I didn’t know the gender of the twins or Banjo until they arrived, so naturally I was excited to collaborate with Supa Centa Moore Park to share my tips, tricks & hacks for creating a stylish, practical yet cost effective neutral nursery! As a new or expecting parent, there are so many things you need for bub so by going gender neutral you’re allowing your items to be reusable should you have a different surprise down the track. Also, some baby items are only used for such a short period of time and are in perfect condition even when you don’t need them anymore so I was relieved to be able to reuse so many of the items I had for the twins for Banjo. Using pieces from the wide variety of stores at the Supa Centa Moore Park I was able to pull together a nursery fit for life’s little surprise albeit a little prince or princess!
Tip 1: Colours
Using neutral colours such as greys, whites, natural timbers, woods and rattan for the larger, more expensive furniture pieces, will create a beautifully fresh yet warm space and act as a great base for layering. Adding accessorises with a splash of colour once bub arrives acts as the finishing touch. I was able to source a beautiful cot and draws from Boori which features white and wood colours. A gorgeous natural coloured floor lamp from Lightstyle and a stunning grey toned rug from Coppola Home.
Tip 2: Animals
Animals are always a great neutral theme! Being a mother of 2 girls and a boy myself, I have loved watching my girls’ animal toys and decorative room pieces be passed down and reused for Banjo! There are so many ways you can introduce animals into your nursery. You can purchase or even DIY beautiful animal prints to use as art in bub’s room. Animal soft toys and linen prints are also great for giving your nursery character. I found a gorgeous animal alphabet print from Adairs and also some gorgeous soft toys and books from Baby Bunting.
Tip 3: Fake Plants
A unique way to bring your nursery to life is by adding some plants or greenery. Fake plants bring the outside indoors and better yet don’t need to be watered! As a mum I can keep the kids alive – the plants not so much! I was able to find some lush plants and decorate baskets to sit them in from Freedom Furniture.
Tip 4: Think outside Nursery Furniture
You don’t have to always purchase baby specific furniture. A practical way to get the most out of every piece in the nursery is to have longevity in mind. Instead of a change table, you can simply use a chest of draws and turn it into a change table just by adding a change table mat. I was able to do this with draws from Boori and a change table mat and cover from Baby Bunting. Instead of a nursing chair you can purchase a lovely armchair of your choice and style it with a beautiful cushion. I found a really comfy and affordable armchair and stylish wooden mirror from Oz Design Furniture. Baskets are also a great timeless alternative for storage of things such as nappies, toys & wraps. Once your baby has outgrown the use of nappies and the like, the baskets can easily be reused in any other room of the house. You can find a huge selection of these at Freedom Furniture.
In addition to having a huge variety of stores with everything you need for your home and especially your nursery, Supa Centa Moore Park is such a family friendly place! With easy (and better yet, FREE) parking onsite along with some children’s play equipment and activities that are better than any play centre in the East, I would be lying if I said I haven’t been there multiple times just to entertain the kids and grab a coffee. It’s my go to for my growing family!
So hopefully these little tips and tricks give you a few ideas and inspo with creating your own gender neutral nursery. Grab the family and head to the Supa Centa Moore Park for a great day out with the family!