Trends in nursery design haven’t really changed in the past few decades. Pink for girls, blue for boys, and sometimes yellow if you’re keeping it a surprise. As the times change, so do designs and we’re definitely seeing a big shift when it comes to nurseries these days.
Today, the trend in nurseries has moved towards gender-neutral spaces. Instead of focusing on traditional boy and girl palettes, the focus is on good design. Take a look at some of our favourite gender-neutral nurseries that will give you inspiration for your own.
White & Grey
The shift in colour palette is probably the biggest change we’re seeing in nursery design lately. Traditional children’s colours are being set aside in favour of more “grown-up” colour choices. We suggest you check out Perma Child Safety’s guide to choosing baby gates where, other than talking about baby safety – it goes into the color palettes and says that soft greys and warm whites are a go-to choice because they are blank canvases that will grow with the room as your child does, and they’re also the definition of neutral. A white and grey palette also makes it easy to add pops of colour with accessories, much like the multicoloured mobile in this room.
For those who still want to have a bit of colour but not too much, trendy muted pastels are a great option. From “Millennial pink” to sage green, these softer colours can be used in any baby’s nursery. Try a statement wall or paint the whole room in these colours. They’re a safe bet as they’re neutral enough to grow with your child as they start to form opinions about how their room should look. Until then, you can enjoy looking at a more grown-up version of a nursery.
All the Colours
If the above options sound a little too boring for your taste, we think you’ll like this next one. In contrast to the muted palettes, we’re also seeing more people going all out and using every colour of the rainbow in their nurseries. If you’re looking for a bright and fun alternative, try incorporating multi-coloured accessories. Your kid’s toys and books can also be used to decorate the space. Opt for brightly coloured books to fill up spaces on a shelf or use a vintage toy as decor. You’re sure to have a fun time decorating a nursery as bright as this.
Scandinavian design is characterized by clean lines and starkly simple silhouettes. This look is often coupled with an all white and grey palette, but you can mix it up to fit your home. One way to make the colour palette more interesting is to play with different textures and finishes. This way the room has visual interest while still being neutral colours. We love how this room still looks cozy and warm while being very chic and Scandi inspired.
If you love finding old pieces and breathing new life into them, consider decorating your nursery in vintage finds. From changing tables to rocking chairs and cribs, there’s a lot of furniture that goes into your new nursery. Cut back on costs and create a unique room by refurbishing an old dresser into a changing table, similar to the picture above. The best part about taking an old piece and making it your own is that you can create the exact look you’re after.
Mid-century modern designs have been dominating design magazine and blogs for some time now, so it’s really no surprise that this style is making its way into nurseries as well. Repurpose some of your other pieces and use them in your baby’s room to create a modern look. We love how put together and grown up this nursery looks while still being kid-friendly. If you’re not one to buy into plastic “kid-sized” furniture, try incorporating more grown-up pieces to achieve this look.
No matter the gender, all kids love animals so why not take some inspiration from these fuzzy creatures and make them the theme for your nursery. We’re seeing animals being used in wallpaper, art, and decorations throughout modern gender-neutral nurseries. Safari, woodland and even circus themes are becoming more popular as parents choose to decorate their nurseries with animal themes. While a bear skin rug might be too much for your little bundle of joy, we love the use of a fabric lion rug in this nursery.
Another great gender neutral theme is adventure. What child doesn’t love spending hours playing make believe that they’re a pirate or astronaut? Embrace their imagination and help them explore the world by decorating your nursery in an adventure theme. We’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful wallpapers designed with this theme in mind. This map and airplane wallpaper is a great example of incorporating an adventure theme into a stylish and modern nursery.
Decorating your nursery should be a fun project that keeps you busy while you wait for your new family member to arrive. Remember, this will probably be the only time your nursery looks picture perfect so be sure to take pictures before baby arrives. Which of these designs is your favourite? Tell us how you’re planning to decorate your nursery in the comments below.
Featured image courtesy of A Kind Design Studio.