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Black + White + All the Colors Gender Neutral Nursery


While I was pregnant, my husband and I decided early on to wait until our baby's birth to find out the gender. Because of this, deciding how to decorate a nursery was a bit of a challenge. Neutrals are great, but being someone who loves color and lots of it, I knew an all white and gray nursery wasn't for me. I decided to decorate the nursery in black, white, and grey with lots of patterns and textures and throw in the whole color wheel to brighten things up.

Design Inspiration

Geometric shapes, lots of pattern and texture, and bright colors

Decorating Style

My decorating style is eclectic. You won't find two pieces of furniture that are the same in our home, and I never buy furniture in sets. I love incorporating old and new, and the items in our nursery are a mix of new purchases, repurposed items from elsewhere in our home, and antique pieces.

Favorite Items

My favorite items would have to be the Little Lamb Play Mat and the drawer knobs on baby Miles's dresser. The play mat was handmade by my mother and grandmother, so it is extra special and just too cute. Bonus: we can use it as a rug or bathmat once baby outgrows it! The dog and cat drawer knobs were an Anthropologie purchase - the dresser was a little vanilla for my taste, and these knobs were the perfect quirky accent to add some personality to this piece.


Think and look outside the box! Just because it's a nursery doesn't mean you're bound to baby decor. Look beyond baby and kid exclusive websites for furniture and accent pieces - steal items from other places in your home, go antiquing, and if you can't find what you want, take a trip to the hardware store and make it! The twin bed in the room was an antique piece that my mom purchased 30 years ago; the bookcase is actually a 1950s china cabinet I found at an antique store; and the changing tray on top of the dresser was built by my dad in a day for about $60. The mirror, many of the frames, and the "You are My Sunshine" print were all repurposed from other places in our home.