This past weekend, Jack rolled over for the first time! So the vintage table/ changing table had to lose the changing table part. It would be way too easy for him to flip off. Instead, I have been changing him on a blanket on the bed or on the floor. While I still store all his diaper supplies over there, it now houses his toys as well. We put the shallow bookshelves up which store all the books–post to come later this week; but, we still needed some place to store his toys. Bringing out the toys, really livened up the room and brought some much needed warmth. Because I wanted to keep the room neutral, I always knew we would need to add some bright colors to “kiddify” it. It was just a tad too stark before.
By adding a DIY felt garland (post to come with sources) and bringing out his toys, the neutral baby’s room really started to look like a nursery. His DIY Bookshelves are on the other wall and they really finish off the room. Now, all I need to do is add a headboard and we will call it “done.” If you want a neutral nursery but still want to warm it up with some neutral accent colors, here are my top tips!
1.) Keep the background color (walls and sheets) white/ cream/ or a very soft yellow. By creating a soothing yet blank slate you can add kid touches everywhere else but they won’t compete with the walls. Also, no matter the gender you won’t have to repaint–husbands rejoice!
2.) Try to have a splash of color on each wall. Although most of the room is cream/ white, your eyes go to the colorful spots on each wall–the changing table with toys, the blue mirror above the crib, the book-filled bookshelves, and the blue/ green rocker and table.
3.) Invest in quality pieces. All of the toys aside from the bunny rabbit which was handmade and given by a friend are reused from Bowie’s nursery. By investing in beautiful toys, it’s ok to keep them out. They are more a display of art than a jumble of toys.
4,) Rule of threes–each room should have three main colors. For our nursery, the main colors are white/cream, greenish blue, and black. The crib and bedding, walls, sheets, bed, curtains are white; the rocking chair, mirror, side tables, shams are greenish blue; the curtains have black grosgrain ribbon, the rocking chair has black/ white fabric, and the changing table are black. By keeping the main elements of the room cohesive, it’s ok to add in bright colors in small doses (felt garland, books, toys.)
Elk Hanging Rack (from Furbish no longer available)/ Sharon Montrose Animal Store Prints/ Grimm’s Giant Boat/ Manhattan Toy Skwish/ Manhattan Toy Bear Stacker/ Handmade Bunny (gift from friend)/ Hape Shake & Match Shape Sorter/ Grimm’s Gnome House/ Oxo Tot Wipes
Did you find out the gender of your baby? We loved having it a surprise! We didn’t find out the gender for our first born, Bowie, either and we decided to go really bold with her nursery (completely different direction) yet it was still gender-neutral. What are your thoughts bold or neutral? Did you want a surprise or are you a planner and find out?