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Forget Pink and Blue-Gender-Neutral Is The New Nursery Trend


"If your nursery is neutral, it's easier to fit into the rest of your dГ©cor," Jonathan AdlerВ once told us. "It's cohesive and doesn't punch you in the face the way a pink, frilly princess palace would." As more and more parents-to-be ditch the traditional blue-for-boys and pink-for-girls color schemes, gender-neutral nurseries are becoming the norm, not the exception. В As Adler explains, a nursery should flow with the rest of your dГ©cor, not disrupt it.В

But with the now overwhelming number of decorating options, it can be hard to narrow down a specific color scheme or theme for your new nursery. So how do you decorate a neutral nurseryВ from A to Z? By meeting functional needs, focusing on texture, and being creative with colors, it's possible to have your nursery ready before you've even found out the sex of the baby.В Ahead, our favorite nurseries prove that pink and blue are out.В Here are some gender-neutral nursery ideas to inspire you (and teach you a few tips along the way).

Consider the Crib

Courtesy of The Animal Print Shop

Sometimes, the best-laid dГ©cor schemes are the simplest. In this neutral nursery, the crib was chosen in a share of wood much lighter than the floors and ceiling to create a rich and warm environment without even using color. The space was softened up with a natural jute rig and a macramГ© pendant.

Oeuf Rhea Crib $670Shop

Create a Backdrop

Courtesy of Emily Henderson

Use pink in small doses instead of overwhelmingly in the entire room. In this nursery designed by stylist Emily Henderson, the rosy accents are offset by a gorgeous leafy green mural and peaceful white tones.В

Rebel Walls Bellewood Wallpaper $59Shop

Always Add Art

Courtesy of The Animal Print Shop

When it comes to nursery art, there are few shops we love more thanВ The Animal Print Shop-a favorite among interior designers for its irresistible depiction of baby animals. The best part: These prints' soft tones suit even the boldest color schemes and the most modern spaces.

The Animal Print Shop Baby Wallaby $25Shop

Work With Your Space

Max Wanger

Nurseries are seldom the most spacious rooms in the house, but who said a newborn needed tons of space? In the house ofВ photographers Max and Margaux Wanger,В designer Sarah Sherman SamuelВ carved out a nursery space in the closet of the master bedroom by adding whimsical wallpaper, clever storage, and an adjustable crib.

Stokke Sleepi Mini Crib $599Shop

Accessorize Practically

Jenna Peffley for MyDomaine

While it might be tempting to fill up your newborn's nursery with a ton of decorative accents, think of practicality beyond anything else when accessorizing. Fashion designerВ Rebecca MinkoffВ used toys and blankets to decorate her daughter Bowie's room. She finished off the look with a set of step stools that always come in handy.

Serena & Lily Dip-Dyed Stools $58Shop

Don't Neglect Lighting

Courtesy of Stefani Stein

Don't resort to a sad ceiling light in your nursery-and set a quiet environment with a pair of sconces installed on dimmers, like interior designer Stefani Stein did in this adorable nursery. The color complements the wallpaper perfectly and makes them blend in.В

Schoolhouse Electric L Sconce $129Shop

Setup Your Storage

Courtesy of The Animal Print Shop

Beyond anything, consider your storage for everything you'll need for the baby (and everything that will accumulate over the years). A bookcase filled with books and plush toys is a great way to keep clutter at bay. Store the more unsightly items in a set of woven baskets to tie off the look.В

Container Store Beach House Storage Bins $17Shop

Next up, eight ideas forВ decorating a nursery on a budget.

This story was originally published on June 3, 2017, and has since been updated.