How to create a neutral nursery that’s not boring

Soothing, serene and restful –  a neutral nursery is a great design scheme that can remain relevant long past the baby years


How to create a neutral nursery that’s not boring

If you’re preparing your home for a new arrival and have resisted finding out the sex of your baby, or perhaps you simply aren’t excited by the traditional boy/girl colors of blue and pink, then consider choosing a colour scheme that will suit either.

We’ve chosen an animal theme for this gorgeous gender-neutral scheme, with a curious giraffe as the hero. This subtle natural scheme with its limited colour palette is soothing, serene and restful – all things a nursery should be. The key to creating a neutral look is to include lots of textural elements so it doesn’t look flat: think sheepskin, felt, wool and linen. This scheme would suit both boys and girls, and colourful elements can easily be added to suit your growing child.

If you like this look but want to add pastels…

Top tip

If you have wooden floors in your nursery a large rug or carpet square is essential as your little one will spend time on the floor. A rug is also a great way to add colour to the room.

Get the look

+ Incy Teeny cot, $1,190, from
Incy cot mattress, $209, from
Homestead flannel cot sheet set, $59.90, from Wallace Cotton.
+ Willow grey cot quilt (hanging over cot), $69.90, from Wallace Cotton.
+ Cotton comfort blanket (in cot), $89.90, from Citta.
+ Muskhane felt round cushion, $130, from Tea Pea.
+ Muskhane France small felt lampshades, $70 each, from Tea Pea.
+ Down to the Woods lamb (in round shelf), $15, from Tea Pea, from Tea Pea.
+ Round button small shelf, $495, from Bauhaus.
+ Muuto wall dots (set of 5), $220, from Bauhaus.
+ Giraffe magnetic wallpaper, $189, from
+ Wooden bear teether in box, $26, from Little Whimsy.
+ Mini milk bottle light, $25, from Little Whimsy.
+ T Lab pole wooden animals (in round shelf), $29 each, from Little Whimsy.
+ Knit jacket (hanging on hooks), $79.90, from Country Road.
+ Felt slippers, $40, from Good as Gold.
+ Felt pouf ball in stone, $485, from Good as Gold.
+ Gokarna felt spot rug, $240, from Good as Gold.
+ Lily and George toy giraffe (on floor), $39.95, from Shut the Front door.
+ Walls and floor painted in Resene ‘Black White’.

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.

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