A Gender Neutral Nursery Design Plan

I started writing this post about the design of our nursery when we were just adding the finishing touches. I was thirty-eight weeks pregnant at the time, and two days later, we became parents. Now that we’re slowly finding our footing, I thought it would be a lot of fun to share a little bit more of the progress of the nursery, from the initial design plan to the eventual result, on the blog.

While it was new to us when we purchased it four years ago, our home came with its own history. Built in the 1960’s, it had been let for more than fifty years to a single family. It had seen stages of growth, loss, remarriage and happiness. By the time we came round, the house had been thoroughly lived in and most everything had fallen into disrepair.

We replaced and renovated and mended and did things ourselves with the idea that it had to be liveable first, and only then we would we start, slowly, making design decisions. So, when I fell pregnant, I put off making any sort of formal and concrete design plans until after I’d had the all clear at our 20-week scan.

My goal was to create a calming, bright, minimalist and gender neutral nursery, so that we could continue to utilise the space as time went on. Oh, and perhaps most importantly, that it wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to furnish.

Gender Neutral Nursery Design Plan


1. Grey Round Ceiling Lamp (similar here) // 2. White Dresser // 3. Elephant Printable Nursery Art // 4. Co-Sleeper Crib // 5. Soft Teddy Bear // 6. Crib Blanket (similar here) // 7. Beech Baby Rocker (in Sweet Grey) // 8. Winnie the Pooh Map

The walls would remain the neutral shade of off-white we had it painted in when we moved in, providing a neutral backdrop for all of the neutral furniture and decor I had envisioned. The space has since unfolded, and come into its own, with some last-minute design decisions I frankly hadn’t seen coming when I started out.

Have you ever designed a nursery? Is there something you would do differently or something you feel like is missing from the design plan? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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  • Veronica
    November 25, 2019

    I definitely would have completed the nursery sooner. I think in the end everything worked out but there was a lot of rushing, which with a newborn (or two in my case) is not ideal.

    • Sarah
      November 26, 2019

      Two newborns, what an absolute star you are! I can imagine that the rush of trying to finish things can be overwhelming at any point, but especially the newborn stage. I hope you’re doing well and getting all of the rest ♥

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