I was recently asked during an interview about my thoughts on nursery trends. Specifically, I was asked if there were any nursery trends I’ve seen over the years that were majorly popular and then took a huge nose-dive. I laughed, and mentioned a few, but then she asked about the gender neutral nursery trend.
Gender neutral nurseries are the darlings of social media right now. Neutral color palettes have been getting more popular, and the trend of waiting to find out the gender of the baby is also making a pretty huge comeback. The good news? I don’t foresee this trend blowing up, or crashing down, and that’s a good thing. It’s something that not everyone is going to do, so the world at large is less likely to get sick of seeing it. So if you’re considering designing a gender neutral nursery, I wouldn’t worry about the trend going away. The best thing about going neutral is that you can always add in more color and pattern down the line.
Designing a gender neutral nursery isn’t as daunting as you might think—there are so many options available nowadays! So many of my clients have been asking for gender neutral nurseries lately, and I love the challenge of designing them.
The nursery above was designed for Instagram Influencer and rainbow baby mama, Jenna Kutcher. Jenna had tried to get pregnant for years and suffered multiple miscarriages, so when she finally got pregnant again, she wanted the gender of the baby to be a surprise. This was such a special project for me because Jenna and her husband were so excited and hands on. I created a full E-Design for them, and they installed everything themselves. To make sure the space wasn’t boring, we pulled in a warm wood crib and dresser, a geometric patterned wallpaper and added lots of greenery.
Keep in mind that gender neutral doesn’t have to mean a lack of color. This nursery above has colorful animal wallpaper and a hunter green chair paired with gorgeous neutral furniture. Pretty much any color in the blue/green spectrum will work beautifully in a gender neutral space.
If you love the neutral-on-neutral look, that of course always works for a gender neutral space! The best thing about an all-neutral design is that you don’t have to worry about matching neutrals. Whites, ivories, tans and beiges all layer together to create a cohesive look. The key here is texture—lots of different textures create depth and interest in a room that doesn’t have a lot of color. The area rug adds so much to this space, and you can see how it works so well with the details on the wood dresser and woven pendant light.
What do you think of the gender neutral nursery trend? Is it here to stay?
[This post was adapted from my original post for Gugu Guru]
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