Having a baby is a pure joy, however preparing for the baby is a task in itself. Whether you’re already aware of the sex of your baby, or you’re planning to keep it a surprise, you should consider creating a gender neutral nursery. Not only are they a beneficial environment for your child to grow into, they also create a pain free transition from childhood to teenagehood. Here are some easy ways you can create a gender neutral room for your kids.
Starting off with a blank canvas is an essential for any gender neutral room. Although gender isn’t colour exclusive, there is certainly associations between colour and gender. Pale, pastel colours are a great option for a gender neutral room, such as creams, white and greys. Neutral shades often brighten up a room and make any space feel larger. Of course, you don’t have to keep everything monochromatic; that’s the beauty of a blank canvas. You can add rather have to detract from the walls, so if your child grows adoring the colour pink, you can add pink everywhere.
Delve Into Other Colours
In Australia, typically blue is for boys and pink is for girls. However, there are other colours that can be used in kid’s rooms that are neutral to gender. These include yellow, green, orange or purple. These colours can be used in a number of ways in your kid’s room, whether it be with some artwork on the walls, a funky bedspread or toys. A common trend that can be found on Pinterest is using non-traditional colours as feature walls, or accent furniture pieces. An example of this could be with a mustard coloured nursing chair, surrounded by grey walls. The pop of colour adds life to any room, and it isn’t exclusive to a certain gender. Voight Holgar from Design Doctors has the perfect solution for those struggling with colour choices in their kid’s room. ”Gender specific colours are influenced by cultural aspects. For example, those 'contrary' French use pink for boys and blue for girls. Or maybe it's the Anglo Saxons who are contrary with blue for boys and pink for girls. It's simply a cultural difference. Neither one is necessarily better than the other. Some parents subject young children to insipidity coloured rooms, hoping to create serenity and calmness. However the young developing brain has many more potential inter-neural pathways during childhood than the mature brain has. For this reason, a carefully crafted, creative balance of colours, shapes, textures and lighting will do more to stimulate brain development than a purely neutral palate. Take care with decorating kids' rooms and don't be afraid to change the schemes to avoid them becoming boring or inconsistent with the stage of life a child is at. Importantly, avoid choking hazards, and use low volatile organic compound paints..” Follow Design Doctors on Instagram for more inspiration.
Benefits Of A Gender Neutral Kid’s Room
There are so many benefits of raising a child in a gender neutral bedroom. Raising kids with a gender neutral environment can improve their creativity and wealth for knowledge; sticking to a stereotypical gendered colour may stunt that growth. Monochrome shades are very on trend for kid’s rooms, including shades of blues, blacks and greys. These colours are calming and soothing, which can promote healthy sleep and concentration levels. If your child is at the age where they are starting to play with toys, see which ones they’re interested in. Remember, you shouldn’t push your kids to play with gender-neutral toys if they show an interest in “boy’s” toys, let them be! If they are showing an interest for a certain toy or colour, you can always add to an existing neutral room. That’s the beauty of a gender neutral room, you can add to it, rather than subtract from it. It’s cheaper in the long term having a gender neutral room, as they are timeless and classic in design.
Grow Into The Room, Not Out Of It
A downside to having a gender exclusive bedroom is once they grow up, they may want to change the entire face of their sleeping space. Before you know it, they’ll be sticking up posters of Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik, disregarding all of their past love for pinks and blues. If they begin with a gender neutral room, you’ll most likely avoid the topic of discussion about repainting over their hot pinks walls. Nicole Yeardley from Wallsauce has the perfect recommendations for those who would love to add life to their kid’s room, but want to maintain a gender neutral atmosphere. “Wallsauce.com creates stunning made-to-measure wallpaper murals that are shipped worldwide. From 1000s of stock images to its designer collection, there's a wallpaper mural for every home. It’s latest collection titled 'The Wallsauce Collection' has been carefully developed by its in-house designers for gender-neutral spaces. The 16-piece collection features four designs in four muted colourways. All of Wallsauce's wallpaper murals are made t o fit your dimensions and are available for print onto a choice of wallpapers including peel and stick - perfect for rented accommodation." Find out more about Wallsauce by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Gender neutral rooms are a great way for a kid to grow into themselves. As they grow, you can keep them happy no matter what their room looks like. When they start to get older, you can just replace the mattress topper, rather than the entire room. The options are endless, and they benefit both you and your kids as you both get older!