Good Questions: Paint Color for a Gender Neutral Nursery?

Good Questions: Paint Color for a Gender Neutral Nursery?

Julia Cho
May 1, 2008

Stephanie sent us an email and she needs your decorating ideas!

I'm decorating a gender neutral nursery for our baby due in November. In the last year, I've really started paying attention to design concepts and pouring over ideas especially here on Ohdeedoh. But I'm finding I'm at a loss for what to do.

I've picked out several fabric swatches from Joel Dewberry's collections ranging in colors ochre to espresso. A few of these I will use to make the bedding set (a very simple bumper, crib sheet and skirt) for a Jenny Lind style crib. Adjectives to describe what I want would be warm, buttery, and light.

I'm struggling with picking out a paint color. I don't want the walls to be the focal point but instead to reflect light and give off a really warm ambience. I've been thinking of painting the walls a light yellow but at the same time, I'd like to use the yellow fabrics for the crib set. Should I use yellow for the walls and bedding or go to an off white or beige wall? Furniture is an eclectic mix. Any input from anyone who knows what they are doing would be greatly appreciated.

Stephanie told us she's planning on using the second row of three swatches above for the bedding.

We think yellow walls and yellow bedding might be too much. A creamy white would let the bedding pop more and still lend the warmth you're looking for. Readers- suggestions?

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