Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery
I sincerely believe that the thought of creating a gender-neutral nursery terrifies a fair amount of people into finding out the sex of their baby before he or she is born. How can you decorate for a boy and a girl, after all? I have a hard enough time balancing the masculine and feminine touches in mine and my husband’s apartment in an attempt to make sure we’re both satisfied with our surroundings. So when we decided not to find out the sex of our baby, I knew I had my work cut out for me in the nursery decor department.
Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery: White, Gray & Gold
Initially you think you only have a couple of options: yellow, gray, or gray and yellow. Seeing as though I’ve accented throughout our apartment with this color combination, I knew I wanted to steer clear of it. Not because I don’t like it, but because I didn’t want to be living in a sea of gray and yellow in every room I entered.
After turning to Pinterest for inspiration, I discovered that there actually are more options. Mint, black and white, gray and gold, white and gold, and turquoise among others all make for beautiful gender neutral nurseries. I landed on a white, gray and gold combo after deciding that white and gold alone may be a little too feminine. Using this color combination also allows for some flexibility in accenting with more feminine or masculine colors after the baby arrives. Adding little pops of pink, coral, blue or green will be easy to do and will fit in well with the neutral palette I selected.
I knew that I would have to balance the gray and gold and combine them very carefully in order to achieve the look and feel I was going for. I started with the furniture, then selected bedding and a few prints to start out. Piecing it together little by little over time seemed to work best instead of purchasing/registering for everything at once without knowing how it would fit together. This did require some patience on my part, but in the end I’m glad I took my time.
Adding the gold touches turned out to be a little more challenging than I had originally anticipated. This required a little DIY work in a few areas. First, I switched out the original white knobs on the dresser for gold ones. I really wanted a gold “M” above the bed (our boy and girl names both start with “M”, luckily), but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I ended up purchasing a paper mache “M” from Joann’s and spray painting it gold. I was also really hoping to find a gold curtain rod, but this proved to be nearly impossible. I ended up buying a silver one, and my mom was kind enough to spray paint it gold for me. She also painted the white and gold side table for me, as it was originally a dark brown color.
Designing the nursery has been one of the most fun parts of pregnancy for me. There were definitely moments of feeling overwhelmed, moments of learning to be flexible, and moments of feeling like it would never actually come together. Despite missing just a couple of finishing touches, though, it has come together. And yes, I know my baby will have no idea how his or her room is decorated, nor will he or she care. But I feel better knowing we’ll be bringing our baby home into a place that so much thought and love has gone into, and that definitely matters too.