Gender Neutral Nursery Themes

Nursery room decorated with a painted desert landscape with toys, wooden crib and dresser

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Waiting on a delivery day surprise? Don't let the waiting game spoil your decorating plans! These sweet, creative and completely gender-neutral nursery themes are perfect for a boy or girl. Just pick your favorite and start dreaming!

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    Big Sky

    Big Sky Nursery Theme
    Ruth Eileen Photography/Apartment Therapy​

    Tuck your little dreamer in under a cheerful night sky full of soft, glowing stars, gentle moonbeams, and sweet, puffy clouds. Want to give your nursery dreamscape a little extra shimmer? Go glam with metallic touches, such as metallic print wallpaper, foil-print artwork or reflective decals. Just take a look at this dreamy nursery featured on Apartment Therapy. It's absolutely perfect, isn't it?

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    Woodland Wonder

    Woodland Fox Nursery
    Heather Carraway Photography/Project Nursery

    Introduce your little one to the great outdoors with a rustic, woodland-themed nursery. Recreate a cozy cabin in the woods, or set up a fun camping scene featuring all your favorite forest friends. This snug nursery from Project Nursery shows everything we love about this theme. This is also a great choice for those looking for budget-friendly options.

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    Under the Sea

    Orange and Aqua Beach Nursery
    Little Crown Interiors/Project Nursery

    Whether you prefer a beach-chic abode, a preppy nautical theme, or a whimsical take on life under the waves, the ocean offers a whole other world of nursery inspiration! This bright coral nursery from Little Crown Interiors captures the theme just right. Bright and cheery colors warm up the space that's sure to be a haven for you and your little one!

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    Little Traveler

    Little Traveler themed nursery
    The Handmade Home

    Want to share your wanderlust with your little one? Consider a travel-themed nursery like this quirky one from The Handmade Home. Think maps, modes of transportation and fun details like tickets and steamer trunks. You can even throw in a trinket or two from your own international adventures!

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    Arctic Adventure

    Arctic Adventure
    The Animal Print Shop

    Take your little explorer on an expedition to the top of the world with a wintery nursery inspired by the Great White North. This frosty nursery from The Animal Print Shop features a chalkboard paint wall. Not only is it great for decorating, but it can turn into an art or learning station for your child. Your little one can learn to write their ABCs or draw spaceships and aliens! The possibilities are endless.

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    Up, Up, and Away

    Up, Up and Away! carnival theme nursery
    Elle T Interior Design/Project Nursery

    A hot-air balloon may not be the most convenient way to travel, but it’s definitely the cutest! Balloon-themed nurseries are really taking off, and hot-air balloon motifs are popping up on everything from wallpaper to bedding. Just take a look at this whimsical nursery from Elle T Interior Design.

    Know your way around a DIY? Creative projects like homemade mobiles will take your heart up, up and away!

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    Under the Big Top

    Vintage Circus Nursery
    Classy Clutter

    Life with kids is a circus! Why not set the scene with a circus-themed nursery like this one from Classy Clutter? Whether you prefer a vintage affair or something a tad more whimsical, a circus or carnival-themed nursery may be just the ticket to the nursery of your dreams. Not convinced? Try a show-stopping ceiling in ​a circus-inspired room!

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    Geo-Centric Nursery

    Geo Haven Nursery
    Courtney Eads/Project Nursery

    Prefer a modern nursery? Give your design some shape! Try a triangle motif, or a bold, geometric accent wall, or make a statement with a modern, geometric light fixture. You can even include a few DIY details, by making your own mobile or a focal piece. This funky nursery from Courtney Eads features a stunning geometric area rug that draws the room together. 

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    Storybook Classics

    Storybook-Themed Nursery
    Anita Roll Murals/Project Nursery

    Looking for nursery inspiration? Look no further than your favorite childhood storybook! Classic titles like “The Cat and the Hat,” “Winnie the Pooh,” and “Peter Rabbit” make wonderful nursery themes.

    That said, stay away from elaborate murals and over-the-top theming. To create a look that lasts, opt for clean and neutral décor, and throw in a handful of creative tributes, such as a set of framed storybook prints or a popular quote. This lively nursery from Anita Roll Murals features "Oh the Places You'll Go" effortlessly without being over the top.

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    Letter Love

    Alphabet Play Wall
    Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration

    A classic alphabet theme is a great choice for a gender-neutral nursery, especially if you love vintage designs. (Vintage flashcards and pages from vintage primer books make beautiful wall decor!) Looking for a fun way to teach your little one their ABCs? Your toddler will love spelling out words on an oversized, magnetic letter-play wall like this one from Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration.

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    Soft Hues

    Cream, white, blue modern nursery
    Chris Loves Julia

    Blue doesn't have to be just for boys. This traditionally "male" color can work for any gender when paired with similarly pastel hues like gray and cream. This marvelous nursery from Chris and Julia is simply serene.