Gender-neutral nursery inspiration: Tips from an interior designer

Pregnant Woman Holding A Cot Mobile Toy, Preparing Nursery Bedroom
Why limit yourself to just pink or blue? (Picture: Getty Images)

Putting a nursery together is such an exciting prospect for expectant parents.

But deciding on what decor and theme to go with can be tough when there are so many options out there.

Choosing pink for girls and blue for boys is a bit tired – and why enforce gender stereotypes on a baby?

If you want to be a bit more inventive with your kid’s room, we’ve got some tips and ideas from interior designer Sylvia James.

A night sky theme

Who doesn’t love stargazing? Using a night sky motif is pretty and has the added bonus of giving your baby something mesmerising to look at from their crib.

‘You can either create a whole ceiling filled with glow-in-the-dark fixtures, stencil them onto your walls or hang them from the crib,’ suggests Sylvia.

‘By opting for a gold or silver base, it will give the nursery a vintage feel.’

nursery with planet mobile
A night sky theme is a great shout (Picture: Getty Images)

Rainbow polka dots

If you’re looking for something with a bit of whimsy, colourful polka dots is a very fun option for your baby.

Sylvia says: ‘This is an enjoyable way for babies to absorb their surroundings and add an element of fun into the room.

‘The best thing about rainbow polka dots is that they provide a highlight of colour rather than a solid colour on a wall. The easiest way to create a statement polka dot wall is by using wall stickers, making updating even quicker.’

Toddler reaching in crib trying to touch newborn baby's head
Yellow is gender-neutral and adorable (Picture: Getty Images/Cavan Images RF)

Opt for yellow

If you’re looking for a colour scheme, Sylvia recommends a nice ‘mellow yellow’.

‘Not only is the colour soothing, but it is associated with happiness and memory stimulation,’ she adds.

‘The colour is available in many shades, such as a buttery shade that resemble a barely-there feel. When it comes to colour, a little goes a long way.

‘If you want your room to remain plain, you can instead add yellow statement pieces throughout the nursery instead. You could opt for a yellow changing mat or mustard rugs.’

painted wooden surface. yellow color. Varnishing natural wood with paint brush.
Go for a sunny yellow shade (Picture: Getty Images)

Add greenery

We know that plants are great for wellbeing no matter how old you are, so why not pop a few in your nursery?

‘You can either purchase a tall fig plant and place it near the crib or buy a botanical blanket for styling,’ Sylvia recommends. ‘Pops of green are a perfect addition for a gender-neutral nursery as it brings texture and life into the room.

‘Hanging baskets create extra dimension and bring the outdoors in.’


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Don’t feel like you have to break the mould

If in doubt, remember that you can keep the nursery in line with the rest of the house’s decor.

You can use little touches instead to make the room baby-friendly.

‘If your bedrooms and hallway have a cream theme, use this in the nursery too,’ Sylvia said.

‘You can add extra flair by having stuffed animals and decorative textured walls in the room.’

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