Gender Neutral Nursery Inspiration
28 weeks ago, when “we” (really, it’s been my decision all along…) decided not to find out the gender of baby #2, I thought it would be so easy to design a gender-neutral nursery. You know, we’d stick with a neutral palette and just add color to it once baby arrives. I’ll be the first to admit…this is harder than I thought it would be. To help me create a feel for the nursery without knowing if I’m cookin’ a little miss or another little prince, I decided to use the strategy that a wedding-planning friend taught me, which is to choose three words that express your vision. While I don’t have a “vision” for this kids’ nursery in the same way I’d been dreaming up my perfect wedding since I was 5 years old, I decided to give it a go and so the husband and I pondered on words that we felt express our hopes for this little one.
The first one didn’t take us long to come up with. We have big hopes that this little person will engage in a great many adventures, with us and without, in order to find who they are and where they belong in the world. The second, curiosity, was a word I offered up though it is a reflection of both the husband and myself. We are incredibly curious individuals and answerseekers, whether it’s a historical fact I’m on the hunt for or an object he’s tinkering with in order to figure out it’s inner-workings. Curiosity leads to asking questions and solving problems and an understanding of this great big world, and we hope this little soul lets curiosity lead him or her to great places. And lastly, connected. This one was a bit harder because we couldn’t figure out how to put a word to what we were trying to express. Ultimately, we want our baby (and really, both our children) to connect with others, with animals, with values, and with the greater world around them in very intentional ways. There is great value in being connected to something or someone other than yourself! Hopefully, this little person sees the world as their oyster and takes care to respect and love all that they come across.
I think that many parents have the same hopes for their children but putting into words was an important practice for us, not just in designing the nursery, but in our efforts to be more intentional with BOTH of our children.
So, with 12 weeks to go I am really just in the beginning stages of creating the space that baby will come to know so well. I still plan to add a lot of color once he or she arrives, knowing full well it’ll be a few months before they are in their own room anyways, but for now I’m starting with a completely white palette, furniture and walls. (it pains me greatly to paint over and redesign Fischer’s bright and eclectic nursery but he’s getting a brand new room too!)
Here are some ideas I’m playing with to bring our words to life!
Adventure signs (not in wood frames) and will probably just settle on ONE.
3. VividBliss signs (etsy)
Accent Wall Paper to Go Behind Crib: Not sure which color yet but what sparks curiosity more than the stars? Instantly fell in love with this Sissy and Marley print.
White Metal letter for a monogram against the wall-paper, over the crib.
Wall Art: assortment of prints depicting animals, places to journey to, dreams for the future…etc.
- Baby animal prints: theanimalprintshop.com
- Travel prints: various easy shops
- Mini cloud cork boards: Land of Nod
- Stargazing print: mrprintables.com
- Porcupine Print: pure-sugar.com
- Animal bookends: Restoration Baby
- Smooch Pillow: SoVintageChic
- Round Riveted Mirror: Restoration Baby
- Wood Lamp: Land of Nod
- Globe: Wayfair
- Snow Leopard Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids
- Panda Pillow: Rebecca Kiff
- Sea Turtle floor bin: Land of Nod
Well, I certainly have a lot to think about but I can’t wait to do a big reveal of the nursery after baby arrives!