45 Gender-Neutral Baby Nursery Ideas for 2018

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Here is our guide to the very best in design ideas for gender-neutral nurseries.


Keeping the secret of a baby’s gender a mystery can be exciting for the whole family, but it often makes parents question how they should decorate their nursery. Gender-neutral nursery designs are a popular alternative to traditional pink and blue nurseries, favoring colors and themes that work for boys or girls. Out of 31,535 nurseries we surveyed, 38.10% had a gender-neutral design. There are a couple of key features that can be found in this type of nursery:

The Crib

A quality crib not only means a better night’s sleep for a baby but can also help to protect toddlers from tumbles and falls. You can find cribs that suit almost any nursery style, from traditional wooden bassinets to contemporary metal cribs. Regardless of what type of crib a nursery has, it should be durable and large enough to fit a growing infant comfortably.

The Changing Table

With a baby, messes are inevitable. A changing table is a standard staple of just about any nursery, as it makes cleanup go much more smoothly and helps you to keep all of your diaper-changing kit organized. For smaller nurseries, portable changing tops work as an excellent space-saving alternative that can go on top of cabinets or tables.


Parenting is exhausting. There’s no way around it. While it’s important to have a place for a baby to rest in a nursery, many parents don’t consider that they might also want a spot to relax as they spend time with their child. It’s a good idea to have a couch, rocking chair, armchair, or other comfortable seating somewhere in a nursery for adult carers to use.


As individuals with no disposable income, it can be surprising how quickly babies seem to amass toys and books. Nurseries should include plenty of storage space, whether in the form of built-in shelving, a dresser, or even bins. Plenty of storage space ensures that there will be enough room for furniture essentials.

Design Elements

In addition to furniture and other basic features, nurseries should also be outfitted with the right design elements to bring the whole room together. There are a couple of key details to look out for in any well-designed nursery, regardless of stylistic choices:


The type of flooring used in a baby’s nursery generally depends on the overall style of the room, but parents should also take safety and hygiene into consideration. Out of 26,582 homes surveyed, here are the most common flooring choices that we found:

Floor Material Popularity
Carpet 40.32%
Medium Hardwood 22.00%
Light Hardwood 17.03%
Dark Hardwood 13.78%
Painted Wood 1.59%
Laminate 0.94%
Concrete 0.82%
Ceramic Tile 0.76%
Vinyl 0.56%
Porcelain Tile 0.53%
Cork 0.53%
Linoleum 0.26%
Bamboo 0.23%
Plywood 0.19%
Marble 0.17%
Travertine 0.11%
Terra-cotta Tile 0.09%
Limestone 0.06%
Slate 0.04%
Brick 0.01%

Many parents opt to choose a softer material such as carpet for both aesthetics and safety, but plush coverings can be difficult to clean in a high-traffic area like a nursery. Woods, laminates, and other hard surfaces are also popular choices when it comes to flooring as they’re attractive and easy to maintain. Rugs can help to make the area more toddler-friendly without complicating your cleaning routine.

Wall Covering

While painting is a popular option for nurseries, it can make walls appear flat. Infants and young children are drawn to bold shapes and vivid color. You can add texture to paint jobs by using sponges, mixing colors, adding borders, and more. Wallpapers also work well in nurseries and come in endless varieties of prints and patterns to match any nursery.

Art and Decor

Decorating a baby’s room is just about as important as outfitting it with the right flooring and furniture. Infants enjoy visual stimulation in the form of unique toys, wall art, mood lighting, and more. Many nursery designs include a theme, though it’s best to avoid ideas such as princesses or Hot Wheel cars when planning a gender-neutral nursery. The best themes are those that work for both boys and girls, such as nature, under-the-sea, castles, cartoons, and much more.


Nursery rooms come in all shapes and sizes, from cozy and compact to bright and spacious.

Out of 24,123 rooms surveyed, we found that people tend to prefer medium to large-sized nurseries:

Size Popularity
Compact 17.74%
Medium 61.37%
Large 19.37%
Expansive 1.52%


Small nurseries are the most compact option available, typically measuring about the size of a large walk-in closet. This room size is ideal for parents living with limited space or those in an apartment. Storage can be challenging with a smaller nursery, but built-in wall cubbies and vertical shelving offer an efficient way to keep everything organized.


Medium nurseries are usually slightly smaller than a child’s bedroom, but they offer plenty of space for a baby or toddler. The majority of families prefer medium-sized nurseries as they’re cost-effective and don’t take up too much square footage of a standard sized home.


For those that have space, large rooms are a popular choice for a first nursery. A larger room offers a greater storage area and leaves you with plenty of spots to arrange a crib, changing station, sofa, and more without having to worry about space constraints.


Not a lot of families choose to build an expansive nursery, as babies don’t really need all of that extra space for comfort. Extra large nurseries can also be more difficult for a crawling toddler to navigate around the room. However, for families with multiple infants at a time, an expansive nursery may be necessary to fit all of the necessary furniture and accessories.


