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3 Tips For Creating A Gender-Neutral Nursery

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Furnishing and decorating the nursery in preparation for your new arrival is one of the most enjoyable home remodeling projects possible. However, if you're attempting to create a gender-neutral nursery – whether because you're choosing not to find out the gender of the baby until the birth, or because you simply don't care for pink or blue – the project can become a little frustrating. All that pink and blue is tough to avoid. Take a look at a few tips that can help you pull together a cute gender-neutral nursery for your little one.

Choose Your Colors

First you need some colors other than powder pink and baby blue to use in the room. Pale yellow and green are common choices for gender-neutral baby items, but you don't have to stick with these colors if you don't want to – you can choose bolder colors instead.

Colors like brown and gray are neutral and go with almost anything – pair dark brown wooden furnishings with bright orange walls, or paint the walls gray and look for turquoise wall hangings and accessories. Or take a cue from many preschool classrooms and go with primary colors – perhaps sunny yellow walls and red carpeting, dotted with geometric shaped blue throw rugs. A brightly-colored room will grow with your child – they will find the colors and contrasts interesting and engaging as they begin to sit up, crawl, walk, and get into things.

Choose Your Furnishings

The crib is the most important piece of furniture in the nursery, and luckily, it's easy to find a plain natural wood or white-painted crib. However, if you're looking for something a little different, check your furniture stores for wrought-iron cribs. These intricately designed cribs are more visually interesting than the standard wooden crib.

When it comes to rocking chairs, dressers, and changing tables, opt for solid, neutral colors wherever possible. You're going to want to decorate the walls, and the floors will be filled with toys before you know it. A rocking chair upholstered in soft gray fabric or a natural oak dresser provide a visual break from the busier walls and floors. Some decorative wicker or fabric baskets can be useful for holding diapers and miscellaneous items while giving the room a polished look

Choose a Theme

Pull the whole thing together with a theme that will work for either a boy or a girl. This isn't that hard to do – just stay away from fairies, princesses, sports, and cowboys. What works well with the colors you chose?

An alphabet and number theme will work wonderfully with a primary color scheme – hang wooden letters and numbers on the walls. Designate one wall for pictures of family members, and glue letter tiles to the frames spelling out "mom," "dad," "sister," "brother," and so on. If you chose deep green, make it a magic forest. Paint an enchanted tree on the wall and hang pictures of animals, plants, and birds. If you went with a turquoise color, cover the walls with friendly fish and sea creatures. Choose mobiles, toys, and bedding.

For more information, contact Barr's Furniture or a similar company.