Nov 11 2010

Decorating a Unisex Nursery

Published by at 3:01 pm under Interior Design & Decorating,Kid's Room

Are you an expectant mother with no ideas about how you want to decorate the nursery?  Frequently, parents who are expecting don’t know where to start when it comes to planning their little one’s room.  Certain colors help to calm a baby, while others cause excitement and may not be suitable for use in a nursery.  Unless you are one of the lucky ones who knows exactly what you want to do, this article will help you accomplish the project, and even have fun doing it!

Boy or girl?

If you are expecting and do not want to find out the gender of your baby, there are several different themes you can use.  Some neutral colors that you may want to consider for the nursery are yellows, greens, whites, and even browns.  Jungle themes, zoo animals, and Disney characters work well no matter what the gender of your new baby.  Avoid using red in a nursery because that is the first color most babies recognize and it can create excitement or confusion when it is the only color they see, and it may interfere with sleeping.  While decorating a nursery, include accents or accessories you love and ask relatives (especially those with children) for their opinions or ideas.

Decorating a nursery on a budget

A great idea for decorating walls on a tight budget is to use pictures from old children’s books.  You can frame the pictures and include the words from the pages, which will help as your baby grows and begins to read.  Wallpaper, large wall graphics and stencils are other affordable ways to brighten up the walls.  You may want to consider a pattern or graphic that will be suitable as your child gets older, so that you don’t have to completely redecorate the room in 2 or 3 years.

You might also consider adding a daybed in the nursery, especially for those first few weeks when you are likely to spend many nights getting up and down with your new baby.  This will allow you to get a little sleep when your baby is sleeping, reducing your exhaustion during your initial adjustment to parenthood.


There are always lots of items needed by a new baby.  Lotions, powders, diapers, rattles, baby wipes and cotton balls are just a few of the things you will want to hide away so that the room doesn’t appear messy and cluttered.  Consider placing a plastic storage container with drawers next to the changing table or crib so you will have easy access when you need it.  You can also keep any extra stuffed animals, clothes and other items you received at baby showers in plastic or Tupperware containers underneath the daybed, so they are out of sight until desired.  Put these tips to use in your nursery, and whether you have a boy or a girl you will be all set.

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