Gender-Neutral and -Specific Color Combos

Here's a nursery decorating idea for those parents who don't find out their child's gender until birth: Come up with a color scheme in which your main color is gender-neutral and the complimentary color is gender-specific. This way, you can paint and get the nursery reasonably prepared before baby arrives, then add to it once you know if you have a boy or a girl! Some combos we like are listed after the jump:

  • Golden Yellow Looks great with either soft pink or navy blue.
  • Dark Brown Pair it with either light pink or light blue.
  • All White With strong hot pink or vivid blue accents.
  • Gray Looks good with either light pink or silvery blue.

While it's tough to continue decorating the nursery after baby is born, they may not use it much in the early months, anyway. This means you can squeeze in little touches of your gender-specific color over a period of time before the nursery is getting full-time use from your little one.

(Images: Making It Lovely, Domino via Ohdeedoh, DecorPad, In the Fun Lane)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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