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7 Gender Neutral Nursery Ideas

You don't need to stick to pink and blue when decorating your baby's room. Whether you're unsure of your baby's gender or simply wish to avoid stereotypes, there are simple ways to create a unisex space. Keep reading for Pottery Barn Kids' top tips for creating a gender neutral nursery.

1. Select a Gender Neutral Theme

The first step in decorating a gender neutral nursery is to choose a neutral theme. A few fun themes to consider are rainbows, sunshine, animals, nature and sheep. Children's books can also provide plenty of inspiration for a gender neutral nursery. Once you've chosen a theme for your nursery, you can begin shopping for bedding, furniture and decorative accents that tie into the theme.

2. Choose a Gender Neutral Color Scheme

Use light, neutral colors like beige, dove grey and tan to create a calming, gender-neutral environment for your baby. Pale greens, purples and yellows also make great alternatives to the stereotypical pink and blue nursery colors. Try a monochromatic scheme, using different hues of the same color, to give the room a contemporary feel. If you can't decide on a single color (or even two), use a color wheel to select a combination of complementary or contrasting tones. How many colors you use is up to you, but keep in mind that the more colors you use, the less gender-specific the room will be. A few interesting color combinations to consider are grey and yellow, teal and coral and aqua and brown.

3. Personalize the Space with Wall Art

Gender neutral doesn't have to mean boring. Wallpaper, murals, wall decals and stenciled lettering are just a few ways to add a touch of personality to the room. Another great way to make use of wall space is to create a gallery wall consisting of both functional and decorative elements, like artwork, floating shelves and shadow boxes. When hanging items on the wall, it's important to place heavy or breakable items out of your child's reach. If hanging a wall display over a changing table or a dresser, leave at least eight inches of space between the bottom of the display and the top of the furniture.

4. Energize the Room with Decorative Accents

To give the room a cohesive feel, choose a focal piece to decorate around. For example, if you like a certain piece of artwork, choose complementary colors for bedding, rugs, throw pillows and other accents. If you can't decide on an object to use as a focal point, match the decorative accents to the furniture. Painting a mural is another way to create a focal point in a room. Choose curtains, sheets and other decorations that fit the theme of the mural.

5. Have Fun with Patterns

Don't be afraid to mix and match bold patterns; this is a child's room, after all! Some gender neutral patterns to consider are stripes, polka dots, plaid, geometric shapes, animal prints and letters. The trick to mixing-and-matching patterns without making the room feel too "busy" is to keep your main furnishings neutral. This also allows you to easily swap out decorative pieces as your child grows and his or her tastes mature. Another way to easily incorporate patterns in your decorating is to choose bed linens, throw cushions and curtains printed with unisex motifs.

6. Think Timeless

One of the easiest ways to decorate a gender neutral nursery is to decorate it in the same style as the rest of the home. Doing so will give the space a more sophisticated, "adult" feel. Decorating the nursery to match the rest of your interior design is also a good idea if you plan to convert the space into a guest room or home office once your baby has grown.

7. Use Splashes of Color to Brighten the Room

If you can't decide on a theme or color palette for your nursery, consider decorating in neutral colors like grey, light grey or beige and use decorative accents to add splashes of color to the space. You could, for example, paint the walls taupe and decorate with aqua rugs, artwork and curtains.

Creating a gender neutral nursery isn't as difficult as it may seem. With a little planning and creativity, you can design a chic, unisex room for your baby. Follow the tips above to design a space that the whole family will enjoy spending time in.

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