When it comes to decorating a nursery or looking for kids' bedroom ideas, there is a clear trend emerging. Pinterest's top trends report shows that search volumes around ‘unisex nurseries’ have gone up by 527% this year. Long gone are the days of pink for girls, blue for boys, princesses and superheroes, now we want to create unisex spaces that are gender-neutral and actually just a whole lot more stylish as well as being more inclusive.
So we spoke with 247 Blinds who have to a whole host of interior designers at their fingertips about how to create a gender-neutral children's’ space. And here are top tips they gave...
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1. Beginning with a neutral backdrop
A simple, neutral colour is the perfect place to start a unisex nursery or kid's bedroom. Interior designer and founder of the Slovakian Mimesis Studio, Marek Cegledy, agrees that this is the best place to begin. He says:
'Children’s bedrooms are an ever-changing thing and neutral colour palettes are far easier to adjust to a child's ongoing development. We wouldn’t usually totally refurbish our child’s bedroom every five years to fit with their advancing age, so a gender-neutral beige or cream base is more practical – both for the child and the parent!'
2. Incorporate block colours
Once you have got that blank canvas you can start adding pops of colour. Try and avoid the typical pinks and blues and go for less gendered colours – we love oranges or sage greens. Aarti Popat, an interior designer, has a few suggestions when it comes to colour. She says:
'I don’t believe in the age-old belief that boys like blue and girls like pink. I have both and I try to steer them away from gender stereotypes – lead as you want them to believe. Colours that I feel work well with gender-neutral spaces are oranges, greys and even purples. Using different depths of the colours works nicely too.'
3. Add interesting, even educational patterns
'If you’re keen to steer away from a football-themed boy’s den or a fairy-princess girl’s paradise – we recommend incorporating trending bedroom designs with educational interests such as wildlife, the alphabet and world cultures, that will help to encourage learning early on and help eliminate enforced stereotypes.'
4. Spread inclusive messaging in the form of prints
'According to the Pinterest trend report, search around ‘Inclusive Educational Posters’ has increased by 91% since last year. Though life-lesson wall hangings and slogan messaging are renowned for being a little cheesy – we believe that spreading positive energy only encourages positive opinions, ones that can really benefit your child’s attitude towards life. Just please avoid anything along the lines of ‘live, laugh, love’...