Daddy-Designed Baby’s Room

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Gender-neutral baby's room designed by a dad. Sophisticated, modern, and on a budget.

Design Inspiration

We didn't find out the sex of our baby ahead of time, so I was looking to create a gender-neutral room. I love clean, modern, sophisticated spaces and I pretty much dislike most decorations designed specifically for a baby's room. I mean, there are only so many monkeys you can put on a blanket or wall without it getting silly, right? So, with that in mind, I was trying to create a room that felt a little sophisticated and a little grown up.

Decorating Style

Modern, sleek lines, not too child-like. It's a baby's room for adults. And it's completely functional — we didn't put anything on the wall above our dresser/changing table because our son would just pee on it. :-) 

Project Details

Since one of our windows butts up right against a wall, we bought one set of curtain panels from Ikea and cut each panel in half in order to make the panels narrow and not cover up too much of the windows. Then, we had four panels to use for two windows, which also saved money.

Favorite Items

I love the "family tree" wall sticker that I got from Etsy. I also love the pillow on the gliding chair from Bed Bath and Beyond and the light from Land of Nod.


I loved looking at Project Nursery for inspiration.


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    beautiful! We aren’t finding out the sex of our baby either so gray was also one of our options too..i think it looks great with a bright color..Wonderful job, I LOVE IT!!!

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    Dad, you rock! I just love when both parents are involved in the design of baby’s first room. The color combo and modern details are fabulous. Well done!

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    I’m working on a gender neutral nursery right now!  I love grey as a neutral base!!  Where did you get that fabulous chair?? I love it!

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    Really pretty. And the fact that it was the dad-to-be who designed the room adds extra cool points. I really love the wall decal with the integrated shelves.

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    I LOVE this room!!!!! Wonderful job!!! I wanted to know if you remembered the name of those curtains from Ikea, I really like that style and color??? Thanks!

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    I’m sorry, cjfnursery, I don’t remember the name of the Ikea panels and I don’t see them on their website now. The panels cost $20 for two panels and they are fairly heavy fabric. Sorry I can’t be of more help. When I bought them in the store, they were definitely marked down, so maybe they are no longer being sold? I’m not sure. 

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    This is amazing. i love every last detail. Thank you for including the information on where you purchased items. I am going to attempt to replicate this.

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    Thanks so much for putting a Safe Crib in the layout. Nothing in the crib except a fitted sheet. Bumper pads, pillows, toys, etc are not safe have caused suffocation in infants.

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    This is outstanding … I love the bright accent colors, how well the room is put together and especially the tree with pictures on the free-standing shelves out of the tree. What an incredible positive atmosphere for Brady and parents! Well done!

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    Beautiful room design. Love the family tree on the wall, very versatile room for either a boy or girl. Sure Brady is going to love his room as he grows up. Well done!

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    Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous! Do you remember the name of the paint used? Love the whole look. So nice!

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    Wow, am so impressed with this room, It is so serene and so NOT like your ordinary nursery,babies do not need to be surrounded in “baby” stuff and I truly believe that that babies are more comfortble in rooms that they are familiar with. I have 6 kids and not one of them had a special “baby” type Nursery…This nursery gets a “20” out of 10!!!

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    Beautiful room! Can you tell me the name of the shop on etsy for the family tree decal? Thanks!

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    Love it! Gray is such a “HOT” color right now and it looks so great with orange! I immediately thought how awesome our custom gray & orange initial rug would look in that room!

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    Love the room!!! Fantastic use of color. My daughter is having her first and was looking for something modern, fresh and unique. I am now the best grandma tobe since finding site.
    We are using your design as inspiration. Thanks for all the info on where to purchase and the paint
    Color. We are in Canada so no chance anyone will know that we copied you.
    Hope you are enjoying your new baby.

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    Do you feel like the Nod ceiling light gives off enough light in the room or is it dim? I can’t tell if there is more than one light bulb in there from their website. Love the room – great job!

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    Love this nursery and we already have a room painted gray:) My husband is deployed right now so I am trying to get everything ready for baby before her returns. I would love to know where you purchased your alphabet print? Thanks so much…..

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    if I’m not mistaken…and i don’t think I am, that is the Luca glider and ottoman by monte design

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    It gives a great amount of light. We added a dimmer switch to the wall switch, too, to make it darker in the room at night.

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