Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery

by Sherri Blum

Today our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum shares her advice for readying a beautiful baby’s room, that will work for either gender.

With all of the modern medical advances available today that allow a couple to find out the sex of their baby in advance, I’ve found more and more clients deciding to wait and find out on delivery day.

I’m not exactly sure the reason for this trend, but I find it quite refreshing. Maybe with current technology, there are so few surprises left in life today; so this is one of the few times that we can enjoy the element of anticipation and surprise, and keep those around
us guessing.

Modern Interior

Waiting to find out the sex of your baby makes it a bit trickier when it comes to decorating your nursery. The market is inundated with pinks for girls and blues for boys. But there are still many beautiful options available for a gender-neutral nursery.


Don’t get wrapped up in determining a theme for your gender-neutral nursery and painting an elaborate mural on the walls. If you really want a theme, after the baby is born it will be easy to choose theme-specific wall art and accessories, based upon your growing baby’s personality.

Give your walls a wash of light and neutral color such as ivory, buttery yellow, sandy beige or light sage green. Believe it or not, gray is a huge trend for wall color in modern nurseries today, although if you use it, please bring in some warm yellow or pumpkin accents to cheer up and warm up the space. If you wish for a decorative finish, stripes done in a subtle tone-on-tone are perfect for modern or traditional décor.


beadboardcribBegin with furniture that will work well for boy or girl, and do consider transitional furniture that converts into big kid furniture when needed. Steer clear of white furniture, as this will not work well for a boy once he surpasses his toddler years. Natural wood or dark wood tones are ideal, as well as painted furniture, as long as it is a neutral color such as green, taupe or even light blue.

Newport Cottages has beautiful cribs and nursery furnishings offered in an array of colors. My favorite is the Cape Cod Beadboard Crib in Celery Green.

Bratt Décor offers its Chelsea Lifetime Crib (converts into a full size bed later) in several finishes. Choose Espresso for a beautiful dark finish that will grow with your child through the years.

Chelsea Lifetime Crib Espresso

In fact, the owner of Bratt Décor, Mary Bauer recently decorated a gender-neutral nursery for Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza using this crib in the Antique Silver finish.

Even celebrities are waiting to find out the baby’s sex! (P.S. that’s my own GENDER NEUTRAL “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” artwork hanging on the wall in Mario’s nursery! Don’t they have
impeccable taste?! )


Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza Baby Nursery Design

For a modern nursery, Bratt Décor has a whole collection called Blu. It’s so sleek and chic!

blu mocha

Venetian slate cribAnd for a very traditional look, choose their Venetian Iron crib in slate. This one is stunning and perfect for a boy or girl! I think I need to talk with Mary about making me a grown-up version for me!


As for bedding, of course you can always be safe with the basic colors: green, yellow, ivory and soft blue. I know, many of you think of boy when you see blue, but if you choose blue bedding and end up with a girl, it’s easy to throw in some beautiful deep rose or purple accessories that will turn your nursery into a sweet little girl’s room in no time!

Another option is to create a black and white or brown and white nursery. These provide the contrast that is recommended for baby’s developing eyes and mind, while providing a neutral background to which you can add gender specific colors, later.

amanda Maddie Boo

I love this black and white option, Amanda by Maddie Boo. You can keep this gender neutral and later select your contrast color option and simply add deep pink, bright green or blue accessories to make it gender specific.


One of my favorite gender-neutral bedding sets is this very traditional Toile Set by Doodlefish. It is available in a soft blue or green toile with ivory accents. You see it here in two images- one accessorized for a boy and one for a girl!

I absolutely love the clean lines of this Modern Berries bedding set by Oilo (here, and at Top of story). And they have a pendant light to match!

Modern Interior

Migi Little Tree by Bananafish has soft blue, yellow, green, orange and brown. Find it at Rosenberry Rooms.

Migi Little Tree by Bananafish

I’m head over heels for Olena Boyko’s Silk bedding! This soft ivory and gold set works beautifully in a gender-neutral nursery. Simply throw in deep rosy pink or navy blue accents later to make it girly or boyish so very easily! You must browse her site to see all of the scrumptious fabrics and colors she offers!


Carousel Designs offers the cutest set called “Chirp” in sage green and brown.
How sweet is this?!




The Chic Royal Crown Wall Hanging, available from Dish and Spoon Productions is readily available in three colors including black shown below, but can also be custom color-matched. Choose green, yellow or ivory and replace the baby’s initial with “DREAM” or “BABY” and you’ve got an elegant statement work of art. Count the Sheep Wall Hanging by Dish and Spoon Productions can be purchased without personalization to work nicely in any nursery.

Royal Chic CrownCount the Sheep

Hip Kid Art has some great modern nursery wall art. Leave out the personalization or add a word such as baby, love, or dream.

blue sparrow

Lemon Tree


The Shaggy Raggy Rug is available at The Frog and the Princess and comes in various colors, shapes and sizes. Shag rugs are so popular in today’s nurseries and look great whether placed in a modern or traditional nursery.

Shaggy Raggy Rugshagg raggy choco

And a faux sheepskin rug is so fun and whimsical!

faux sheep skin rug

I’ve grouped some of these selections together, to show you how well they pair up to create a great gender-neutral nursery.

Black and White, Gender-Neutral Nursery

I’ve added some color swatches here, to show you how easily you can add pops of color to make it gender specific after the baby is born.
black white setTN

Traditional, Gender-Neutral Nursery

traditional nursery setTN


Modern, Gender-Neutral Nursery

Modern GroupTN

Designer Sherri BlumSherri Blum loves putting her talents to use designing beautiful rooms for her tiny clients. Sherri’s designs are popular among celebrities and have been featured in numerous TV shows and publications.

Sherri shares with us trends, designer projects and advice for creating beautiful, yet functional kids rooms and baby nurseries.

Sherri operates her design firm Jack and Jill Interiors and she creates her signature line of children’s wall art, clocks and hand-hooked, wool rugs — Sherri Blum Designs. Sherri writes the Jack and Jill blog, and resides with her family in rural Pennsylvania.

Share with us your experiences with nursery design.

Have you found out the sex of your baby in advance or waited until delivery day? If so, how did you design your nursery?

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2 Comments for “Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery”

Hey Sherri~

It was great meeting you at ABC in Vegas! Oh and thanks for the heads up on the next color we should stock…taupe. I’m on the hunt for it as we speak.
I spied our initial border rug in your photo from Carousel Designs. I’m sure you recognized it as well. LOL

Talk to you soon!


Thanks for stopping in. You make some lovely rugs.

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