Whether you’re looking forward to a big surprise on the day you give birth, crave a nursery with a touch of sophistication or simply want to steer clear of cliches, a gender-neutral nursery is an excellent choice.
Yet, sometimes avoiding the cliches and designing a space that’s fit for your new arrival is harder than you’d think. Although it may be tempting to rush the job and go for the “it’ll do” approach, it’s worth taking the time to design something extra special. Especially as you’ll be spending a lot of time in your new nursery!
If you’re struggling to create a gender-neutral nursery that leaves you feeling calm and happy, read on.
Things to consider:
- Your furniture choices
When it comes to furniture, less is more! Rather than trying to incorporate too much colour, try to keep to a neutral palette, simple lines and an overarching theme.
The furniture is likely to be the biggest investment in the nursery, so it’s a good idea to choose quality items that are comfortable and robust. Once you’ve got your basics, you can start adding the finishing touches such as rugs and storage accessories.
Furniture doesn’t come cheap, so it’s important to consider your finances and make reasonable decisions based on your budget. You may also want to think about what you can afford in the long run, especially with living costs on the rise.
- The colour scheme
Just because your nursery is gender-neutral, that doesn’t mean it has to be void of fun and colour!
When considering your colour scheme, try to tie the decor into the rest of your home. Colours like yellow, white, brown, green and orange are all suitable choices that won’t appear too cliched.
If you’re not sure which colour to choose as your accent, try to see where else you have used these brighter tones and mirror the design to improve the flow of your home.
- Incorporating play
Your nursery should help improve a child’s learning. As such, it’s important to add in some toys that will help with their social development, communication and language skills.
A good place to start is with some good books. Reading is scientifically proven to help your child’s ongoing development and can even help babies when they are learning to speak, so it’s essential to leave some room for literature in your nursery. Once you’ve completed your reading corner, consider some toys that will help encourage your little one to problem solve using their senses.
The bottom line…
Although it’s an exciting time when you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of your newborn, it can also be stressful. With so much to think about, the décor of your nursery shouldn’t be adding to the list of stressors! Luckily, by following the above steps, you can create a chic, gender-neutral nursery that’ll serve you and your child for years to come.