Beckett & Cooper's Not-At-All-Neutral Gender Neutral Room

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Name: Beckett (2) & Cooper (1)
Location: Denver, Colorado

When we were expecting our first child, we decided that we wanted the baby’s sex to be a surprise, so that meant a gender neutral nursery would be in order. Many family and friends acquainted with my Type A personality seemed surprised that I wouldn’t want to know whether we were having a boy or a girl so that I could plan accordingly. I had a different perspective.

The way I saw it, creating a great gender neutral nursery would be the ultimate form of planning for the future. Knowing we would have a second child in the future, I wanted to decorate a nursery that could become baby number two’s room without the need to spend the money to redecorate.

But just because the nursery was going to be gender neutral didn't mean it had to be neutral at all! I wanted to create an animal themed nursery in which white animals were contrasted against bold colors, creating a room that was a modern and simplistic take on the traditional zoo animal nursery theme. To keep the color scheme bright, but gender neutral I selected teal for the walls with touches of red, yellow and green throughout the space.

We now have two sons, Beckett, who is 2, and Cooper, who is almost 1, and even though even though Beckett is now moving down the hall to his new "big boy" room, he still loves to spend time in the nursery reading books to his little brother! We spend a lot of time together as a family in this nursery, and it has been such a fun and lively space in which to watch our babies turn into little boys right before our eyes.

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  • The standout feature of the room is certainly the ombre striped walls! My husband and I painted the stripes ourselves, and it was definitely a labor of love! It was challenging to pick the paint colors - many were a little two blue or a little too green for what I envisioned- but we settled on five colors from Benjamin Moore: {from light to dark} White Rain, Kensington Green, Fort Pierce Green, Polished Slate, and Hidden Falls.
  • Aside from the walls, my favorite element of the room is the quilt that hangs above the crib! I really wanted to have a special quilt in the nursery handmade by my talented mom, but I thought it would be fun to collaborate on the design. I hand drew a series of animal silhouettes, then we worked together to select bright colored fabrics and come up with the layout of the quilt she worked her magic to bring it to life. I especially love the hand stitching around each animal! My mom also made an adorable elephant mobile, and used fabric from the quilt for the elephants' ears.
  • The nook by the closet was the perfect place for our changing station, but we decided to forgo a standard changing table in favor of a simple three drawer dresser from Idea and added a temporary changing table to the top. The tray has a great non-slip gripper base, and hasn't moved once since we first put it in place. We swapped out the standard drawer pulls in favor of bright red number knobs that really give the inexpensive dresser a custom look.
  • Of course, my sons also have their favorite elements of the room as well. They include the giant giraffe wall decal, the red Eames Elephant that they can climb and sit on, and the Alphabet Zoo poster (by Jen Ski). When Beckett was just learning to talk, his favorite game was the "Look! That?" game. He would stare at the poster and stay "Look! That?" while pointing to each animals one by one.
  • One of the hardest items in the nursery for me to select was the rocker. I really loved some of the high style modern rocking chairs out there, but I didn't love the price tags. However, I also didn't like the look of most traditional nursery gliders. I decided to stop looking for a "nursery" chair, and simply find a chair that would be comfortable and durable. I ended up purchasing a streamlined leather rocker from Scandinavian Designs. In addition to being super comfy, I am reminded why leather was a great choice over fabric upholstery each time I wipe up spilled milk (among other things).

Thanks, Angela! Readers, for more details on this nursery, including Before shots and product sources, visit Blue i Style blog.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.