It seems that the traditional pink and blue rooms for kid’s rooms will always be traditional, but gender neutral rooms are increasing in popularity. Whether it’s because decorative colors don’t have to be gender biased, or more children are sharing rooms with their siblings, gender neutral rooms can be appealing to all. Rooms that have colors that appeal to both genders also increases individuality and will create rooms that kids love. Check out these 10 ways to make your kid’s room gender neutral and look great for years to come!
1.) Create a theme: Themes don’t have to be limited to cars and flowers. Gender neutral themes can range from animals to musical instruments! Teach your children early about shapes, colors and numbers with gender neutral themes.
2.) Choose furniture for the future: When buying nursery furniture, buy furniture in natural woods, white, or black to use for future siblings! We often buy furniture that is only for one child. Gender neutral finishes will be more versatile for the future.
3.) Gender neutral colors are beautiful: Whether you choose the pastel side of the color spectrum: sage greens, butter yellows, and tans or the saturated side with espresso browns, reds, and gold. Gender neutral rooms can have colors that compliment or contrast each other. Add neutral trim colors to bring the room together effortlessly.
4.) Furniture styles can be versatile: Avoid furniture that has a lot of ornamentation and adornment. Furniture with script detailing and complicated woodworking can be perceived as being favored to one gender or the other. Instead consider modern clean lines that will suit both genders.
5.) Use wall stickers for versatile décor: If you are decorating a kid’s room with growing children, wall stickers are a perfect way to appeal to both genders without costly room décor changes. From nature scenes to sport activities, growing children can choose what appeals to them, and can change as they grow.
6.) Unite the room with color: If you are decorating rooms that both genders must share consider using colors that compliment on both sides. A room that uses espresso brown as a unifying color can then use apple green for the boys side and a light pastel green on the girls side. One room can have individuality while still providing unity.
7.) Ask older children for their thoughts: Gender neutral rooms aren’t only for younger children. Tween and teenagers who may not share a room, but may have outgrown typical color schemes for their rooms. Ask your teens for the colors they enjoy. You would be surprised that orange and purple are huge hits for older kids and yes, they are gender neutral too!
8.) Multifunctional rooms: If your child shares a room with a home office or alternate space, a gender neutral color will help meld the space together. Use a neutral color palette of modern browns, tans, yellows and greens to unite the space. Nature derived colors will provide a unity and feeling of wholeness within the room.
9.) Choose a pattern as inspiration for décor: Have you found a quilt or piece of artwork that you love the colors but don’t know how to work it into your décor. Gender neutral rooms can derive inspiration from artwork or hanging quilts by pulling color choices for bedding, wall treatments, carpets and accessories from.
10.) Decorate with names: As simple as it is, alphabet décor is a popular way to achieve a gender neutral room without having to splurge on décor. Stain wood letters representing your child’s name over their bed. Use fun alphabet nursery rhymes to bring a whimsical touch to their room. The more personalized a space can be, the less gender specific the room needs to be.
Your child’s room can be exciting and fun with gender neutral décor and colors. Take your time and envision what feeling you want your child’s room to evoke. These 10 tips will help you create a special place for the room that you always wanted for your children, regardless of their gender. Embrace the process and enjoyment of decorating your child’s room.
Freshome reader’s do you have multiple gender children sharing a space? How have you decorated it? Share with us, we’d love to hear!