Here’s a gender neutral nursery inspiration board that I recently created for a client. Baby O’s parents aren’t finding out ahead of time if they are having a boy or girl, so they chose this colorful crib bedding that could work either way.
They already had the crib/ diaper changer combo picked out, so my job was to complete the remainder of the nursery, which will pull double-duty as a guest room.
My goal was to make the nursery a fun and inviting place for the new family while also maintaining a level of sophistication so that guests won’t feel like they are spending the night on Sesame Street. The walls of the nursery will remain white, so I chose furnishings and decor that would pop against a white background.
Items already in the room were:
the leather club chair,
a full-sized bed with an espresso headboard,
a small nightstand and television
The ceramic lamp and side table could be placed next to the club chair to provide a place for bottles and other items when holding the baby. The base of the lamp mirrors the round dots of the bedding and the two-tone side table has a cool storage compartment within the top to contain smaller items.
This throw pillow provides great back support and is so adorable and the tweed throw is a lightweight cover up that picks up on some of the colors of the room.
The cute dandelion print is from an online shop called Three Sheets 2 that makes whimsical pieces. It sits atop an espresso floating shelf that can be found at a number of stores.
To limit disruptions during baby’s naptime, I found a pair of light and noise-blocking grommet topped curtain panels in the shade “cinnamon” on clearance at JC Penney. I have to say that I love the selection of curtains at JCP and always start there when looking for curtains. I like that the panels have a subtle woven texture to them and from up close, you can also see the slight color variations of the thread used in the curtains.
The quickest way to make-over a bed is by changing the bedding. But instead of buying a whole new comforter set, I simply used a duvet cover that fit over the existing comforter. The beige color of the duvet cover would look fresh with a citrus orange sheet set or pillows to add some color to the room.
Continuing the circle theme from the bedding, this inexpensive round mirror would look great on the wall. At almost 3ft in diameter, it’s a bold focal point in the room and could be placed opposite a window to brighten up the space.
The console table provides more storage in the room and could also hold a basket of toiletries, towels or magazines for guests.
Personalized mementos and artwork add a sentimental touch and can be created by placing your maternity pictures, favorite sayings or your baby’s birth statistics in an inexpensive gallery frame. The key to a professional look is to place the artwork on a mat, which will leave a nice border around the framed item.
Spelling out the baby’s name in wall letters is also an easy do-it-yourself project. Everything you need from wooden letters, to craft paint and ribbon can be found at any local arts and crafts store.
Supplies for fun multi-colored bunting can also be found at the crafts store.
I love the way this room turned out. I like that the majority of the furnishings are versatile enough to be re-used in other rooms of the house once the baby gets older.
Have you decorated any nurseries lately? What are some non-traditional baby items that you repurposed in your nursery?