April 27th, 2012

Turning a Girl’s Nursery into a Boy’s

I have two children, a boy and a girl. (People joke and say “oh, you got one of each, you’re done!”) So that means I’ve decorated a nursery twice, once for each gender. The room started out as a guest room that I’d painted a neutral grayish taupe. I loved the color so much that I decided to keep it for the nursery, and bring in more color though the fabrics and decorations in the room.


I love pink, and even though I didn’t choose the hue for the walls, I knew I wanted it to be present in my little girl’s nursery, so I used it in the curtains, bedding, and other accessories. I also decided to keep the white rug and the trim I’d painted white to keep the awkward, small room feeling bright and open.



Keeping the paint color and bringing in color through fabrics and accessories worked out so well that I took the same approach when I moved my daughter into a larger room and redecorated the nursery for a boy. Instead of pink, I used green and orange, along with the neutral base of the room. The redecorated nursery looked like this:




If my husband and I ever have a third child, I can see myself keeping the same color on the walls to make it through yet another transformation. Maybe we’d even keep the gender a surprise… we’ve got the room (and hand-me-down clothes) covered either way!