So, you’re decorating a room for a new, energetic and bouncing addition to the family. And you want to keep the palette less stereotypical. A flexible colour scheme is a must and is the go-to for many families nowadays.
The tendency to prescribe certain colours and their associated attributes to nursery rooms is something that has been embedded in us for hundreds of years – the typical pink, soft colours for girls, and the cooler colours for boys.
For so long it has felt like a tradition, however, it is something that recently many families are seeking to break free from, branching out instead into more gender-neutral palettes for these spaces.
That’s not to suggest that adorning each surface with shades of baby pink upon the announcement of a baby girl, or livening up the room with blues and greens for a boy, is wrong. Far from it. There are however certain attributes and expectations that come with these ascribed palettes, which is what some families are looking to finally shrug off.
Regardless, a flexible colour scheme is a must for spaces that are bright, colourful and inviting for babies and children of all ages.
So if you’re in the market for a total rehaul inspiration, some beautiful wall art prints to finish off the look, or simply just an idea of what colours to pick from, we’ve got you covered.
Black & White & Bold All Over
This colour scheme is for the drama-lovers, the adventurous of heart and who want to create a bold, bright space for their newest member of the family.
Black and white nurseries offer an abundance of visual stimulation, but without the need for colour – they make the perfect gender neutral space. Plus, if you’re after a little pop of something to break up the monotone, then by simply adding a gentle yellow or bright green you can spruce the room up and add your own unique colour accent without going overboard.
There’s also no better way to incorporate this black and white theme into a room than with patterns! Choose some geometric wallpaper, select the level of intensity you’d like to accentuate either the black or the white and create a stimulating but not overbearing room.
Or, select some carefully created wall art prints that bring this black and white theme to life – place them over light walls to introduce an exciting pattern that isn’t too obvious.
Full Teal Ahead
Teal is an excellent choice for gender neutral spaces, as it’s naturally warm and comforting vibes create a calming space without the occasionally restrictive nature of yellow or green.
Choose stunning wall art prints from the likes of The House Outfit for bespoke artwork that brings a pop of colour to a neutral room. Or for more high street brands, why not choose Zara Home and Next Home for accessible decor to truly make it your own.
With a splash of teal amongst neutral hues, you’re well on your way to a gorgeous gender-neutral room that provides a calming but pleasing space. Add a feature wall and paint one wall teal while leaving the others a soft cream, or neutral hue; use teal as an accent colour and sprinkle furnishings around the room to create a cohesive theme.
Yellow, Yellow, Yellow
One of the most well-known, and most used gender-neutral colours, yellow provides an immediately uplifting and sunny vibe without leaning towards those typical warmer colours – and it definitely avoids the pinks and blues of the spectrum.
Why not combine it with a more calming colors like aqua, or cornflower blue? Pair bolder citrus colours with a cool and grounding shade of blue for a fresh take on a much-loved gender-neutral favourite.
Speaking of fresh – mint is a stunning neutral colour that can provide that zingy aesthetic without being too harsh on the eye. Use this as a feature wall, combining it with warm creams, or go bolder with rich navy accents to create a dynamic space.
You can combine mint with a number of other colours, due to its pastel nature. So this makes for a versatile space that can grow up with your little one – because who says pastels are just for girls? No one.
Grey & Coral
Now, this might seem a touch ‘sophisticated’ for a nursery, but the combination of grey and coral makes for a beautiful and stimulating environment no matter the age or gender of your new family member. In fact, you might even be green around the ears with jealousy!
This energetic combo can bring a lovely atmosphere – and because of the complimentary nature of these two colours together, you can combine them in basically any way you like! Splash more coral over the room with bolder accents or furnishings for a warmer environment.
Or if you’re looking to cool things down and accentuate the calming properties of grey with wall art prints, wallpaper, or even some feature walls. Why not choose a wallpaper that combines the two for you? You can get creative with visually stimulating patterns while keeping the room inviting, and warm.
We’ve only touched the top of the iceberg when it comes to gender-neutral colours for your nursery space. There are endless combinations, each versatile enough to suit your personal style and taste – whether you’re in need of an all-natural cream space, or something brighter and with a lot of energy.
The perks of choosing gender-neutral colours for your nursery space – and indeed, any space in your home – is that these are dynamic without tiring. These colours can change and grow as the purpose of the space develops, and they avoid those stereotypical colour combinations that many of us are so tired of seeing in nursery spaces.
Whether you’re adding splashes of these colours with beautiful wall art prints, or going big with a feature wall, there’s a combination out there that’s perfect for you.
So get creative, and let your gender neutral colours shine!