How to Decorate a Gender-Neutral Nursery, According to an Interior Stylist

Lauren Powell

Holly Graham of Seven in Yellow for The Grace Tales and Pottery Barn. 

If you’re a mum-to-be, a fan of gender-neutral interiors, and in the midst of planning your offspring’s new digs, you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve decided to keep your baby’s gender a surprise, or just not keen on flooding your newborn’s new nursery with 50 shades or pastel pink or blue, we have the gender-neutral design tips you need.

In a collaboration with lifestyle website, The Grace Tales, and homewares giant, Pottery Barn Kids, interior stylist Eliza Ashe has shared her top tips for creating a chic, gender-neutral room. As a mother of two young boys, Ashe is a seasoned pro when it comes to decorating nurseries. The interior guru has recently decorated a nursery for her newborn and has created one that is fresh, charming, and filled with items that she can keep for years to come. “It’s not overly decorated or busy and I’ve made an effort to pick pieces that are in it for the long haul,” Ashe told The Grace Tales. “I love the bookshelf and the display shelves. The bookshelf is wall-mounted so it’s nice and compact, but can hold an impressive amount of books in a way that makes them look like art.” Scroll down for styling ideas to steal for a gorgeous, gender-neutral nursery. 

Spend your money where it matters

“Spend money on pieces that will grow with them. Look for items that work double duty, such as a change table that converts into a dresser and a cot that switches into a toddler bed.”

Soft landings

“Adding a plush rug is the easiest way to introduce some personality into a room without committing to an all-out theme.”

Stay neutral

“When purchasing the hero pieces such as the cot, bookshelves and dresser, stick with neutral finishes like white, grey or birch. Neutrals never date so the collection will look as classic in five years’ time as it does now.”

Something old, something new

“You want the space to feel personal so find ways to work some sentimental pieces into the mix. Try combining keepsake items, like the baby’s first shoes with a few treasured items from your own childhood such as your favourite book or toy.”

Storage is everything

“For tiny people, babies accumulate a serious amount of goods in a small amount of time so you can never have enough storage. Think baskets, open shelving, wall hooks, and vintage trunks for stowing their growing collection of books and toys.”

To get the look, shop the Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Cot ($174 - $799).

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