Posts Tagged ‘nursery design’

How to Create a Gender Neutral Nursery

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

What has become of tradition? In every walk of life, from the way we communicate to the way we dress, the old way of doing things, the traditional way, has changed. High definition TV, Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, need I say more? The world is changing, so why are we still confined to the norms of nursery design?

In this spirit, I ask you, why does a boy’s room need to be blue, or a girl‘s room pink. Why not create a gender-neutral nursery, or even a gender-neutral room that incorporates pink, blue, or both! Not crazy about the idea? Try these ideas on for size:

Color! Gender neutral used to mean shades of green and yellow but you are not confined to those traditionally neutral colors. Many of these color combinations can be tweaked to go either way (boy or girl) depending on fabric and furniture.

  • White, Ivory and Beige. Start with a neutral wall color and crib bedding set – such as Solid White, Ecru, or Organic Ivory – and accent with unexpected vibrant color.
  • Navy and White. Not just for nautical or ocean inspired nurseries, navy and white can easily be accented with green, orange or pink for a preppy or modern style nursery.
  • Tangerine and Turquoise.  This color combination looks great with pink, for a girl, or throw in blue and brown if you have a boy…or both if you have twins (one of each!)
  • Yellow and Gray.  Think beyond yellow and green and pair pastel yellow with Silver Gray and white for a modern, soft combination. Or a brighter yellow with Steel Gray for more of a contrast.
  • Turquoise and Light Lime.  This color combination can be soothing, light and airy…shown in this beautiful Turquoise Floral Fabric (more on patterns later).

Themes! Having trouble picking a gender-neutral color combination? Pick a theme – you can find inspiration from nearly anywhere; many inspirations for an entire nursery can come from a favorite decal or print.

  • Animals. Does the adorable owl in this weeDECOR wall decal speak to you? Go with owls. Or check out our Gray Zoology crib bedding set to pack more punch (or more animals). If your older children are obsessed with sock monkeys and Blabla dolls (not technically animals)…incorporate this adorable Sock Monkey fabric in your nursery design.
  • Nature. Have you fallen in love with a sweet nursery wall mural or print inspired by nature?  Use those colors and design your own set, knowing the color combination is inspired by favorite artwork.
  • Letters. The same could be true for an alphabet inspired nursery…you may love the look of wooden letters or Custom Wooden Alphabet Wall Art on the wall. And you will be amazed how your little one will enjoy it too in a few years upon recognition.

Patterns! Sure there are some traditionally gender neutral patterns…such as geometrics, dots & stripes, toiles, and damask, but let’s think outside the box. What about florals and paisleys?  Traditionally these patterns have leaned towards feminine designs, but we’ve found that there are ways to include floral (aka fancy foliage) or paisley patterns in a gender neutral nursery.  Many patterns that lean one way (feminine) or another (masculine), can work by accenting with a neutral or opposite gender color, material, or pattern.

The great thing about creating a nursery these days, is there is no “right way” and your options are almost limitless. You really can choose palettes that reflect your style and fit in with the décor of the rest of the home. Enough about what we think, what do you think about these gender neutral ideas?

 

 

 

Do-It-Yourself Nursery Design Tips

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I just had a conversation with my wife last night about the need to update our rocking chair pads.  I mentioned the new Modern Fern collection and thought that pattern would go well in our living room.  But she responded by saying, “I don’t think that will match the yoga room…or do you think we should convert the office for our next baby?”

Next baby?

I thought it was funny that a little purchase like rocking chair pads would get tied to matching the next nursery theme that, at this point, is a remote possibility.  Maybe the possibility is not that remote.  At any rate, it seems like decorating the nursery doesn’t quite leave the minds of new moms.

We are not professional designers but we do like to be inventive in our household.  Our current nursery is a combination of some family pictures, animal pictures, flower and butterfly wall stickers and a combination of nature-themed decor old and new.  But given the current level of sleep deprivation in our household, we’re going to need some outside inspiration for the next nursery.  After some research, I came across a great reference for those families who take the do it yourself approach to nursery design – Project Nursery.

Their do it yourself nursery design page has lots of home grown ideas for inexpensive and creative nursery decorations.  If you want some great ideas for making your nursery unique without blowing your budget, they are an abundant resource for great ideas.

John