Whether you're waiting for your baby's birth day, are having multiples that are different sexes or just don't want to go with the traditional pink or blue, a gender neutral nursery theme provides a way to decorate without pretty princesses or tough trucks. From gender-free colors such as white, yellow or green to patterns and prints that don't play to one of the sexes, creating an either-or nursery can still say "baby" without screaming "boy" or "girl."
Take a page from celeb Ivanka Trump's nursery theme choice and go with shades of white and cream. Featured in "Elle Decor", an all-white theme is gender-free -- no pinks or blues here -- and has a clean, classic feel. Instead of going with a stark white everywhere, you can mix it up and add in different types of white and cream. For example, you could try ivory on the walls, a cream carpet and a brighter white for the bedding.
While gray may seem dull or drab, it can be a gender-neutral color to use as a backdrop for your little one's nursery. Bravo's "Flipping Out" star Jenni Pulos told House Beautiful" magazine that she planned her gender-neutral nursery with a gray color scheme in mind. Take the gender-free gray to a more themed level and go with a black and white photography focus. Include different shades of black and gray, along with whites, to create an old fashioned photo look. Add in black and white prints of your pregnant belly, baby animals, children's toys or siblings to make the room fit for Baby.
Filling your baby's room with natural decor details provides a way to create a magical forest theme that is free from being too boyish or girly. Style consultant and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" star Tracy Hutson suggests creating tree silhouettes on the nursery walls with patterned papers. You can buy ready-made decals or cut your own from gender neutral wallpaper samples with striped green patterns or bold orange and brown designs. Other ways to carry on the magical forest theme include adding a baby woodland creatures mural, using garden-inspired bedding or choosing a grass green area rug to go under the crib.
Bright Lights, Big City
A busy cityscape may not seem like it shouts "baby." but you can use the skyscrapers, hustle and bustle of your favorite urban metropolis as a theme for your little one's room. A color block city mural is a bright way to add vivid colors in a cute, cartoonish way to your child's space, according to Gina Cohen, writing for MSN Living. Use stencils or wall decals to design wall-tall buildings across one accent wall in bold oranges, blues, greens and yellows. Tie the city colors into the baby's bedding, lamp shades or the furniture. Another option is to add framed photos of meaningful city buildings -- such as the hospital where you baby will be born -- to the walls.