Decided to keep your baby’s gender a last-minute surprise? This is such a thrilling aspect of the entire experience of having a baby.
Once, it could seriously hamper translating your baby nursery ideas into action.
Not any more.
As more and more parents opt for gender neutral baby room themes, the concept seems to have grown manifold.
The reasons for going neutral are as different as the babies
for whom they are meant.
Whatever your reason, baby product manufacturers offer an impressive collection of gender neutral baby nursery themes choices. You could also go ahead with your own baby nursery ideas and create a nursery as unique as your precious baby.
The color scheme you choose will differentiate your nursery from the traditional pink baby girl nurseries and blue baby boy nurseries. Colors such as green, yellow, red, grey are just as great, and available in more shades than you can think of.
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If a particular shade of the traditional colors catches your attention, mixing it with another neutral color would work just as easily.
Have you seen Eric's Sunny Nursery - the gorgeous grey and yellow hues work great in a neutral nursery.
As in all home decorating decisions, you
need Inspiration. This is easier than you think. Choose a baby crib
bedding for the nursery and use the colors in it for the walls.
In the bedding pictured above, you can use either the light brown/beige or the lightest of the greys as the neutral color, with pops of black and a darker shade of beige.
Tip: Look for the most pale or neutral color in the print. If you want to mix 2 shades, remember to do most of the room in the neutral color with a few pops of the bolder shade.
Sometimes the themes just seem so overdone. Creating new baby nursery themes are just as easy. Make a list of your personal hobbies (such as Books, Horses, Tennis…) and choose one as the theme.
For a more childish feel, visit your local library and look for childhood storybook characters…perhaps your favorite nursery rhyme.
(Imagine a baby room designed over
‘Hey Diddle, Diddle,
The Cat and the Fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the Moon’.
You can stencil the rhyme on a wall. Enjoy shopping for decorating accessories in cats, fiddles, cows and moons…what a beautiful, fun filled room!)
You can also personalize it with your child's name as in the picture.
Another gender neutral concept is of baby graphics.
Baby bottles, diaper pins, strollers, all form excellent bases for baby nursery themes. However, these themes do not grow with your baby. You may have to discard them as your baby enters his toddler years.
Finalize your baby nursery themes and start decorating the nursery as soon as possible. Reasons?
If you plan to paint the walls, it takes time for the paint fumes to diffuse. Both the mom-to-be and the newborn baby (when he/she arrives) should stay away from harmful paint fumes.
Also most baby furniture and baby bedding sets need to be ordered and can take a few weeks to arrive. Give yourself time to receive them and also to check that the quality is as promised (so you do not have to re-order)
Your energy level and ability to do the hard labor in decorating reduces as you advance in your pregnancy. Finishing the nursery early will allow you to relax and even spend quiet time in the nursery during the last trimester.
Can’t change the wall colors? No problem. If you happen to live in a rented apartment or change your city too often, painting the room walls is not an option.
This does not mean you cannot decorate the walls. Choose from an array of wall murals, wall art, posters, wall borders and wall stickers. These are all relatively inexpensive and easy to remove without damaging the walls.
For parents who want their baby’s gender to be a surprise,
going with gender neutral baby nursery themes is the best option.
But what if after the baby is born you change your mind? Once your baby arrives and you decide you want the nursery to reflect the gender, it is easy.
Introduce accessories that are more gender specific. Add lace to the existing curtains for your baby girl. Patch cars and truck cutouts onto the neutral themed comforter for your baby boy. Or simply pick out the letters to form his/her name in the boyish or girlish color scheme.
When designing your baby's neutral nursery, you are only limited by the extent of your creativity. Once you have the baby nursery ideas firm in your mind, you can mold them around to suit your budget.
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