Designing a gender neutral nursery with furniture in classic designs and incorporating simple accessories will easily allow the addition of color and pattern to be added once your little one arrives.
There is nothing quite as sweet as designing a space for a little one. Whether it’s a nursery, bedroom or play space, it is so rewarding to pour your heart into the process of creating a room that will be loved and appreciated and perfectly reflects the personality of the little ones meant to enjoy it.
I’ve recently designed a “big girl” bedroom for our daughter after we transitioned her out of her nursery, as well as a family room and playroom for our growing family. Both of these spaces were so much fun to complete and really let me expand my ideas around design and have fun with elements I wouldn’t typically use in the main living space of our home.
So when we found out we were expecting Baby #2, I was ready to pour my energy into creating a brand new nursery for our newest family member.
During both of my pregnancies, we decided not to find out the gender of our babies. With our firstborn, it was an easy decision. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be surprised, even though it took a bit of convincing for Nick. Our friends and family, and even some strangers were surprised we weren’t finding out, especially because I am such a planner. But I insisted we wait until that sweet baby of ours was placed on my chest to find out if we had welcomed a baby girl or a baby boy into our family. And I am so happy we did, finding out at the moment added even more emotion and joy to an already amazing experience.
But this time around the tables had turned. Nick was sure we should wait to find out if our oldest was going to have a baby sister or brother, but I needed a bit of convincing. As much as I loved the surprise the first time, I was thinking in terms of planning. We had a whole nursery full of everything a sweet little girl would need, from sleepers and blankets to soothers and toys. If we were having another girl I could unpack and organize everything, but if it was a boy we were having I’d get a head start on shopping. In the end, we decided we wanted to experience that incredible anticipation again and so we waited.
That also meant I needed to forgo the idea of a pink or blue nursery and focus on creating a space that was neutral.
And it is very neutral!
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I really struggled with designing a neutral space again this time, I kind of had my heart set on a gender-specific nursery. I had so many ideas I wanted to incorporate, but it seemed all of those ideas were dependent on the gender of our baby. I thought about waiting until we had our little one to start decorating the nursery, but I knew in those sleep-deprived first few months with a newborn we wouldn’t be in the right state of mind to think about decorating. I also knew I wanted to be somewhat organized and ready to welcome our baby home. And then I had an idea…
I would design a nursery that was neutral enough to add color and personality to it once our baby arrived. So I set to work designing and decorating a space that felt finished and complete, a space that we could truly enjoy in the months after bringing our baby home. But it would also allow me to easily update it when we were ready to finalize the nursery for either a baby girl or a baby boy.
Now, if you follow us on Instagram, you may know that our sweet baby arrived a little earlier than planned…you can check out this post to see if we will be adding pink or blue to our nursery in the coming months!