“Blue for boys and pink for girls” is what many people think when they’re planning to decorate their child’s bedroom. But what if you have two children, a boy, and a girl, sharing a room? You can’t paint it half pink and half blue. Or maybe you’re not a fan of either pink or blue, or you think associating a specific color with gender is ridiculous. We’ve got a few tips that will help you create a room that is beautiful to decorate a gender-neutral room.
To decorate a room for boys and girls in a gender-neutral way, follow these tips:
- Pick a gender-neutral wall paint
- Pick a gender-neutral design element
- Keep the furniture basic
- Go for checks, stripes, and dots
- Add neutral-colored shelves
Pick a Gender Neutral Wall Paint
When deciding what color to paint your child’s room, there are a variety of gender-neutral colors that you can choose from. Since blue is mostly associated with boys, and pink with girls, these colors should be avoided.
If you want to create a brightly colored room, yellow is a great option. If you use a lighter, chalky shade of yellow, it’s totally fine to paint all the walls the same color. But if you are going for a brighter shade of yellow, we advise you to only paint one of the walls yellow and leave the others white. This will balance the intensity of the color and make the room look super cool. Green is also a gender-neutral option, just follow the same rule: if you choose light green, go ahead and paint all the walls, but if you want a darker, more intense green, just paint one Wall.
Yellow is a color with a lot of personalities, and it can be difficult to match with Furniture and décor. Depending on the other elements in the room, you might consider neutral hues like gray or white. White or off-white walls will go well with all kinds of furniture. Light gray is also an underrated and very soothing color and will look great with all kinds of furniture.
Another cool option is to go for black and white wallpaper or to paint one of your walls with a black and white pattern. Any color will look good against a black and white background.
Pick a Gender-Neutral Design Element
When choosing the design element for your room, whether it’s a mural or wall décor, or a general decoration piece, avoid dolls and cars. Things like dolls, princesses, cars, and superheroes are so strongly associated with one or another gender and won’t fit in a gender-neutral room.
Gender-neutral options include animals, trees, and shapes. Done right, these options bring a fun decor element to your child’s room. The use of animals in design can give a very lively vibe to the room and can also be a source of creativity. Kids can name those animals and make up stories about them.
Keep the Furniture Basic
When you go to buy furniture for your child’s room you will find plenty of pieces designed specifically for boys or girls. Some examples include beds with the headboard shaped like a crown or the entire bed shaped like a car.
When it comes to furniture, the best way to keep your room gender-neutral is to go for basic furniture designs. If you think the basic bed designs will look too boring, you can go for options like bunk beds or loft beds. But when choosing a bunk or loft bed, make sure the size of the bunk bed (or loft bed) fits the size of your room and it uses neutral colors.
Furniture made of solid wood is a great choice for a gender-neutral room. You can choose from very light to very dark shades of wood as per your liking. Wooden furniture is not only sturdy but it also brings an element of warmth to the room.
Go for Stripes, Checks, and Dots
Now that we have come up with a solution for the walls and furniture, what about the curtains, sheets, rugs, and cushions? Should you choose floral sheets or go for sheets with superheroes printed on them? Although these are some of the most common types of sheets available, they are not gender-neutral.
If your walls have a lot of design in them, you can safely choose to use plain sheets of neutral colors for your bed and also keep the curtains plain. Going for blinds instead of curtains is also a great option. But if your walls are plain, it’s a good idea to choose sheets and curtains that have some design in them.
A great idea for the gender-neutral design is to use stripes, checks, and dots. You can also mix and match patterned sheets with plain pillowcases or vice versa. While choosing designs like stripes, checks, and dots for your curtains or sheets, make sure that they are in gender-neutral colors.
Add Neutral Colored Shelves
Adding shelves to one of the walls is also a stylish way to decorate a room in a gender-neutral manner. You can go for cubicle shelves in a neutral color such as white to create a neat look. The shelves will not only act as a decorative element but will also provide storage.
Another option is to go for polished wooden shelves. This will go very well with wooden furniture and create cozy vibes in the room. You can decorate the shelves with colorful books (which are also a gender-neutral option) or decoration pieces that are not specific to any gender.
A great thing about adding shelves is that you can easily convert this room from a gender-neutral room to a more boyish or girly room by simply altering the décor items on the shelves.
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