28 Gender-Neutral Nurseries We Love
Forget pink and blue, and embrace a nursery that’s all about fabulous design. These gender-neutral ideas will inspire your own space.
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Modern Farmhouse Perfection
Instead of outfitting your nursery in a specific color, try outfitting the space in a specific style. Here, a modern farmhouse vibe makes the room feel cozy and inviting. Natural wood tones create a sense of warmth, and shiplap adds texture.
Rad Rainbow Hues
Did you think a gender-neutral nursery meant you were confined to a soft, muted color palette? Think again. This rainbow-infused space certainly proves otherwise. Electric hues ranging from hot pink to aqua blue ensure the space doesn’t feel feminine or masculine. Instead, this baby’s room simply feels full of life. To get a similar look, first choose a multicolored focal piece, and then draw out your favorite colors as accents.
Classic Color Combo
You can’t go wrong choosing one the world’s most dynamic duos — black and white. This tried-and-true pair works beautifully for a gender-neutral space. Layer in shades of gray to soften the look, and be sure to add plenty of texture.
Bright + All White
Let some sun shine in your sunshine’s room. Play up the natural light by using an all-white color palette to reflect rays around the space. This palette is perfect for a modern nursery and looks fantastic with clean-lined furniture and simple decor.
Soft + Serene
Soft, muted neutrals create a calm, soothing atmosphere in this nursery. A subtly patterned accent wall and textured ivory area rug add visual interest, while a low-profile storage unit provides practical storage space. To recreate this look, start with your favorite neutral hue as a base, and layer in complementary neutral tones.
If you like the idea of a themed nursery but struggle to find a gender-neutral theme, consider this cosmic approach. A mural of the constellations serves as the focal wall, while space-themed accessories complete the design. Crisp white surrounding walls balance the deep blue-gray accent wall with a dose of brightness.
If you weren’t grooving with the galactic theme, why not try a safari theme, instead? After all, everyone loves animals. Set the tone for the space with warm beiges, tans and browns, and accessorize with plush animals. Throw in an animal-print pillow or rug if you’re feeling spunky.
Geometric prints are the perfect way to spice up a neutral space. Consider a patterned accent wall or area rug for maximum impact, or tie in patterned accessories for a subtler approach. Clean lines complement geometric shapes, so opt for modern furniture.
Give your babe’s space a blast from the past. Vintage pieces and accessories will help create a distinct personality for your neutral nursery. Balance old-school picks with updated silhouettes and fresh buys for a balanced design.
If the rest of your home boasts a cool, bohemian aesthetic, keep the laid-back look going in the nursery. Opt for natural materials and woven pieces, like the stunning macramé mobile in this nursery. Keep the space bright with fresh, white walls.
A Tale of Texture
When you’re working with an all-neutral color palette, texture is key. Subdued, neutral tones like pale gray, soft beige and off-white allow you to mix different textures and patterns seamlessly. In this nursery, pom-poms on the window valance, a patterned ottoman and layered rugs visually bring the space to life.
Give your little one a space that feeds their imagination by opting for a storybook theme. Take a cue from this nursery, which features a custom mural inspired by the classic children's tale, Where the Wild Things Are. The room’s other elements are kept quiet to let the mural shine.
Primary colors are a classic, timeless choice for a nursery — and they’re fitting for both boy and girl. If you’re drawn to this punchy palette, be sure to balance the energetic hues with plenty of crisp white, like designer Stefani Stein did in this nursery.
Little Lamb Lullabies
With plenty of soft textures and a lovely, lamb-inspired theme, this neutral nursery is a dream. A vintage-look iron crib adds a dose of nostalgia to this space, while a comfy glider ensures practicality. To get a similar look, start with a soft, serene color for the walls, and add interest with a darling print, a statement crib and fuzzy accessories.
This nursery boasts a trendy Southwestern aesthetic, which is neither feminine nor masculine. Instead, the look is casual and unfussy, drawing its primary color, sage green, from nature. Create your own Southwestern space by using sage green as your base color and accenting with playful accessories and nature-inspired patterns.
Do frills and fluff make you cringe? Consider a minimalist nursery design. Baby’s space doesn’t need to be decked out to be adorable. Choose must-have pieces — like a crib, glider, changing table and laundry hamper — in clean silhouettes, and decorate with simple, design-savvy artwork.
If you have a nursery with architecture anything like this one’s, well, you’re lucky. Keep your space simple and let that pretty infrastructure shine. Gorgeous windows like these speak for themselves, and a simple, neutral design helps them take center stage.
When everything else feels a bit chaotic, you’ll be glad your nursery doesn’t. To achieve a tranquil design, use nature as your inspiration. Work with a palette of soft neutrals, and use natural materials as much as possible. Hang botanical prints for an organic touch that requires no maintenance (and no green thumb!).
Tree of Knowledge
If you don’t already have one, you’ll definitely be gathering a collection of books as your little one grows. Instead of stowing them away, make them the focal point of your design. Invest in a statement bookshelf, and display your colorful books where they’re easy to reach. Keep the rest of the nursery clean and neutral, and accent with a variety of coordinating colors throughout the space.
Design-savvy parents everywhere are stepping up their game when it comes to their nurseries. No longer is soft and sweet the norm — today’s nurseries are taking a turn toward sophistication. Don’t be afraid to let your home’s locale inspire your babe’s space, like the designers did for these downtown digs. Play up unique architectural elements, and choose neutral pieces that complement the look rather than detract from it.
Graphic black-and-white wallpaper will grow with baby, no matter their gender. If wall-to-wall pattern seems overwhelming, consider only wallpapering an accent wall, like designer Kerra Michele Huerta did in this nursery. Layer in plenty of texture, and accent with light gray to soften the look.
Cheerful + Charming
Looking for happy colors that know no bounds? Take a cue from this nursery, where sunny yellow, pale aqua and bright white steal the show. This fun, cheery palette works for any gender and any design style.
Mellow in Yellow
Yellow has long been the color of gender-neutral nurseries, and I'm not here to disagree. Might I just insert a word of caution? Don't overdo it. In other words, use yellow, but use it sparingly. Consider neutral walls with chic yellow accents rather than blasting the whole space with electric sunshine.
Give your little queen or king the digs they deserve — that is, a nursery dripping in elegance. To get this look, use a palette of creamy whites and soft beiges, and accent with understated metallic accents. Ground the space with the fuzziest, furriest rug you’ve ever seen, and prepare to be lost in baby dreamland.
Playful Accessories FTW
Don’t want to dish out the big bucks for nursery artwork and decor? Let little accessories do the work. Create a blank, gender-neutral slate by painting the walls a fresh white. Then, install floating shelves, and deck them out with your favorite colorful items. Think books, shoes, stuffed animals, small prints and toys.
Leafy + Lively
Tropical patterns, like the leafy one in this nursery, are perfect for parents who crave color for their gender-neutral space. After all, vibrant green leaves don’t read boy or girl; they simply read happy. Mix in natural materials like wicker and rattan for a truly tropical vibe.
Take a look at this darling nursery if you’ve always assumed blue means boy. The room’s charming, cottage-inspired design could easily work for a little lady or gentleman. To recreate the room in your own home, start with a traditional white crib, and add pretty blue accents in various patterns. Classic varieties like florals and stripes work well for this look.
Coastal and industrial styles meet in this one-of-a-kind nursery. The color palette is kept soft, creamy and neutral so as not to detract from the room’s calm, beachy vibe. Design a similar space by embracing a comparable color palette, industrial furnishings and coastal artwork and accessories.