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It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when faced with exclusively pink or blue options for your baby's first home. Designing a gender-neutral nursery is an excellent choice if you’re going for a touch of sophistication, creating a modern space, or just holding your breath for the big day surprise. This space will welcome them into the world, so going neutral doesn’t mean you have to shy away from colour - from bright colours to bold patterns and whimsical wall decals, the perfect nursery should boast an inviting, calming, and fun atmosphere full of wonder.
Wondering how to get the right look? Here are some of the trendiest gender-neutral nursery room tips, along with Persian & Oriental Rug suggestions from us at Lilla Rugs - Just pick your favourite and start dreaming!
KEEP IT COSY
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Designing your baby’s nursery can be overwhelming at times because there are just so many options out there. But if there’s one common theme every parent should try to achieve it is to transform the room into a comfortable and cosy place fit for a newborn.
A child’s state of mind is strongly influenced by the ambience and appearance of their surrounding space. So think about soft coloured walls to give the room a warm, comforting flow without being overwhelming and dominating. Keep the rest of the decor simple and ground your baby’s space with soft, textural accessories. A rug is the perfect cosy addition to a baby’s bedroom; it defines the space and adds extra colour and pattern, giving the baby a clean space to play as he or she grows. We have a gorgeous selection of Persian and oriental rugs that would be ideal for creating cosy vibes in the nursery.
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Why not add personality and playfulness to your children's sleeping quarters? Sweet dreams are made of wonderful wallpaper; it's an easy and effective way to make a design statement in the nursery.
Thanks to the myriad fun wallpaper styles that have splashed onto the design scene, you can create a unique haven that is at once stylish and entirely reflective of their personalities. Bold and colourful patterns should be the focus of the room and everything else should complement the design. A stencilled wallpaper forms a whimsical wall covering that is full of personality and sure to inspire a love of design that lasts well beyond the nursery.
A more adventurous option is to use an otherwise forgotten space - the ceiling is a great canvas for some stimulating art. It draws the eye up and is an unexpected twist on the space. Plus, it's the view your baby will have from their crib.
MIX OLD & NEW
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We don’t know about you, but we love the eclectic inspired number of mixing old, new and incredibly sweet. For the mums who love all things vintage, crafting a nursery that incorporates mismatched furniture is a must. This year is all about investing in ageless, individual and one-of-a-kind pieces - so let’s bring some classic inspiration into the baby’s nursery by adding some old to the brand new.
Stylish, timeless, multi-purpose furniture is always a good investment for the future, as it gives the room a refined edge that will age along with your child. There are so many fun options out there that can make even an ordinary item into something exciting, inspiring and of course functional. If you have an old, wooden dresser that doesn’t go with your new crib - try painting the dresser in a bold accent colour pulled directly from your crib bedding or a fabulous Persian rug; it will create an eye-catching drama while the common colour palette ensures a well-coordinated result.
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Want to give your design an authentic feel? Forget the blues and pinks and go with a nature-inspired scene for your nursery wall. An animal or adventure-themed print can coax a plain-white room into the ultimate expression of a stimulated imagination. Green is a gorgeous gender-neutral colour; reminiscent of the lush trees, it feels calm and soothing and looks ethereal when light reflects off of it.
Another way to let the magic of childhood into a room is to use cheerful and refreshing natural elements like a wooden table and hanging plants. Adding plants inside the nursery helps to clean the air and make the space a bit healthier. So why wouldn’t you add those benefits to your baby’s nursery? Check out our previous blog on tips to incorporate Indoor Plants and Botanical Prints.
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Creating a space for your new addition is the top priority. For a perfect gender-neutral option, opt for something in a soft grey; it will work great for a boy or a girl, and can even last beyond the nursery. The calming greys will always be in style and enable you to add pops of colour throughout your baby’s bedroom in blankets, crib sheets, artwork, and accessories - this also allows your nursery space to be transformed from one baby to the next with simple decorative elements.
Accessories will add personality and individuality to the room. If your home has hardwood floors, an area rug is an excellent item to add to your new baby checklist. A Persian rug will give the room warmth and keep your feet warm on the early morning feed.
Focus on simplicity in your nursery design and fill the baby’s space with wonderful things as he or she grows!
Clearly you’ve got options, so get inspired! And remember to always use non-toxic paints and materials when decorating your baby's nursery.
For more useful info on how to get started with the prep for your new nursery, check out The Ultimate Checklist - How to Create the Best Baby Nursery. It covers general information on how to start, the best types of furniture, colours, planning the layout, and having the right tools/ materials to get started.
You can check us out on Pinterest and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest trends and rug inspo. Don’t forget you can visit our showroom, to view one of the largest collections of Persian Rugs in London. We also offer a ‘Try before you buy’ service.