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Tips And Tricks For A Modern, Gender-Neutral Nursery Fit For A Royal Baby

The nursery shouldn’t be an after-thought in the home’s design process. It is where a child’s formative years are cultivated, a space where he or she experiences his or her initial glimpses of the world.

In their first months, a baby can only see in black and white with shades of gray. Color vision does not develop until their fourth month. This makes a strong case to forgo the stereotypical gendered color palette for nurseries, let alone all the planning and execution it takes to put the nursery together. Consider this when deciding to surprise yourselves with your child’s gender.

Recently, royal expert Katie Nicholls reported in Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry have decided not to find out the gender of their child, and have chosen a very modern color palette for their nursery.  "According to sources who are helping with [their new home] renovations, the nursery itself is going to be very modern," Nicholl reported. "Apparently, it's going to be a monochrome palette—whites and grays, I'm told, will be the colour theme for baby Sussex's nursery." 



Sources haven’t revealed the overall design scheme of the nursery yet, and we can only look forward to it. In the meantime, here are some palette references to adopt the gender-neutral look:


1. Beige, gray, and white

Referencing calm vistas, this color palette is soothing. It makes for a blank canvas that can grow with your child as he or she develops. Consider starting with a glossy dove white for the crown, base, chair rail and wainscot paneling. Then fill the space with a warm beige on egg shell finish. As your child develops their preferences, the room can evolve with pastel shades as accents.



Too timid to try colors on beige or gray? Invest in textiles of different textures. Textures can add depth and warmth to whites, creams and beiges, adding visual interest to your nursery’s palette.




2. Natural finish

Another way to go modern and neutral in a nursery is to bank on the natural finish of wood. The organic patterns created by its grain and the rhythmic lines derived from finishing a room’s surfaces with its planks or panels are enough to hold a room together. Consider playing with gender-neutral accent colors such as yellow. For a fun spin, furniture that references the mid-century modern period will add a classic appeal to the room.




3. Bold wall treatment

Can’t resist the urge to inject color? Go for a bold wall treatment.  When mixing neutrals with a bold color, a good rule of thumb is the 60-40 ratio, where 60% is the neutral color. For a modern spin, keep the color to an accent wall. Patterns that reference a tropical theme, a jungle theme or safari theme are popular with children.




4. Black and white

Afraid to compromise your style quotient as you step into parenting? No problem. A black and white theme is not only chic and sophisticated for a nursery, it is also a very practical, low maintenance look. Remember, babies can only see in black, white and gray during their first years. This palette is perfect for their visual ability.



Photos from @potterybarnkids @crateandkids