Many parents want the style of their child’s nursery to match the overall feel of their home. For example, while a contemporary nursery might work in a home with an art deco design theme, it wouldn’t mesh quite as well with a colonial style. Of the 95,830 homes that we surveyed, we found that the most popular stylistic choices tend to reflect modern interior design trends:

Style Popularity
Contemporary 26.83%
Traditional 22.17%
Transitional 13.86%
Modern 11.47%
Eclectic 9.39%
Scandinavian 3.46%
Beach Style 3.04%
Farmhouse 1.95%
Rustic 1.85%
Craftsman 1.30%
Shabby-Chic Style 1.24%
Mid Century 0.91%
Industrial 0.65%
Mediterranean 0.62%
Tropical 0.57%
Asian 0.35%
Victorian 0.24%
Southwestern 0.10%


Contemporary Nursery Example

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This minimalistic nursery offers a clean-cut look with bright colors and plenty of light, using greens and light browns to add a natural touch to the room.

Traditional Nursery Example

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Greens and yellows have long been the dominant color for gender-neutral nurseries. Combined with simple white wooden furniture, these colors create a classic style that works for boys or girls.

Transitional Nursery Example

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This transitional nursery combines modern and traditional design, creating a unique look that goes with just about any home design plan.

Modern Nursery Example

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This sleek look makes use of various shades of white and plenty of open space to create a trendy, chic style.

Eclectic Nursery Example

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Various elements and textures add visual interest to this room, including gray and yellow patterns in addition to solid colors.

Scandinavian Nursery Example

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Cool white and green accents along with wooden furniture and toys give this room a classic Nordic look.

Beach Style Nursery Example

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Plenty of incoming light and bright colors bring to mind sun and sandy beaches, while shades of blue help to complete this room’s ocean theme.

Farmhouse Nursery Example

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Antique furniture, wooden paneling, and hardwood floors all work together to create a farmhouse-style nursery that boasts plenty of storage space.

Rustic Nursery Example

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Olive green painted wood and classic patterns help to create a room reminiscent of the countryside.

Craftsman Nursery Example

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Clean lines and simple, geometric decor complete the early craftsman look in this nursery.

Shabby-Chic Nursery Example

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Contrasting elegant decor with refinished furniture and handmade art brings this chic-shabby room to life. This type of nursery works well with a number of interior design schemes, from bohemian to Victorian.

Mid Century Nursery Example

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This room is inspired by the decor of the 1950s and 1960s, with bold lines and contrasting colors that help bring style to a whimsical jungle theme.

Industrial Nursery Example

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Using steel grey tones and barred furniture, this nursery gives off an industrial feel. Muted accent colors and antique decor also help to bring the room together.

Mediterranean Nursery Example

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This room boasts the cool blues of the ocean and uses orange accents to create a tropical feel. Light, textured wood paneling and matching floors reminiscent of olive also help to add a uniquely Mediterranean touch to the nursery.

Tropical Nursery Example

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Sandy beige tones and deep blues give this room a beachfront color palette, while a well-placed plant helps to complete the tropical island theme of the nursery.

Asian Nursery Example

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Simple shapes and geometric lines combine with zen nature decor to create a somewhat Eastern feel to this nursery.

Victorian Nursery Example

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Victorian nurseries such as this one go well in homes with the nineteenth-century decor. Plush sofas and rugs, antique wooden furniture, and brass accents help to give this room its authentic look.

Southwestern Nursery Example

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This room uses an elaborate wall mural to create a country feel to it. The furniture is also Southwestern in appearance, using charming frills and Gangnam patterns.


Gender-neutral nurseries usually stick to a color palette that uses earth tones, avoiding the traditional pinks and blues of rooms decorated specifically for boys or girls. Out of 71,729 homes that we surveyed, the most common colors found in nurseries included neutral tones such as white, gray, and beige:

Color Popularity
Brown 24.34%
White 23.28%
Gray 11.24%
Beige 9.64%
Green 6.26%
Blue 4.52%
Turquoise 4.05%
Red 3.90%
Black 3.12%
Pink 3.03%
Orange 2.30%
Yellow 2.06%
Violet 1.42%
Wood Tones 0.84%

While it’s best to stick to earth tones and neutral shades, splashes of color can make a nursery appealing to a young mind. You can use a single accent color to bring a room together, or multiple within the same family. We’ve found a couple of ways that parents bring a bit of excitement to their child’s nursery, even if walls and floors are a neutral tone:

  • Add an accent to each wall: You can make every corner of a nursery a masterpiece by including colorful accent pieces such as murals, artwork, and sculptures. It’s also possible to paint an accent wall to make any room appear larger and brighter.
  • Buy or paint colorful furniture: Whether it’s a crib or a sofa, furniture is an excellent way to add a touch of color to the room without spending extra money. In gender-neutral nurseries, furniture can be painted to add an eye-catching focal point to the room.
  • Accessorize: Toys, artwork, lighting, and other elements of a nursery can add some color to otherwise neutral tones. Babies will also appreciate the visual element that a new stimulus brings to their environment.

White Nursery with Rainbow Accents

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Beige Nursery with White Overtones

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Yellow Nursery with Dark Wood Accents

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Gray with Yellow Highlights

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Nursery with Splashes of Aqua and Orange

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