"If your nursery is neutral, it's easier to fit into the rest of your décor," Jonathan Adler once told us. "It's cohesive and doesn't punch you in the face the way a pink, frilly princess palace would." As more and more parents-to-be ditch the traditional blue-for-boys and pink-for-girls color schemes, gender-neutral nurseries are becoming the norm, not the exception. As Adler explains, a nursery should flow with the rest of your décor, not disrupt it.
But with the now overwhelming number of decorating options, it can be hard to narrow down a specific color scheme or theme for your new nursery. So how do you decorate a neutral nursery from A to Z? By meeting functional needs, focusing on texture, and being creative with colors, it's possible to have your nursery ready before you've even found out the sex of the baby. Ahead, our favorite nurseries prove that pink and blue are out. Here are some gender-neutral nursery ideas to inspire you (and teach you a few tips along the way).
Consider the Crib
Sometimes, the best-laid décor schemes are the simplest. In this neutral nursery, the crib was chosen in a share of wood much lighter than the floors and ceiling to create a rich and warm environment without even using color. The space was softened up with a natural jute rig and a macramé pendant.
Create a Backdrop
Courtesy of Emily Henderson
Use pink in small doses instead of overwhelmingly in the entire room. In this nursery designed by stylist Emily Henderson, the rosy accents are offset by a gorgeous leafy green mural and peaceful white tones.
Always Add Art
When it comes to nursery art, there are few shops we love more than The Animal Print Shop—a favorite among interior designers for its irresistible depiction of baby animals. The best part: These prints' soft tones suit even the boldest color schemes and the most modern spaces.
Work With Your Space
Nurseries are seldom the most spacious rooms in the house, but who said a newborn needed tons of space? In the house of photographers Max and Margaux Wanger, designer Sarah Sherman Samuel carved out a nursery space in the closet of the master bedroom by adding whimsical wallpaper, clever storage, and an adjustable crib.
While it might be tempting to fill up your newborn's nursery with a ton of decorative accents, think of practicality beyond anything else when accessorizing. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff used toys and blankets to decorate her daughter Bowie's room. She finished off the look with a set of step stools that always come in handy.
Don't Neglect Lighting
Courtesy of Stefani Stein
Don't resort to a sad ceiling light in your nursery—and set a quiet environment with a pair of sconces installed on dimmers, like interior designer Stefani Stein did in this adorable nursery. The color complements the wallpaper perfectly and makes them blend in.
Setup Your Storage
Beyond anything, consider your storage for everything you'll need for the baby (and everything that will accumulate over the years). A bookcase filled with books and plush toys is a great way to keep clutter at bay. Store the more unsightly items in a set of woven baskets to tie off the look.
Next up, eight ideas for decorating a nursery on a budget.
This story was originally published on June 3, 2017, and has since been updated.