Decorating the nursery can be one of the most exciting parts of being new parents, but it's not always easy to decide what type of color scheme and theme will be a good match for your little one. Many parents don't even know what the gender of the baby is before the birth, while others prefer a more gender-neutral theme regardless of the sex of the baby. Fortunately, there are several fun and creative themes that are a perfect match for the nursery, and decorating this room can be a simple DIY project the whole family can be involved with.
Here are seven gender-neutral decorating themes for nurseries:
Children's storybook characters can be a source of inspiration for a room decorated with a storybook theme. Paint scenes from your own favorite children's stories on the walls, and add stuffed toys from different books to the nursery. You can introduce the baby to these characters as they get older.
2. Zoo Animals
This is a great gender-neutral theme that can be built upon as the baby grows. You can start with several baby zoo animal stencils to decorate the walls, then add more animals and stuffed zoo animals to the baby's play area.
A nature or forest theme is another great match for the nursery. Use flower and tree print designs to decorate furniture and windows, and find soft toys of different wild animals to spruce up the play areas. Use cool and calming color palettes like yellows, greens, and light blues.
A circus theme is sure to be a hit with newborns and toddlers, and you have dozens of options for turning the room into a fun and playful space. A colorful big top and other common circus attractions painted on the wall, clown dolls and stuffed animals, and circus-print curtains will add character to any nursery space.
5. Farm Animals
Farm animals can be a fun alternative to zoo animals and you can choose pastels and more neutral colors to create a calm environment. Choose bedding with lambs, cows, ducks, and pigs embroidered on it. Add matching curtains and throw pillows to the area, and paint a barn or view of a farm on the wall.
6. Teddy Bears
Teddy bears are always welcome in a nursery and you can fill up the play area with a half dozen different types of teddy bears, and add framed teddy bear art to the walls. Look for teddy bear print comforters, bedding, and curtains to complete the look.
7. Alphabet and Numbers
Encourage learning at an early age by decorating the room with colorful letters of the alphabet and cartoon-style numbers. Paint or stencil the walls with letters and numbers, and decorate the sleep area with printed sheets. Add alphabet blocks to shelving around the crib to create a fun effect.