Gone are the days of casually applying decades-old stereotypes, and more and more parents are choosing to raise their children with a child. non-sexist mindset . Parents want to let their children grow as they want, play with the toys they want, wear what they want, so that they can grow up feeling good about themselves.
If you want to create a space for your baby that promotes their personality and allows their creativity to shine (instead of embracing gender norms), we interviewed several interior designers for advice on how to design the room. perfect and neutral nursery for your youngster.
Whether you have a giant space or a tiny room for your newborn baby, these tips will help you create the perfect neutral nursery.
1. Play with non-traditional colors and don’t be afraid to be bold!
You find out that you are going to have a baby and the doctor will usually say, âIt’s a girl! Or “It’s a boy!” And depending on that answer, your nursery will end up in pink or blue. But this is so much the 20th century – it is 2021 now and we want our children to grow up with color and confidence.
Interior decorator Meredith Rodday suggests, âI like to focus on non-traditional colors – our last nursery design didn’t have a hint of pink or blue. Think green, teal, and neutrals like tan and gray.
Also don’t forget a nice soft yellow, the classic gender-neutral color. Interior decorator Sashya Thought says, “I believe that the room should not be overloaded with color to allow the children to relax and experience a calm environment.” With this mindset, you can go for grays, whites, pastels, etc. Remember that “toys tend to infuse a lot of colors by default, so keep a base color in one. blanket [or wall] is easy.”
On the other hand, interior designer and HGTV star Manors to negotiate Tamara daysays, âWhen considering a gender neutral nursery, you don’t have to stay away from blues and pinks. My boys wear pink and my daughter wears blue all the time. Navy in particular is super neutral, and it pairs so well with any color. “
2. Don’t rely too much on themes
Just because your gynecologist says you’re having a baby girl doesn’t mean you have to have your entire nursery covered in ballerinas and princesses from head to toe. These types of specific themes can get overwhelming very quickly.
Day said. “It can easily extend past a space, like a dog-themed room with a dog stool, dog wallpaper, and a dog lamp.” But, having accents in these themes is really lovely. I always try to think about how I can make a space grow with the kids. As a mother of four, I know a thing or two about how quickly children grow or tire of a look. I always suggest going for a âless is moreâ approach in permanent one-room installations. This will make the longevity of the room go beyond being a simple nursery and take it into toddlers and elementary years.
If you really want a theme for your nursery, go for something that is off the beaten track – think animals, the ocean, plants, etc.[s] the idea of ââan alphabet-themed room, completely gender neutral. It’s a learning environment from the start and can be done in a way that makes it stylish and beautiful but still super neutral.
But be aware that when your child turns 7, they may not want the ABCs plastered all over their walls. So you will have to take the brush and start from scratch. Remember, nursery themes don’t have to fit into gender stereotypes and gender neutral themes don’t have to be boring!
3. Don’t be afraid to use wallpaper or wall art
Think of the play as if you were designing it for someone whose gender you didn’t know, because you do not know the sex of your child at birth. They can be assigned one at birth, but in the end, they may find that they don’t fit that mold.
Adding bold graphic wallpaper is a great way to add color to your baby’s room without reinforcing gender stereotypes from the get-go. Also, with the invention of removable wallpaper, it is very easy to peel off and replace as your child grows up and their interests change. It’s a bit of work to apply it, but it’s a unique way to decorate your nursery.
Besides wallpaper, wall art and shelf art help bring your room to life. Thind recommends: âFamily photos, including grandparents, extended family are great options for art while staying connected. ”
Day suggests: “A beautiful piece of art depicting an ocean scene or a field of flowers is completely neutral and calming, which is what everyone wants in a nursery.”
Rodday recommends, âI also like adding a lot of texture in the form of woven materials and leather to keep the piece visually interesting. A beautiful piece of mixed art can add depth to your room. Check out local stores or Etsy for unique pieces. Play with it, personalize it and have fun.
4. Enjoy playtime with toys of all interests
One way to design a gender neutral nursery is to focus on promoting your child’s personality. You want your child to be able to grow up in himself and to express himself freely. But with a nursery that has everything neat and tidy, this can be difficult to do.
Give them a play area, perhaps a comfortable machine washable mat to prevent any spills or accidents that would likely happen, and let their imaginations run wild!
Provide their bedroom with art supplies galore, stuffed animals and action figures, monster trucks and dolls, and more. This will give them options as they grow older, so you can see if they gravitate more to LEGOss or Squishmallows.
Make sure the shelves are set low so your child can choose for themselves what items they want to play with (but be sure to keep potentially dangerous items that can be swallowed out of reach until they are is old enough).
5. Get a reading chair – it fosters a place of open conversation
A reading chair is a great place to doze off while rocking your baby to sleep. The thought says: “[Sitting together is] a good habit to instill early. Something that works for a baby and a parent to comfortably engage.
Not only is a reading chair a great place to read to your kids and spend quality time together, it’s also a place that fosters open conversation and trust between parent and child. These are essential as your baby grows on her own and develops a sense of self-awareness.
Also, make sure you have a nifty way to organize the books that you will read to your little one. Day says, âEvery nursery should have a unique and neat way to display the books, preferably so that children can get their hands on them. There are so many beautiful children’s books that you can use them on open shelf as a display counts as a work of art. Having a low shelf with all the favorites makes bedtime reading a must.
When stocking these shelves, don’t settle for stereotypical girls and boys books. Check out Amazon or your local bookstore for recommendations on books to instill strong values ââin your child from an early age. Read them books about equality, books about two moms or two dads, books about powerful women in history, show them that there is more to the world than the “nuclear family” than so many kindergarten books have to offer.
6. Leave room for the transition
As your child grows and flourishes, you want the nursery to fit seamlessly into their childhood bedroom, then into their teenage bedroom, and more. If you go too far with renovations or design choices, you’ll either have to start all over again in a few years when you realize your kid hates the color green or wants to turn their bedroom into an art studio for all of their designs, or force your way. child to live in a space that does not reflect their personality (which could lead to suppressing their true feelings and years of therapy down the road).
As an interior designer Shannon Tate Giordano Simply put: “Focus your selections on inspiring and stimulating your child’s imagination, rather than what a girl or boy may like.” Because who knows, right? We are all individuals.
This is exactly what your little one is, an individual. It may not sound like it right now as they are wordless and cannot eat or poop without someone’s help, but with the right kind of parenting your baby will grow into a fantastic human being that you will be. proud to call yours.
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