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Keeping it Neutral

Many parents like to wait to find out the sex of their baby. It is for those parents that I present this post on the art of creating a stylish nursery in a neutral palette. Gone are the days of yellow or green being your only options. There are so many fabulous tones you can choose to create a look that can be left as is or adapted to the sex of the baby once your bundle of joy arrives.

Here’s a sneak peak at a look we did for a recent photo shoot. We chose a totally tan and neutral palette with stark white furniture so the subdued fabrics would pop. A gorgeous linen from Schumacher on the bumper gave a more modern and tailored feel to the room, yet the crystal chandelier from Curry added a more feminine element.

Metallics are also a great way to create a neutral look. Keeping the bedding elegant yet unisex can be tricky, but I think these crib sets from Angel Song are perfect for a boy or girl. Notice how the pop of color in each shot makes it more gender specific.

Serena and Lily’s Wren, one of my favorite crib sets for a gender neutral room, uses the perfect pale blue and kicks of color to create a sweet set that I think is gorgeous for either sex.

What’s your favorite look for a unisex nursery?

About the author
Michelle resides with her family in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Mom to Stella and Nate, Michelle is the owner of Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture in Greenwich CT, and Manhattan, NY, as well as the founder of baby gifting site She is also a licensed clinical social worker.
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  • Sara

    We already know that we’re having a little girl in December (our first) but I decided to do a neutral theme anyway. I’ve never been much for PINK of BLUE in a nursery. We’re doing shades of cream and white! I can’t wait until it’s all finished!

  • Mindy

    We didn’t know the sex of our first two, so we went with green and cream with touches of yellow. I’m brewin’ up number three and if I had a space to decorate, this time I would do vintage primary colors. Red, turquoise, orange, yellow, etc. I have a whole Pinterest board of inspiration. Now all I need is the room.

  • Andi

    I love the natural warm color of these rooms with the crisp white! It’s soothing and perfect for boy or girl… love your work! We carry organic nursery paints and have two colors that would make a similarly lovely combination (perch and sprinkle)!

  • Wanda

    The neutral nursery in the first photo looks gorgeous. I think neutral tones is great because it’s practical and it gets rid of cliches and color stereotypes.

  • Trina Smithson

    Even if I know the gender of my baby, I’d still go for neutrals. I’d love soft earth tones in particular. Neutrals would make everyone feel welcome.

  • Megan

    We are having a Boy in December & already had a neutral theme in the guest bedroom that we are changing into the nursery. I had a cream colored crib in storage for either a girl or boy & since then have accumulated cream & white furniture as well. I hope it all goes together! our accent colors are red & navy but still mostly cream & white…I’m making my own mobile from a paint chip idea on pinterest to hopefully tie everything together!

  • Tori

    Great for not reinforcing gender stereotypes, too! So cute.

  • HTC In Pakistan

    i like this room style.. is there girl or a boy this room is prefect for both.. the colour of room is so nice..

  • Stefanie

    I like your neutral colored rug. Where did you find it? :)

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