Whether you’re waiting for the birth of your baby before finding out the sex or simply want a nursery that will grow with your expanding family, a gender-neutral option is definitely the way to go. In the past this meant a heavy focus on white and natural hues, but not anymore, there’s a growing trend for unisex nurseries where clever colours work for everyone and furnishings are designed to engage and excite your baby. This new style features soft shades for walls, accented with bold and bright pops of colour.
Here’s 6 steps to create a bright and colourful nursery:
1 // NEUTRAL PAINT SCHEME
It’s official, grey is the new white. So if you want to play it safe when stepping away from the conventional base colour, choose a neutral colour palette and look for muted pastel shades like mint greens, soft yellows or duck-egg blue.
2 // UNISEX STORAGE
Keep toys, books and other accessories as tidy as possible with bright, cheerful colours and unique designs. We love the retro shape of this set of versatile shelving which is vibrant and perfect for the modern home, but we equally love the idea and practicality behind pegboards which are cropping up in nurseries everywhere right now.
3 // WONDERFUL WALLS
The walls of the nursery set the tone for the room, so this is where you can make you fresh new statement. Opt for a gender-neutral wallpaper or wall vinyls and adorn painted walls with prints, posters and other fun accessories. We love these caterpillar hooks which come in a variety of primary colours and have a special design feature which allows the hooks to face backwards making it safe for use in a nursery or kid’s room.
4 // NURSERY NECESSITIES
Nursery furniture doesn’t have to be white or wooden, but if you would prefer to stick with those shades then look for cots etc in a different style to the norm like this Sebra one which is oval in shape. Experiment with a range of primary colours and unisex shades like red, yellow, green and blue. We particularly love this green Farg Form changing mat and Ubbiworld nappy bin.
5 // COLOURFUL COT TOYS
Activity spirals are traditionally used on prams and car seats but they work just as easily on cots and they’re great for your baby’s learning and development. Mobiles are great for soothing babies to sleep with lullabies and we love this Skip Hop Zoo mobile which has 4 brightly coloured hanging toys and rotates slowly to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle.
6 // FINISHING TOUCHES
Just because you have a little girl, doesn’t mean she has to be surrounded by pink and princess paraphernalia, just as a boy doesn’t have to have dinosaur and blue decor. There are so many gender-neutral soft furnishings and decorative toys that your nursery will be a happy and stylish haven for both brothers and sisters.