Whether it’s a passing trend or a sign of things to come, more & more expectant parents are opting for gender-neutral nurseries to welcome their baby to. Read on to decode why as well as explore some great décor ideas that could inspire you!
A quick search on Nursery Décor on Pinterest unveils a universe of ideas that are progressively modern. From Scandi-inspired minimalist décor to Jungalow wildness, there’s more than one design track available, a far cry from the candy pinks and baby blues of yore.
Perhaps it’s a physical manifestation of the gender equality discourse that has been happening over the past few decades? Parents today mostly belong to the Millennial Generation, where they came into their own in the past 10 years. They’ve seen the feminism movement, from its struggle to its somewhat accepted establishment and they have equal partnership in their marriages. They’ve also seen the way in which its explored – from fashion to careers to even lifestyle choices. Why wouldn’t they want to continue this legacy of open-mindedness?
Gender-neutral nurseries break the concept of gender stereotyping right from the start, which is a very healthy environment for a baby to grow up in. To have the freedom to explore their personality, their likes & dislikes all outside of a traditional gendered home prepares them even for the playschool!
And let’s be honest: there’s something freeing when it comes to designing and styling a gender-neutral nursery! Parents today are opting for a design thought or a movement that fits within their home décor, one that’s opinionated & stylish. After all, it’s always a good idea to inculcate a strong voice for style from a young age, right?
Go minimalist with a Scandi theme
With Instagram & Pinterest reigning, there’s never a dearth of #inspiration to be found, especially with several accounts dedicated to being a Mommy Blogger. They know what’s up, what style is in, what food is good - and that’s why they have millions of followers. A cursory check through their Instagram while just waiting at the gynaec, for instance, leaves one inspired and wanting for more. It’s quick and on-the-go. Perfect for millennial mothers!
Inspired to create your own Gender-Neutral Nursery? Here are a few ideas that our team at The Mommy Collective put together to get you thinking…
When it comes to doing up the nursery, fun & safety are two tenets to live by. Child-proof electrical outlets, rounded edges – we know you’ve done your research, but here’s how to make it look good!
Add colorful buntings for a fun Circus theme
Explore a Circus Theme: Which child doesn’t enjoy a visit to the circus? The colours, the lights, the funny faces; it is such a happy place. Recreate it for your child using brightly-painted furniture in reds, yellows and blues, incorporate interesting décor accents such as hot-air balloon lights - there’s a lot of material to start working with!
Add jungle accents for a adventurous Safari theme
Embark on a Safari: Cultivate that adventurous spirit in your young ‘un with a Safari or Jungle-themed room. Not only will they appreciate being around nature (green is very restful for the eyes), but will also develop a strong sense of empathy. Create a mural featuring different animals (great to start teaching with!), incorporate cute elements such as animal head drawer knobs… let your imagination run wild!
What are your thoughts on Gender-Neutral nurseries? We’d love to hear from you!