Guest blogger, Kaitlin Krull, is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. Her writing is featured on Modernize.com and a number of home decor sites around the web. She can also be found blogging from time to time on her personal blog, A Vicar’s Wife.
Nursery design has come a long way from the knitted afghans and wooden cribs of our youth, but it can be hard to decide what kind of decor you want for your baby’s bedroom. It can be even harder if you want to decorate a gender neutral sleep space. Stores are lined with pink and blue blankets, sheets, and accessories, and it seems as if there is nothing in between. If you’re struggling to decorate your own gender-neutral nursery, take a look at these beautiful spaces that would be perfect for baby boys and girls alike.
Bright, bold colors
Nothing says playful and child friendly like bold, bright colors. There is much more to nursery decor than shades of pink and blue so don’t be afraid to branch out into other primary and secondary colors. This bright green crib pops in its surroundings and becomes the focal point of the room.
For most of us, nurseries are all about comfort. Play with the texture of blankets, upholstery, and rugs to create a soft, cozy space for your little ones to recharge. When you’re choosing rugs and other fabrics, stick to organic cottons and natural fibers for the best in quality, sustainability, and softness.
Stripes, chevrons, and spots—patterns
No one ever said walls have to be painted a solid color. If you have a steady hand and lots of patience, you can recreate this horizontal striped room in any color combination you like to add to the playful feel of your little one’s nursery. Play around with patterns, mixing and matching stripes, polka dots, and chevrons for an individual style your baby will love.
Modern art prints
If you want to stay away from Disney characters, pretty princesses, and jungle animal wall decals, decorate your walls with modern art prints instead. There are plenty of popular, child friendly pieces that would add color and sophistication to your baby’s room. Modern art is a particularly good choice for babies and children because of its frequent use of large shapes and bright colors, so don’t be afraid to choose an abstract Miró or cubist Picasso print to adorn your nursery walls.
Retro and vintage furniture
Although babies aren’t really tuned into the latest trends, if you equip your nursery with a few pieces of retro or vintage furniture, you will have a seriously hip kid. There are plenty of shabby chic items in stores today, but if you want to give your pieces a true DIY makeover, buy used items yourself from a flea market or thrift shop and upcycle them yourself.
Traditional wooden toy display
The great thing about using toys as decorations is that they don’t have to be tidied away into boxes after playtime. Spend a little more on quality wooden toys and save a few dollars on decor. Choose from a variety of your own childhood favorites or shop locally or online for handcrafted, one of a kind pieces.
Less nursery, more grown up home decor
Many style-conscious new parents dream that their children will leave little physical mark on their homes. While no one can guarantee a tidy, clutter free house with kids, give your kids a sophisticated start in life with adult friendly, chic bedroom decorations. Clean, comfortable sofas instead of nursing chairs and heirloom dressers instead of changing tables will help your nursery fit right into the rest of your stylish home.
After your nursery is decorated and filled to the brim with baby supplies, you might think you’ve finished. Brighten up your baby’s room—literally—with clever, creative light fixtures. String fairy lights safely out of baby’s reach or choose from a variety of unique hanging light covers. This small step will instantly give your nursery the extra lift and final touch it needs.