A gender neutral baby nursery. Doesn’t that just sound exhilarating? (Not) One of the hardest things this pregnancy has been not knowing the gender of the little person growing inside of me. Do I need to wash all the blue clothes in my basement, or do I get to go buy the pinkest, frilliest outfits imaginable? I’m doing it old school this time – and I mean real old school, from practically before they had Doctors who went to school – and not finding out until the delivery what this baby will be. Why, you ask? For my husband, who really really did not want us to know. I’m occasionally a nice wife. Occasionally.
While fun from a surprise perspective (If you want to call it that), it’s been a nightmare for a type-A control freak planner like myself. What color will the nursery be? What will the baby wear? I decided that I would embrace my love of the color grey that is the classic element of my entire wardrobe and paint the walls to the nursery a grey color, accent with greys and whites and then when the baby arrives and I know the gender, I can pick some art and finishing touches in a more specific color. Here’s how I created a gender neutral baby nursery.
So what does a gender-neutral nursery for a woman with a grey obsession look like? Here’s a sneak peek on this first blog post of April, the month we will meet him or her.
The first step I took was in selecting a wall color. I wanted something grey but not depressing, neutral enough that it could be used for the time that the baby is a baby as well as as they grow up because I HATE PAINTING. I did not want to do it again. I wound up selecting a color that is used elsewhere in my house to create a unified palette – Cobblestone by Martha Stewart (see middle swatch, bottom stripe). The paint was discontinued a couple of years ago, but my local Home Depot was able to mix me up a new can since I didn’t need it to be an exact match. You can see in this picture how well it goes with blues, and if you look at the pale pink on the left, you can see that it goes well with that too.
I already had a white crib and change table, and didn’t want to change them. The white finish keeps the room from being too dark. Even my glider had a white frame that I just replaced the cushions for and a table that I keep next to the rocker (actually a plant stand from IKEA ages ago) so I was set on this palette.
As you can see, I have kept everything a grey or white/cream in the room. All of the basics – blankets, sheets, etc. are in these base colors.
I am also in love with this little “pouf” I found for $39 in two tones of grey. It’s perfect for big brothers who want to come help out in the room or for when the baby inevitably starts to crawl around.
When the baby arrives, I will add in art on the walls in gender specific colors, and add in some pink or blue blankets and other accessories. But I am quite pleased with how the room turned out (Oh, and yes, I know the mattress for the crib still needs to be raised to the infant setting, and the sidebar still attached). Someone once told me that a baby’s nursery should really please the mother since she’ll be spending so much time in there and will want to be as comfortable as possible. This room makes me happy, so it’s done it’s job!
I will do an updated post once all the final girl or boy decorations are up – just, you know, let me have this baby first.