Gender Neutral Nursery

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We had a really hard time finding crib sets that were gender neutral, and I knew I didn't want to use brown at all. I really fell in love with these shades of teal/turquoise/aqua, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the nursery. We decided to paint the walls two shades of grey, separated by a white chair rail. We added the orange/yellow artwork to include a splash of more vibrate color. I think I will still add some poms to the ceiling on the crib side to balance it out a bit.

Design Inspiration

It started when I came across the curtains, which are from Urban Outfitters. Once I decided on that, I had to find a crib bedding set that matched. The one I found is from Land of Nod (although I scored it on craigslist for about $70).  The hardware on the dresser, changing table, and cupboard doors are from anthropologie. The most difficult part was finding gender-neutral options I liked. Everything either screams boy or girl, I guess we're one of the last couples on team green!!

Decorating Style

A little bit of everything, although I tend to be drawn to classic and vintage pieces.

Project Details

All the furniture is from JCPenney. We painted the backs of the bookshelf and changing table to give it more color, I love how it turned out. The great thing is, we painted the backs, so if we ever want to change it back all we have to do is flip it around. The hardware is from anthropologie, curtains and smaller circle rug are from Urban Outfitters. Large rug is from Home Depot. Most of the other accessories (baskets, lamp, ottoman) are from either Target (dorm essentials!) or Kohl's. We added the "clothesline" so we could hang my nieces' and nephews' artwork, which adds another dimension to the room. Most of the items in the room (including the furniture) we got on clearance, so we were able to keep the cost down quite a bit. We went with two different shades of gray (Behr- Home Depot), using the lighter shade on top. The lighting fixture is also from Home Depot. My sister-in-law made the growth chart, but I've seen similar ones on etsy.

Favorite Items

I'd have to say the curtains. I love the colors, and that they are not babyish at all. We can totally use them in a different room later if we'd like!


Look for items outside of the "nursery" section. We knew we'd want something that would outlast the baby stage, and I think we did pretty good at that!


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    I like the simplicity and the clean, non-cluttered effect of this nursery. I like the clothesline, too, for artworks. Congratulations on your baby!

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    Love it! We are searching for gender neutral ideas too and it is hard! We don’t want it to be to “babyish” so that the room can grow with our child as he/she gets older. I love what you have done. It’s been hard to figure out what to do since almost everything is boy or girl. Thanks for your inspiration! Gorgeous!

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