J.R. asks from McKinney, TX on August 15, 2007
I need some good creative ideas. I have finally decided that at least for the 1st year I am going to let my 14 month old share his room with our newborn girl due in December. I figure that having all the baby things in one room will make it easier on my husband and I. Here is my dilemma. I need some creative nursery ideas that are gender neutral and use some of what I already have. Below the chair rail molding the room is painted a brick red and the upperhalf is the neutral brown we have in the rest of the house. We have all white cribs and a large dresser that is white with the drawer fronts painted the same red as the wall color. I really don't want to change the paint color but would be open to adding an additional color and am willing to scrap all the accessories we have now.
R.J. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
J.J. answers from Dallas on August 15, 2007
I agree with the others, animals are a great way to go. My sister actually used those same colors to go with her Noah's Ark theme.
C.P. answers from San Diego on August 15, 2007
A.A. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
A surf theme would work well too. There are tons of fun accessories to go with it and the theme will work as your kids grow as well.
D.K. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
I have a friend who did the same thing with her son and daughter. She went with a barnyard theme that is super cute. She had another friend of ours who is a wall muralist paint a barnyard theme on the walls.
J.R. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
We did a "vintage" themed nursery. I bought some an old dick and jane book and framed some of the pictures. Also, we bought some white wall shelves at target and put old pairs of baby shoes, some cute Golden children's books, etc. Many of the vintage fisher price toys are in the primary colors (red, blue, and white), so those would look cute as decor in the room too. You can find those at antiques store or on ebay. That way you can just pick solid colored bedding and maybe a throw rug and use the decorations to really light up the room.
C.M. answers from Dallas on August 15, 2007
What about bugs? My 7 mo. old's room is in what used to be the playroom. It is also a dark red on the bottom with a taupe above. We had used lady bug Wallies along the top of the chair rail http://www.borderstogo.com/873206.html (you can buy them at Michaels and use the 40% off coupon) when it was the playroom. Since she is our 3rd we didn't find out what we were having, but just decided that everything would be gender neutral. This is our bedding: http://www.borderstogo.com/873206.html (got a good deal new off of eBay ... I didn't pay that much!) I took the quilt to Kinkos and made enlarged color copies of the dragonflies and decopaged them amongst the ladybugs. It ended up very cute and would have been great for either gender. Hope this helps.
T.F. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
I did Noah & His Annimals for gender nuetral nursery and it worked great. The colors you currently have will fit well with a country safari type decor (Lamb's & Ivy has one simular, or at least they did, that worked great).
Just a thought!
N.H. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
How about a cute westerny cowboy/cowgirl theme. Your colors are right on-add some denim and a really cool westerny fabric. There are so many cute accessories for this look and I truly believe it is gender neutral-lots of options to girl it up or boy it up.
Good luck-nurseries are so much fun!
L.Z. answers from Dallas on August 16, 2007
I like the idea of a beach-themed room. That way, the kids can grow into it and you won't be re-doing the room in a year when they are past the infant stage. Also, if you decide to separate the kids later, the beach theme can stay in one room and you can add other boyish or girly accessories for that child. I would not put alot of thought into the bumper pads. They are supposed to be removed from the crib once the child can turn over and move close to the edge of the crib...for my child this was about 3 months! Focus on color on the sheets, window treatments, wall art, hang a quilt on the wall, etc...but not on the bumper pads - they just aren't used that long. Hope this helps! p.s. My little girl is getting a beach-themed room next year after she turns 3!