10 gender neutral nursery ideas – unisex schemes perfect for a boy or girl

Gender neutral nursery ideas are a practical unisex decorating choice for a nursery, or for when a boy and girl are sharing a room

Gender neutral nursery ideas featuring red and white wallpaper, a white painted crib and brown armchair.
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These gender neutral nursery ideas – decorated in neutrals, vivid brights, plenty of pattern and tonnes of texture – will inspire you to ditch the conventional baby pink and blue color palettes often associated with a nursery.

Our collection of unisex decorating schemes will provide stylish, timeless bedroom ideas for your baby or toddler – no matter their age.

10 gender neutral nursery ideas

We've collected together a whole host of gender neutral nursery ideas to inspire your unisex scheme, whatever shape or size your space is.

1. Introduce a splash of bold color

Gender neutral nursery ideas in a gray scheme with bright red cot and colorful patterned drapes and rug.

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Give your gender neutral nursery a sophisticated makeover with unexpected flashes of color, pattern and texture. 

If you're looking for nursery ideas that will match the rest of the home, then reach for the paintbrush. Rich, sophisticated and eye-catching, this red painted cot will tempt you to ditch conventional wood styles often seen adorning your favorite nursery furniture stores. 

Here, the warm red is a shade that works so well with the authentic features and bare floorboards of the colorful unisex nursery, or when paired with vintage heirlooms.

2. Create a calm, gender neutral nursery

A unisex nursery painted pale gray, with white furniture, hanging plants and a toy alpaca.

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Give your gender neutral nursery ideas an earthy, grounded aesthetic with a soothing color palette. Although pink is normally associated with girls' nursery ideas, muted shades work just as well woven into unisex nursery schemes, as above.

'When shopping for a nursery color scheme, we are so often drawn in by the loving details, the delicate patterns, and the neutral colors,' says Lee Chambers MSc MBPsS, psychologist and wellbeing consultant. 'In our minds, we are looking to create a place of serenity for our precious bundle of joy.'

Surprisingly, a white nursery scheme will work regardless of your style of home. Evoking purity and cleanliness alongside confidence and sophistication, white is a wonderfully versatile and timeless color – and a classic choice for gender neutral nursery ideas.

3. Add interest with wallpaper

Green leaf print wallpaper in a gender neutral nursery idea with white furniture and colorful wooden toys.

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Designed by Christine Lin at Form + Field, this playful unisex nursery scheme will suit your child as they grow, saving you both time and money in the long run – but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be fun, or spark creativity. 

'In this space, we wanted to evoke a bright and cheerful aesthetic, so it was essential for us to get this right,' says Christine. 'Botanical wallpaper ideas are back in a big way for this year, so we found an enduring style that we believe will be a timeless addition to this nursery.'

4. Go for a modern monochrome scheme

Gender neutral nursery room ideas with patterned blue and white geometric print wallpaper and a white cot.

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If you’re preparing the nest for an imminent new arrival and have avoided the temptation to find out the sex of the baby, go for a monochrome scheme that will work equally well as a girls' or boys' nursery ideas

With clever use of paint, prints and accessories you will be able to create a room you’ll feel proud to bring your baby home to. This contemporary look will work for your child for years to come, and can be easily updated to incorporate kids' room ideas as your little one grows.

5. Work in a flamboyant flair

Gender neutral nursery ideas featuring red and white wallpaper, a white painted crib and brown armchair.

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Create a look that is bursting with fun and originality by mixing old and new. This gender neutral nursery is a masterclass in how to mix colors, styles and patterns effectively. 

Touches of fire engine red – in the bedroom wall decor and window treatment – add a glorious contrast to this otherwise primarily monochrome scheme.

'When choosing pattern you also need to take into account scale,' says fabric and wallpaper designer Charlotte Gaisford. 'Scale is important and can really help pull an idea together, the main thing being to mix the scales from large to small.'

6. Introduce a nostalgic element

Unisex nursery ideas featuring colorful locker storage, a wicker chair and large map of the world.

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Add an element of old-school nostalgia to your gender neutral nursery ideas. Not only will a host of primary colors excite your little one, but a map of the world will also stimulate their curiosity for life – and can be integrated into playroom ideas as your child grows.

Here, brightly colored lockers provide heaps of color-coded bedroom storage space, while decorative letters, spelling out their initials, give the room a personal touch. Finish off this creative scheme with a cane chair and throw – great for a spot of quiet reading.

7. Pick out playful elements

Gender neutral nursery with teepee, white cot and bright red wall art.

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Choose a plain backdrop for displaying bright, modern artwork and unusual furniture. Keep your child stimulated with a teepee tent made from white cotton and wooden sticks. This creative little hideaway will provide a cozy retreat to while away the day, and can be fitted into even small bedroom ideas for kids.

Fill it with colorful cushions and toys so they will never be bored. Pair with a white cot, accessories in primary colors and soft, sheer muslin curtains for an understated gender neutral nursery that you and your child will be happy to spend time in.

8. Decorate with a restful palette

Unisex nursery ideas with gray check wallpaper, wicker basket storage and pale blue painted cot.

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Blue is a popular choice in nurseries due to its calming effect When paired with soft grays, like in the soothing scheme above, it creates a restful palette that can encourage sleep. 

Avoid very dark shades, however, which can appear gloomy in gender neutral nursery ideas – soft, mid tones of blue and gray are ideal.

9. Decorate with white-on-white

A white child's bedroom with fireplace, wooden flooring, a single cast iron bed, purple chair and animal skin rug.

(Image credit: Armelle Habib / Future)

If you are stuck on where to start when designing a gender neutral children's room, go for a foolproof all-white scheme. It is the ideal canvas to build upon with colorful accessories and furniture, which can easily be changed as your child grows.

Layer the room with modern artwork and quirky curios to bring a touch of fun to an otherwise cooler scheme, which will also work in bedroom ideas for teenagers.

10. Keep it simple and understated

Gender neutral nursery with beige color scheme, alphabet printed buttermilk wallpaper and French style pale gray furniture.

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Use contemporary ideas to decorate a room in a listed period house. Nothing says gender neutral more than a cream scheme, but that doesn't mean it needs to be so vanilla. 

Here, hand-blocked children's bedroom wallpaper with a quirky alphabet design works perfectly alongside the striking original features, which are the real stars of the show in this room. 

If your space is verging on the small side, then it is best to keep furniture to a minimum. A painted chest of drawers, wicker baskets, chequered blinds and a plantation-style armchair are beautiful additions to this traditional unisex nursery scheme.

How do you decorate a gender neutral nursery?

It’s the one space in the house where you can cut-loose and indulge your sense of fun when choosing a decorating scheme. A nursery room isn’t only a place for sleep – see it as a play space that will spark children’s imaginations, too. 

Decorating a gender neutral nursery for a baby or toddler is a completely different kettle of fish to a teen’s room. Try to plan ahead to choose furniture and a decorating scheme that will last at least three years. 

Neutral colors tend to be calming, easy and super stylish to decorate with – making them the ideal choice for unisex nursery ideas. 

When pushing back on color in a bedroom, be sure to address the question of materiality and architectural detailing; it’s perhaps particularly important in a nursery room, where a monochrome palette could arguably end up subduing some of the magic of childhood. 

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. 

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