock Photography
Instead of sweet baby blues and pastel pinks, consider pairing soft neutral walls with cheerful colors and graphic accents. The orange dresser in this nursery by J&J Design Group both brightens the room and provides storage for cozy blankets and onesies. Storybook illustrations above become charming wall accents that your child will always cherish.
Gorgeous Eclectic Boy's Nursery With Bold Graphic Designs
A natural wood accent wall sets a lovely textured background for the mix of wall decor in this beautiful boy's nursery. Inspirational quotes, a labradoodle and creative book page letters keep the nursery happy and colorful. Bigger pops of bright color come from the graphic patterns on the rug, crib cushions, ottoman and throw pillow and the vibrant navy blue velvet armchair.
John Woodcock Photography
Layering multiple colors and textures can also create a playful, yet non-gender-specific look. In this eclectic nursery by J&J Design Group, the bold patterns of the crib cushion, area rug, ottoman and throw pillow enliven the room, while their soft fabrics allow for comfortable nursing. The wooden accent wall serves as a soothing backdrop that will easily age with your child.
Neutral Nursery with Gray Crib and Wood-patterned Wallpaper
This isn't your run-of-the-mill baby's room donned in pink or blue -- here's a space the parents will love, too! Bathed in grays and other neutral tones, the nursery boasts comfortable elements such as the couch with multiple, cozy throw pillows and lush shag rug. Graphic art posters bring bursts of color into the space.
If bold accents aren’t quite your taste, choose a design that makes use of soft neutrals and grays. Parents and newborns alike will enjoy this transitional nursery by Brianne Bishop, where cozy elements such as an upholstered couch, throw pillows and shag rug create a truly calming setting. Graphic art on the walls adds a touch of color without being too overwhelming for the baby.
Anyon Interior Design
A neutral design in your baby’s room can pair well with your home’s overall look. In this contemporary nursery styled by Anyon Interior Design, blue and orange accents gently brighten the crisp white furniture. The large area rug below softens the wood floor and provides a cushioned surface for a crawling infant, while the stylish walls beautifully coincide with the rest of the house.
Light gray walls and neutral furniture make for the perfect gender-neutral nursery. Set in an additional upstairs bedroom, the wool-covered armchair and stool form a comfy corner for reading bedtime stories. Against the opposite wall, three bronze owls take the place of a traditional mobile, giving the baby something calming to look at just before napping.
Designed with an explorer in mind, this nautical-themed nursery promotes imagination and a healthy curiosity. The pale yellow and blue walls naturally complement the room’s plush furniture, just as the whale decor adds a whimsical touch that any child will love. The neutral carpet and area rug help to further showcase the room’s nautical style.
Baby nursery with neutral theme. The parents filed the shelving unit with books and toys. Other items are displayed on picture ledges at varying levels on the wall. The giant map on the wall shows the child they are a citizen of the world.
A multi-colored area rug and striped ceiling will please babies of either gender in this eclectic brown nursery. Asymmetrically arranged bookshelves add spunk to the room, while the orange midcentury modern chair lends itself to playtime and nursing. Above the crib, a world map serves as nontraditional wall art, encouraging exploration and the pursuit of knowledge.
A cityscape can also make for a fun, nontraditional accent wall in your child’s nursery. This mural by Annie Wise features a 1950s skyline view of Portland, Ore. The mural’s gray and green tones are perfectly suited for a gender-neutral look, while the alien spaceships add a touch of personality that you — and your baby — will love.
Paint an Accent Wall
Don't assume pale colors always work best in small spaces. Painting one wall of this tiny nursery a deep shade actually made it look larger, because that wall appears to recede. Slim wall-mounted shelves all the way to the ceiling hold important supplies; replacing the door with a graphic curtain helps open the space to an adjoining room during the day. Design by Christie Chase
Get Rid of Your Closet Doors
Removing the closet door can help expand a small nursery. Look for adjustable shelves and rods, so you can customize it to your child's changing needs as he or she grows. If you plan to remove the closet door, choose attractive storage containers to hold shoes, folded clothes and other items. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid
Think Petite and Multipurpose
Choosing delicate-lined accent furniture works well for a small room because it doesn't take up much visual space. But don't forgo storage: Even a tiny nightstand can offer storage for books beside a comfy reading chair. Design by Small Shop Studio; Photo courtesy of Lindsay Dress
Using otherwise-empty wall space around and above the crib added much-needed storage in this diminutive nursery. The reflective white surface of the cabinets keeps the look sleek and bright — the units don’t look heavy, but practically disappear into the surrounding wall. Design by Christie Chase
Choose a Cohesive Color Scheme
A pale, monochromatic palette — like the sophisticated mix of white and cream used here — is a smart choice for small spaces. Because the eye isn't distracted by strong contrast, it moves around more freely and perceives the area as more expansive than it is. Whenever working with a one-note color scheme it's key to layer detail and texture to inject personality and interest. Photo courtesy of Project Nursery
Use Every Inch of Space
This small nursery has an awkward alcove that's just right for a freestanding cabinet. More storage sits on top. Hooks, like the multicolored set above the chalkboard, are great for closets, but also for hanging dress-up costumes, art-center aprons, jump ropes and more. Photo courtesy of Lisa Wong Jackson