10 Nursery Styling Tips That Don’t Involve Pink or Blue

Updated 03/04/16
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When we were children, nursery styling revolved around two choices: pink or blue. These days, choosing a colour scheme for a baby's room isn't so limited: The best nurseries combine different hues, textures, materials, and trends to create a modern, playful, and gender-neutral space. We've rounded up 10 of our favourite nurseries that prove children's rooms don't have to be pink or blue. Scroll down for styling ideas to steal for a gorgeous, chic, gender-neutral nursery. 

Courtesy of Est Magazine

Start With a Charcoal Base

Dark and stormy décor is having a moment in the design spotlight, and nurseries are following the trend. This polished Amsterdam nursery uses a charcoal base to offset modern, minimalist furniture. 

Matt Blatt Rocker Junior Chair $75
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Hannah Blackmore for Minty Magazine

Try a Modern Mobile

Swapping out traditional nursery items for modern alternatives is a quick way to uplift your space. While still whimsical and child-appropriate, this geometric paper mobile gives the nursery a modern touch. 

Clara von Zweigbergk Themis Prism Mobile $66
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Chris Patey for MyDomaine

Add Accents With Numbers or Letters

Want to avoid an overly feminine or masculine room? Keep an eye on the details. Jamie-Lynn Sigler's nursery remained gender-neutral by using themed items relevant to any child. These numbered jute baskets are practical and tie in with the actress's existing home décor.

Leo & Bella Jute Basket $20
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Courtesy of Rebecca Judd Loves

Make It Adult-Friendly

Yes, your new nursery is designed for a little special someone, but remember that you'll also be spending a lot of time in the room. Give children's décor a grown-up touch with wooden toys and quality pieces.

Adairs Baby Robbie Rocking Horse White $150
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Manuel Rodriguez for One Kings Lane

Create an Art Wall

When model mum Coco Rocha enlisted the help of One Kings Lane to design her nursery, her brief wasn't typical. Rocha explains she wanted her daughter's space to be sophisticated and vibrant with a hint of edge. "I really think children can be stimulated by all sorts of colors and patterns, whether it’s themed or not," she says. Steal her style with a bold and playful art wall that injects personality into the nursery. 

Prints To Frame Art Print $35
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via Project Nursery

Combine Textures

Some nursery trends are still popular for a reason. Super-soft sheepskin rugs offer a touch of texture to an all-white or neutral space. 

Home Republic Ivory Sheepskin Single $170
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Bess Friday for Rue Daily

Style a Shelf

Forgoing pink or blue accents can leave a nursery feel a little bland. Combat a color-free space by styling shelves with personality pieces. Arrange framed photographs with plush toys and clothing to give the room its own voice.

Kmart Unicorn $12
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Roger Davies for Architectural Digest , design by Jenni Kayne

Put Fun First

Styling a nursery is a chance to create a child's wonderland that belongs to your newest family member—it should be fun! Make play the focus with tribal touches like bunting or a teepee.

Nursery Design Teepee $130
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Luke White for Architectural Digest

Opt for Warm Wood Accents

Add warmth and depth to a neutral space with wood accents. From cribs to rocking chairs, it's an easy way to add sophistication to a nursery and create visual ties to the rest of the home. 

Boori Classic Cot - Almond $699
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Sissy+Marley

Replace Color With Pattern

Create a focal point in a neutral room with patterned pieces. Subtle wallpaper in playful prints is a chic substitute for bright color. 

Just Kids Wallpaper Raindrop Wallpaper $140
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