Baby, Baby – Gender Neutral Nursery Designs

Designing a baby nursery can be so much fun. However, for parents who are keeping the baby’s sex a surprise or want to reuse the room for future siblings, planning a gender neutral nursery can sometimes be a design challenge. A good starting place when creating a unisex nursery is to select a soothing color palette. Browsing crib bedding, artwork or taking cues from nature may help get your creative juices flowing.

A soft yellow always makes a wonderful backdrop for your nursery. This French inspired nursery is warming and soothing in a golden yellow monochromatic color scheme. The chandelier is gorgeous – works for a boy or girl. Wouldn’t you agree?

Yellow is also great when combined with accent colors. In this case shades of green are added to create an analogous color scheme. This nursery was designed for my first daughter – thinking someday we might have a son – but my second daughter used it too. The crib bedding by Wendy Bellissimo inspired the room’s color palette. And the antiqued white sleigh crib by Ragazzi (now out of business) converted to a toddler bed which we loved. Yes, the mattress is slanted in the picture – our little one at the time had a bad case of reflux.The vintage dresser which also served as the changing table was purchased at a yard sale for two dollars (yep, that’s correct).

In this yellow nursery room South Carolina-based designer, Angie Hranowsky, adds accents of turquoise in the Roman shades, slipper chair and bed linens. Be bold with blues – they’re not just for boys anymore. Striking a perfect balance between masculinity and femininity, the soft shaggy white area rug gives the room texture and contrasts nicely with the heavy, dark wooden flooring.

Keeping the room organized and functional will help you in the long run. Hranowsky wisely adds a daybed to the nursery’s design. It will certainly come in handy for those middle of the night awakenings.
Here is a sweet nursery in beige, pale turquoise and a minty green – another great color palette for a boy or girl. Mixing patterns and textures is also a good technique when designing an interior. Here the candy striped crib skirt and ornate patterned rug work well together.

A neutral color palette is also another great choice for a unisex nursery. The simple white crib becomes the focal point with the romantic canopy framing it. I especially like the brown and white bergere chair – a little unexpected in a nursery.

The crib bedding in chocolate, butter yellow and robin’s egg blue sets the color scheme in this modern, gender neutral nursery. The wall is painted a tranquil shade of blue. A hand-painted wall mural like this one with a monkey in a tree is a darling way to incorporate nature into your design. Your little one will love it too!
For more nursery room design inspiration, you may enjoy reading Oh Boy! – Nursery Rooms or Sweet Baby – Tranquil Gender Neutral Nursery.

* images from Simplified Bee, Decor pad and Angie Hranowsky Design

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12 Responses to Baby, Baby – Gender Neutral Nursery Designs

  1. Cristin @ Simplified Bee September 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm #


    I love that crib bedding too, but do not know who makes it. I am guessing it was custom made.


  2. Janette September 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    I love the last nursery with the monkey mural. Love the neutral colors!!! By any chance do you know who makes the crib bedding?

  3. Kathy March 23, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    So beautiful and my daughter just had a little man that we have been calling “Monkey Man” since we knew he was a boy, I can't wait to show her this beautiful monkey wall.

  4. Marija February 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Found this while peeking around blogs for inspiration for a client's nursery. Great compilation! Glad I stumbled upon your blog – it's truly delightful! I love the clean, organized layout and the cohesive content – though I guess I shouldn't be surprised!! I'll be back!

  5. Holly September 6, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    What beautiful nurseries! I especially love the brown and white one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Velvet and Linen September 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    Great inspiration. Although my own nursery days have come and gone, I will keep these ideas for future client nurseries.
    Thank you!


  7. Struggler September 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Lovely. I'm not a baby-person but it makes such a change to see rooms that are not pink+chocolate or blue+chocolate !!

    I'm sure all these babies will grow up to be very stylish individuals. The second baby in particular clearly has wonderful parents. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Morning T September 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Gorgeous nurseries! I especially love the white/tan but the color combo of yellow and blue was very pretty. I am pretty tired of themed nurseries and would go with a gender neutral next time around {in my next life that is}.
    Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. pk September 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Beautiful nurseries. I love the dresser/changing table and I think the pulls were worth the splurge! Have a great weekend!

  10. Erin September 4, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    I love how chic all these nurseries are. That first one especially…so gorgeous!!

  11. Lindsay Christensen September 4, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    I love sophisticated nurseries like these – so pretty! The first one is absolutely beautiful!! Great roundup!! And thanks for visiting me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Lindsay @ Likely Design

  12. Chic Coles (Cole Design) September 4, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    I am obsessed with babies and therefore obsessed with nurseries. I am so far away from having kids (I am a senior in college) but I love to babysit. The little monkey decal is so adorable and I love the Angie Hranowsky nursery with the turquoise roman shades. I also love the “romantic canopy” framing the crib! It is all such great inspiration!