Our Favorite Gender-Neutral Nursery Design Ideas

Creative decor tips that work for a boy or girl.

Julie Mikos Photography

Whether it's the popularity of minimalist decor or colors like green and yellow just being on-trend at the moment, a growing number of parents are choosing gender-neutral nurseries. Curious about how to craft a stylish gender-neutral nursery for yourself? Consider these well-designed spaces that are equal parts chic and playful, and loaded with design ideas.

Light Wood Accents

One of the best ways to craft a gender-neutral nursery is to opt for wood details in light tones, whether it's a crib or bookcase. For visual interest, incorporate greenery and materials in a range of textures (layering two different styles of rugs is a trick designers use often).

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Nash Convertible Crib, $480, West Elm

Eye-Catching Ceiling

A nursery is the perfect spot to experiment with a playful pattern, especially for a ceiling. The highlight of a nursery design scheme from is a ceiling with cheerful orange and white stripes—a classic pattern, but with a fun twist. Balance the look with understated gray walls and accents, like a rug or ottoman, in complementary shades of blue and white.

Julie Mikos Photography

Colonial Floral Rug, $36 - $702, Rug Studio

Statement Wall Installation

If you're creating a nursery that's centered around a neutral palette, a statement wall is a good way to bring the space to life. Svetlana Tryaskina of the Toronto-based design firm, , used a tree-inspired wall installation in a neutral nursery. A pair of white shelves, filled with stuffed animals, adds to the fun.

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Floating Shelves, $77, Amazon

Black and White Decor

A classic black and white color combo is tried and true–and as interior designer points out, babies can only see in black and white for the first few months of their lives anyway, making it a natural choice.

To create a youthful vibe, opt for patterned pieces. Consider chevron, wide stripes, and geometric prints in black and white, which bring the fun to an otherwise stark palette. Designer suggests restricting the pattern to one wall to stimulate the baby's attention without overwhelming the room.

Courtesy of Regan Baker of Regan Baker Design

Bakersfield Rocking Chair, $599, Land of Nod

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