I'm Stuck: How To Decorate Gender-Neutral Nursery?

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Q: Hello Apartment Therapy readers: We are expecting our second baby in August and we are going to be surprised if it's a boy or girl.

We did the same with our first and with decorating for that room, it turned out to be not-so-hard. I used light grey walls, painted an old pine dresser a fun turquoise color, threw in some pops of yellow and white and grey and more turquoise and called it a day.

This time it's different. I'm stuck:

When we first found out we were expecting, Container Store had their Elfa closets on sale, so I jumped at getting one installed in the New Baby closet. Right before it was installed, I panicked and painted it a color that I've been obsessed with: teal (because I love a pop of color in a closet!) So now I've got a fun teal closet and I have no idea what to do with the rest of the darn room. Especially what to paint the walls.

In my pictures, you can see the closet (Behr "Blue Jewel") and two pieces of furniture that will be staying in the room: the MCM credenza which I picked up off of Craigslist (don't worry! I won't paint that!) and the white glider & ottoman which I got wicked cheap from the Land of Nod warehouse sale.

Some ideas I have had but aren't married to:
1. Painting the walls a white creamy color and painting big gold polka dots on one or all the walls. Maybe a wood toned crib, more teal and possibly poppy red in the room?

2. Painting the walls creamy white and doing a multi-colored herringbone on one wall.

3. Painting another color, but what????????????

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Please, Apartment Therapy commenters... I beg of you! What do I do? (And yes, the hideous fake stained glass decal will be coming down. Thank you, previous owners.)

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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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