Pink for a girl and blue for a boy are the expected nursery colours. The high street is awash with pinks and blues for expectant parents to buy for their future boy or girl. Pink bunting, blue bunting, love hearts, toy trains, dinosaurs, fire engines and flowers seemingly abound in every parent and baby department.
However, an increasing number of parents choose not to find out the gender of their child during pregnancy. Many enjoy the surprise and the anticipation of the birth even more if they do not know whether they will be taking a son or a daughter home with them from the hospital.
One drawback to finding out the baby’s gender ahead of the birth is the fact that sonographers are human and can make mistakes. From an ultrasound alone, results can be a highly educated assessment or guess, but not a guarantee of accuracy. It could well be the case that a parent thrilled to be expecting a girl could leave hospital with a healthy son instead, or vice versa.
Preparations for a baby can be an exciting part of pregnancy. The nursery stands central to these preparations, but how to decorate the room is a common dilemma when you have chosen not to find out the gender of your baby or if you are in any doubt as to which gender your child will be.
It is therefore a good idea to stick to a neutral theme for your nursery, and this can be done very successfully with imagination and planning. Some parents will choose one theme and use that as a starting point. A jungle-themed room would have animal pictures, be painted in greens, whites, yellows or reds and be suitable for a boy or a girl. Animal murals or wall stickers are widely available and furnishings and rugs in bright jungle colours are easy to procure.
Similarly, a colour theme on its own could be used. Just as colour blocking in fashion is popular, so it is in interiors. Blocks of colour used in rugs, curtains, bedding, cushions and paintwork can be hugely effective and timeless. There will be no need to redecorate when your child grows out of it. Musical mobiles, colourful curtains and rugs can complete the picture and make for a stimulating environment for a boy or a girl.
Nature themes can provide a simple and neutral background for a nursery and the possibilities are endless. Using trees, animals, seasons and colour, a nature-themed bedroom can look fresh and clean, with tones of green and white, or blue skies and clouds. Simple abstract patterns in natural shades or prints and paintings can make for a room that never goes out of date and is, of course, suitable for either gender. Cot bedding, sleeping bags and cot bumpers are often available in gender-neutral tones of beige, yellow, green or cream.
Murals are often a popular choice for a baby’s room but if parents are not artistically inclined, or are afraid of making mistakes, many shops now sell high quality wall stickers, often removable, that will not damage walls. A professional look can be obtained with the right design, without the designer price tag.
A carefully thought out neutral room can last years longer than a specific boy or girl nursery and the furnishings and storage can often be used for other purposes at a later date.
Using these simple tips and a bit of careful planning, “why has he got a pink nursery?” is a question that wise parents will never have to hear.