5 Gorgeous Gender-Neutral Nurseries

Move over pink and blue. Whether it's going to be a boy, girl, or a surprise, little ones—and their parents—will love these unisex nursery designs.

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Tracey Ayton

As unisex baby names grow in popularity, gender-neutral nurseries are also trending—and for good reason. Nursery designs that don't strictly read "boy" or "girl" won't require redecorating if you have another child of the opposite sex, and because of their more neutral styling, they might even work through the teenage years—making them much more eco-friendly bedrooms. They're also a great solution for homes where space is tight, because they can often easily double as a guest room. (A day bed in the nursery is a comfortable place for guests—or tired parents—to crash. You can also have story time there and use it as your child's bed when he or she outgrows the crib.)

We spoke to five design experts—Emily Henderson, Christina Loucks, Monika Hibbs, Ashley Darryl, and Charlotte Lucas—to get their best tips for decorating a nursery that feels kid-friendly but still sophisticated. From a beach house nursery to a circus-themed space, the looks may be different, but these rooms are fun, stylish, and give you—and baby—room to grow. The only thing you really need to remember? The new looks for nurseries is simply one you—and baby—love.

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Stick to a Neutral Color Scheme

Amber Fouts

Stick to a Neutral Color Scheme

For a soothing, relaxing, and warm baby girl's nursery, visual and brand strategist Christina Loucks stuck with a simple palette and let the "architecture, natural wood tones, and outdoors speak as the focal elements." A white crib, walls, and rug keep the look cohesive while an accent wall in chalkboard paint adds whimsy. "The color eventually comes in with toys and stuffed animals, but when the main space is kept neutral, it is a lot easier on the eyes when those toys do start to come out and play."

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Try Temporary Wall Decals

Tracey Ayton

Try Temporary Wall Decals

Monika Hibbs stuck to a crisp, clean color scheme of gray and white when she designed a gender-neutral nursery for her son Liam. To create visual interest, she used star wall decals from Urban Walls. The decals are an easy non-permanent alternative to wallpaper: They're easy to apply and can be easily removed or swapped out as your child grows and his or her tastes change.

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Know that Kid-Friendly Can Still Feel Sophisticated

David Tsay

Know that Kid-Friendly Can Still Feel Sophisticated

When it came time to create the nursery for designer and blogger Emily Henderson's son, Charlie, she wanted a gender-neutral nursery that made her just as happy to hang out in as it did him. Rather than a super specific design motif that immediately says "boy," such as baseball, Henderson went with menagerie wallpaper. "Every kid loves animals and color, so we jumped on that theme pretty easily," she says. She also kept the main furniture pieces simple and clean. "This will allow you to not only bring in any accent color, but also keeps it from swaying too far in one gender direction or another," she says.

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Use Green or Yellow Instead of Pink or Blue

Eric Striffler

Use Green or Yellow Instead of Pink or Blue

Interior designer Ashley Darryl designed this nursery with window treatments trimmed in pear green and multi-colored, polka-dot pillows. "I like to stick with the colors green or yellow, which are gender neutral, as a base," she says. "Then I add in coordinating accent colors, such as pink or purple for girls and blue for boys." For parents who don't want to find out the sex of their baby, this is also a great way to decorate the nursery, as you create a base room design and then update it with pink or blue accents once the big surprise arrives.

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Don't Forget to Add Texture

Courtesy of Charlotte Lucas

Don't Forget to Add Texture

If your nursery color scheme is neutral, then be sure to focus on texture, patterns, and details. "This will add charming character to the space," explains designer Charlotte Lucas, who designed this nursery—first for a girl, and later, easily updated for a boy—in a beach house in Charlotte, South Carolina. "I trimmed the nursery curtains with a vintage lace tape, used an antique daybed and child's chair that are custom upholstered, and chose rattan light fixtures to create a design personality to complement the style of any cute new resident."

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