10 Tips for Creating Gorgeous, Gender-Neutral Nurseries

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Whether you’re going for a touch of sophistication, creating a shared space, or holding your breath for a big day surprise, a gender-neutral nursery is an excellent choice.

Modern and versatile, neutral nurseries have never been more chic. Gone are the days of lacy yellow everything; today’s gender neutral is clean, bright, and beautiful, boasting a winning combo of Boho charm and Scandinavian-inspired practicality.

Wondering how to get the right look? Create a stylish and inviting nursery for your little one with these helpful tips!

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    Keep It Simple

    Modern, gender-neutral nursery
    Project Nursery

    When it comes to gender-neutral spaces, simple is chic.

    Minimalist nurseries, like this bright and modern space featured on Project Nursery, keep clutter at bay while emphasizing clean lines and natural textures. An oversized plant and a statement-making rug in neutral black and white add a touch of drama, giving the room plenty of punch without compromising its understated appeal.

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    Focus on Play

    Gender-neutral, Nordic nursery
    Lynzy & Co.

    Fun meets function is this charmingly Nordic gender-neutral nursery space from Lynzy & Co.

    Clean white walls and simple décor put emphasis on childhood treasures and whimsical accessories, encouraging imaginative play. Practical details such as open shelving, easy-access bins, and reachable storage hooks allow kids to play independently, creating a functional, kid-friendly space that any child would enjoy.

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    Go Boho

    Boho-inspired, gender-neutral nursery
    Project Nursery

    With its earthy, laid-back approach and fresh, modern vibe, Boho Chic is the perfect style for a gender-neutral nursery.

    Eclectic and entirely personal, Boho combines Bohemian traditions with contemporary style, creating a cleaner, more casual aesthetic. (Think rich textures, patterned elements, and pops of bold color set against a clean, modern background.)

    This Boho beauty, spotted on Project Nursery, boasts a stark, black and white accent wall softened with natural woods and cozy textures. A bevy of natural plants —another Boho staple—adds the perfect touch of earthy charm.

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    Bring the Outside in

    Contemporary, woodland-themed nursery with soft accents
    Bri.willi_/Instagram

    Looking for the perfect gender-neutral nursery theme? Look outside! There’s nothing like a little nature to sooth the soul. Whether you find your inspiration at the beach, in the mountains, or under the canopy of a tropical jungle, you’re certain to create a space your little one will love.

    With its striking black and white birch-print wallpaper, rich, natural textures, and furry forrest friends, this contemporary woodland nursery from Instagram exudes warmth and coziness, inviting the pint-sized outdoor adventurer to curl up, get comfy, and stay awhile.

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    Create Coziness with Layered Textures

    Neutral white on white nursery with cozy textures
    Kelly Nan Designs

    Ever wondered what makes those professionally decorated, pin-worthy neutral spaces so warm and inviting? Chances are, it’s the clever use of rich and varied texture. Textured elements create visual interest and soften the starkness of modern spaces. We are naturally drawn to them, thus a room full of them draws us in.

    Just take this gorgeous nursery space from Kelley Nan Interiors. Layer upon layer of soft, visually stimulating texture softens and enhances this all-white space, taking it from blah to breathtaking.

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    Play with Pattern

    Black and white boho nursery with tribal-pattern accent wall
    Ash ‘n’ Fasn

    Pattern is another underrated element. A dramatic patterned accent, such as a feature wall or even a rug, can anchor an entire room, adding color or creating visual weight in its place.

    This bright and beautiful nursery room from Ash ‘n’ Fasn uses a dense, tribal-inspired patterned wallpaper to pull focus and create drama without introducing color. A hand-woven rug in an airier, large-scale Aztec pattern compliments the accent wall without making the space look overly busy.

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    Make it Monochrome

    Black and white nursery with graphic star print wallpaper
    WinterDaisyKids/Instagram

    In many ways, black and white is the perfect palette for a gender-neutral space, providing dramatic contrast and naturally emphasizing graphic and patterned design elements.

    Spotted on Instagram, this whimsical black and white nursery uses its monochrome color palette to tie together varied patterned and graphic-based accents, creating a playful and visually stimulating design that would be perfect for a little boy or girl.

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    Choose a Statement-Making Neutral

    Boho nursery with dark green accent wall
    Always Facing West/ Instagram

    Need a little color in your life? Try opting for a statement-making neutral like dark green or muted navy. Versatile and gender-neutral, these rich shades amp up the drama in neutral spaces, adding warmth and visual interest.

    This charming gender-neutral Instagram find rocks a bold green feature wall paired with natural wood accents and a gorgeous hand-woven rug, creating a space that’s simple and yet stylishly compelling. 

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    Opt for an Earthy Green

    Boho nursery in a neutral sage green
    DIY in PDX

    If you prefer a more subtle approach but are itching to get some color on the walls, consider going with a soft mossy green or a muted sage. Fresh and gender-neutral, these versatile shades go with practically anything, offering a beautiful alternative to grey or greige.

    With its soothing sage walls and rich greenery, this sun-drenched gender-neutral nursery room from DIY in PDX is the ultimate in earthy, Boho-inspired style.

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    Use a Rainbow of Color

    Modern, rainbow-themed nursery
    Studio DIY

    Craving some real drama? Introducing a rainbow of color to a simple all-white space can really pack a punch without compromising a gender-neutral approach.

    Playful and eclectic, this simple, all-white nursery space from Studio DIY bursts with energizing color and perfectly curated accessories, proving once again that good design is all in the details.