Decorating a baby nursery can prove to be a real challenge. Most parents find it easiest to first settle on a theme and then base as much of the décor as possible around it. They might then choose specific pieces of furniture, wall hangings, and linens that complement those baby nursery themes. Even if you don’t choose a theme, you’re likely to have a specific color scheme in mind. Some parents decide to go traditional, with shades of blue for boys and shades of pink for girls.
Other parents will choose a gender-neutral baby nursery theme. Whatever your heart’s desire, there are a plethora of baby nursery themes from which to choose. The following list only captures a portion of the themes you could choose when decorating your child’s nursery. One thing that they all have in common is that these themes are all gender-neutral and will work as well for your little man as they will for your baby girl which is important if you don’t know the gender or if you may want siblings to share a room or trade rooms.
5 Adorable Baby Nursery Themes [Gender Neutral]:
Baby Nursery Safari Theme
A safari themed nursery allows a lot of freedom when decorating. A pale green or blue room can sport large, vinyl wall murals that feature jungle animals, vines, and palm trees. Add safari accents that complement elements featured in children’s films like The Jungle Book and Curious George. For instance, a coat hook or drawer pulls in the shape of safari animals, curtains in a leaf print, and whimsical animal or character posters can also turn your child’s room into a jungle hideaway.
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One of my cousins has always held an interest in art. From the time we were young children spending summers on our grandparents’ farm, she was never far from her sketch pad and crayons. When it came time to decorate the nursery for her firstborn child, she went with a crayon theme! Even though she lived in an apartment it turned out adorable thanks to reusable wall stickers. Placing the stickers around the room as a whimsical border, on either side of the changing table, and on the closet door, she then decorated the remainder of the room in bright, primary colors.
Baby Nursery Teddy Bear Theme
Whether it’s Pooh or Paddington, bears are a subject that is near and dear to the hearts of many parents. The neutral brown is perfect for a boy or a girl, and if using a plain teddy bear, a pink or blue ribbon can always be tied on later. Plenty of bear-themed bedding and accents are available online, but if you’re looking for something more unique try looking in the home décor section of the local sporting goods store. Their bears are sometimes more realistic, but they will also have items like light switch covers and other accessories. You may also want to try this DIY faux bear rug!
The stars and moon are a timeless theme that could suit a boy or a girl. When a friend of mine chose this theme, she found that mixing cartoon and realistic items matching the theme did not work as well as choosing one or the other. As soon as she selected one over the other, the celestial baby nursery theme came together and was a peaceful place for her and her husband to spend with their wee one. You may even choose to add a quote, like one of my favorites from American philanthropist W. Clement Stone. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”
Farm Animals Nursery Theme
You don’t have to be Old MacDonald to have a farm themed nursery. When expecting our second child, my husband and I had no idea if our son, then aged 2, would have a little brother or a little sister. We thought it would be cute to let him pick how to decorate the new baby’s room, and were amused when he picked farm. For several years his new brother enjoyed a wall mural that displayed a barn, a tractor, and an assortment of animal characters. My husband used wooden produce crates, an inexpensive find at the local second-hand store, to create a small bookshelf. But my favorite thing in the room had to be a gift from my in-laws, who enlarged a photograph of both boys on their first-ever tractor ride at a local farm’s annual fall harvest event. It both complemented the theme and added a personal touch that couldn’t be found in any store.
A lot of baby nursery themes benefit from the use of vinyl wall murals. It saves parents time and allows them to decorate without paying expensive fees associated with hand-painted murals.
The great thing about these baby nursery themes is that by being gender neutral, they can be used over again when a second or third baby comes along without having to purchase things you already own. What are your favorite baby nursery themes?