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How to Design a Nursery to Work for a Boy or a Girl

In case you didn’t know, I’ve been offering my e-Design services through Project Nursery, and today I’m revealing one of my latest projects—it was such a fun one! The customer wasn’t finding out the gender in advance but wanted to have options for both a boy and a girl. What I typically do in these situations is create most of the nursery fully gender neutral, so things like the crib, changing table and glider can all be chosen in advance.

With this nursery, she knew she wanted some blue either way, so I was able to choose some other items like the rug and some accessories as well that will stay no matter what the gender is. Then I chose some decor that would be gender specific to add in at the last minute, and I created two e-Design options for her. First, the floor plan had to be done. She sent in her measurements and photos to me, and I created a custom floor plan with all the items I knew she wanted in the space. This is such an important part of the process since it allows me to see the size of products that will fit, make sure things are in a safe locations, and give my customers a visual so they understand how things will work.

Nursery E-Design Floor Plan

After the nursery floor plan is approved, I move on to the fun part—designing the space! I searched for the best options based upon her questionnaire answers, budget and inspiration photos, and put together the two design board options. Here’s the first option, which would be for a boy. The main furniture items and some other decor would remain the same either way.

Boy Nursery E-Design BoardGender Neutral Item Sources: Crib | Changing Table | Rug | Glider | Ottoman | Side Table | Mirror | Curtains | Light Fixture | White/Blue Basket | Blue Quilt | Gold Mobile | Small Lamp | Horse Art | Sheep Plush

Boy Item Sources: Wall Mural | Ivory Throw | Leather Pillow | Blue Frame

Here’s the second option, for a girl. I switched out some of the decor items for pieces in blush, a color I knew she loved, and everything else would remain the same. I chose a wallpaper design that came in multiple colors, so the overall concept wouldn’t change too much.

Girl Nursery E-Design BoardGirl Item Sources: Wall Mural | Pink Throw | Pink Pillow | Pink Frame

I absolutely love how this design came out! Gender neutral nurseries are more and more popular these days, and designing for a surprise is a lot of fun.

Want your own nursery or kid’s room e-design? Check out Project Nursery’s Design Services!

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