Top 5 Ideas for a Gender Neutral Nursery

Whether you haven't learned your baby's gender yet, you're waiting for the birth to find out, or you just want to avoid gender stereotypes, there are many great reasons to create a gender-neutral nursery for your little one to enjoy. After five kids, I've dreamed up quite a few nurseries, and there is no end to possible ideas! That can be exciting, but it can also be very overwhelming. If you want to narrow down the options, here are my top five gender-neutral nursery theme ideas and how to bring them to life!

Forest Friends  

One of my personal favorites, this theme has a cozy vibe that is adorable but also sophisticated enough that it can grow with your baby. (While looking for ideas and decor, other keywords you can search for include: Camping, Woodland)

Color Scheme: Forest green, navy blue, gray, orange, and brown

Core Elements: 

  • Pine or birch trees
  • Forest Animals (Bear, Fox, Deer, Raccoon, Owl, etc.)
  • Logs
  • Mountains

Decor Options: 

  • Photographs of baby animals (super trendy right now!)
  • Natural wood frames and furniture
  • Black and white photos of a forest or woods near your home or somewhere significant 
  • Pine-tree mural

Celestial Sky

This theme is out-of-this-world amazing! With sky-themed decor, you'll have a stunning room for your baby that inspires them to shoot for the moon. (While looking for ideas and decor, other keywords you can search for include: Weather, Space, and Airplane)

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Color Scheme: Navy blue, sky blue, silver/gold, yellow, and white

Core Elements:

  • Sun & Moon
  • Stars
  • Clouds
  • Rainbows

Decor Options: 

  • Framed sheet music for "You are my sunshine" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, little star."
  • A Star-chart of the day they were born
  • Rainbow mural
  • Glow-in-the-dark stars
  • Cloud vinyl stickers
  • Planetary mobile

Old McDonald

There's a reason this childhood song is a classic! Embrace the joy that is Old McDonald with a precious farm-themed nursery that will have your baby mastering those animal sounds in no time. (While looking for ideas and decor, other keywords you can search for include: Farm, Farmhouse, cow print, and country)

Color Scheme: Barn red, black and white, pink, brown, yellow, and grass green

Core Ideas:

  • Barn/silo
  • Grass
  • Wheat/corn
  • Tractor
  • Hay bales
  • Sunflowers
  • Farm animals (Cow, Horse, Pig, Chicken, Duck, Goat, Cat, Dog, etc.)

Decor Options:

  • Upcycled barn wood
  • Furniture painted in bright, bold colors
  • Cow print textiles
  • Farm animal hand puppets


Whether you're having a future pirate or mermaid, an ocean-themed nursery provides a rich and beautiful backdrop for a lifetime of adventures. (While looking for ideas and decor, other keywords you can search for include: Pirates, Mermaids, Sailing, and Nautical)

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Color Scheme: Shades of blue, shades of green, white, coral, and gray

Core Elements:

  • Sea shells
  • Ocean animals (Fish, Crabs, Whales, Octopus, Seahorse, etc.)
  • Coral
  • Treasure chests

Decor Options:

  • Underwater wall mural 
  • Sea animal vinyl stickers
  • Jellyfish mobile
  • Ocean-themed projector night light 


Whether you love to travel or you just think it's a cute vibe, a "travel" theme will have your little jet-setter remembering there's no place like home as they start their biggest adventure – life! 

Color Scheme: Shades of brown and tan, olive green, rusty red, dark blue, and yellow

Core Elements:

  • Transportation (Airplane, car, train, boat)
  • Navigation (Maps and Globes)
  • Compass rose
  • Vintage keys and stamps

Decor Options:

  • Maps (world maps or maps of significant places)
  • Globe
  • Vintage trunk or suitcase (Keep in mind potential safety issues with large storage pieces like these as older children can potentially climb inside and become stuck)
  • Airplane mobile

The great thing about nurseries is that they are truly a luxury and not a necessity. The AAP recommends room sharing with your infant for six months to a year to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This means your baby may be spending less time in their room than they will as an older child. 

Have fun designing a space, but don't stress and remind yourself that you have plenty of time before your little one will be inviting friends over to play – so that dream nursery really is a special place for just the two of you and your family. Make it functional, and enjoy!


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