Nurturing Neutrals in the Nursery

Choosing neutral shades for your bambino’s nursery has a number of advantages over brighter colours.

Both girl and boy tots will find neutrals soothing, helping them experience the world more calmly. As parents, you’ll appreciate having a happier and nurtured baby, soothed by relaxing hues.

Greys, creams and other neutral colours are considered gender-neutral, making them the perfect way to dress their first bedroom. This makes neutrals ideal if you’re expecting but don’t want to know the gender of your baby yet. Finally, white, neutral and monochrome shades are the three most popular colours for nurseries.

Wondering how to get started? It’s easy to create the perfect gender-neutral nursery with Cuckooland, as the following pieces of nursery furniture, bedding and accessories show.

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1. Pair Neutral Materials and Rounded Shapes

Vox Canne Baby Cot Bed 3 Piece Nursery Set

The furniture that you bring into your new arrival’s nursery can often influence the style and decor. That’s why we’re starting with the stylish contrast of materials and neutral shades seen within the Vox Canne nursery set.

With three retro-inspired pieces – including a practical height-adjustable (oval-shaped) cot that’ll transform into a toddler bed, plus a wardrobe and dresser with roomy soft-close drawers – you’ll also benefit from having a place to store all of their adorable belongings.

Available in four colour combos, we’re loving the neutral cane webbing rattan fronts.

2. Go for Sculptural Scandi Chic

Troll Torsten 2 Piece Cot Bed Nursery Set

There’s nothing scary about this modern two-piece nursery set from Troll.

Instead, your little bundle will feel super relaxed once you place them down on their mattress (sold separately) given the curved corners of their cot. The teak finish and white/grey colourway, distinctive sculptural legs and two-tone design are perfect for girls or boys until their fifth birthday, thanks to the (included) conversion kit.

The matching dresser is equally gender-neutral and can be converted into a changing station in mere seconds, when you add the Torsten Cot Changer (sold separately). Not only will your baby feel calm and nurtured by their surroundings – you can also be reassured by the non-toxic paint and sturdy natural birch spindles and legs.

3. Mixing and Matching Furniture is Child’s Play

Obaby Maya Tall Boy

If you still require a space for your newborn’s many clothes (thank you, grandparents!) this white (part-pine) tall boy unit is perfect for you!

Designed in the UK, this neutral Maya tall boy can perform double duty for stressed-out parents. The five (34-litre capacity) drawers will house your baby’s folded outfits whilst the top becomes a ‘stage’ for family photos, their first teddy bears and much more besides.

Like this piece of gender-neutral furniture but need a cot, wardrobe or toy storage unit too? Check out the rest of the Obaby Maya range in our exciting emporium.

4. Introduce an Ombre Cot

SnuzKot Skandi Ombre Cot Bed

What’s better than having one nurturing neutral shade in your little one’s nursery?

How about this stunning ombre (two-tone) cot bed from Snuz, which will be a delightful gender-neutral addition to any space. This gorgeous cot blends from pure white at the base, to reveal its solid beech wood at the top of the cot’s railings.

We’re confident your baby will love the cool look of this cot and other Snuzknot furniture, including the Snuzkot Toddler Rails and Junior Bed Extension Kit which will support their sleep until they’re 10 years old.

Helping to maintain a soothing environment, you can spend precious hours watching your baby boy or girl asleep in this cot, tested to British Safety standards.

5. ‘Neutral’ Doesn’t Mean Boring!

Bloomingville Bookcase with Animal Drawers

Imagine having a panda, bunny and bear in the nursery … it would be chaos!

Yet, the neutral tones of the unit’s paulownia wood, MDF and plywood continue the soothing theme created by the other pieces of nursery furniture in this guide. This gorgeous bookcase from Bloomingville will add whimsical accents to your bambino’s first bedroom, sure to catch their gaze and inspire wonder.

Offering a mix of open and concealed storage in the three characterful drawers, it’s perfect for displaying their trinkets and storing toys. Not aimed specifically at babies, your boy or girl will continue to love this trio of animals as they grow older.

6. Create a Neutral-toned Nursing Area

Obaby Deluxe Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool

This chic chair and stool set is another neutral ‘star’ of the Obaby collection, creating a dedicated nursing station for you and your babe in arms.

Select the white frame, with either ‘Grey’ or ‘Sand’ upholstery, to add practical seating for mum and baby within your bambino’s nursery. The backrest reclines to six different points by lifting the armrests, whilst its smooth gliding motion will keep your baby calm.

Place everything you need close by in the handy storage compartments on either side and use the gliding lock when you need to get up gently. Just don’t forget to put your feet up on the accompanying stool (you’ve earnt it!).

P.S. This nursing set coordinates like a dream with the Obaby Stamford range.

7. Choose a Neutral Snuzpouch

SnuzPouch Sleeping Bag 2.5 Tog in Cloud Nine

Choose this 2.5 tog Snuzpouch, available here in an adorable grey Cloud Nine design, and you’ll not only have a stylish baby but a happier one.

They’ll feel ‘as snug as a bug’ due to the exceedingly soft OEKO-TEX 100 certified cotton material. Even better, the Snuzpouch can be machine washed at 40 degrees before being dried in the tumble dryer, ready for the next night’s sleep.

Featuring a clever Nappy Change zip for easier changes, 100% cotton lining, underarm poppers for the correct sizing and double shoulder poppers for a secure fit, simply check the size details before ordering either the 0-6 months or 6-18 months option.

8. Dress Their Cot with Luxuriously Soft Bamboo Sheets

Panda London Bamboo Set of 2 Fitted Cot Bed Sheets

Help the youngest member of your family have the best night’s sleep (fingers crossed) with these super soft, hypoallergenic and climate control bamboo sheets. They’re available in boy-friendly and girl-friendly ‘Quiet Grey’ or ‘Pure White’ so are bound to coordinate with the cots shown above.

Brought to you in a fitted design, this two-pack of luxury 320 thread count sheets has been manufactured from 100% rayon. Made from organic bamboo, they feel amazing, have antibacterial properties, wick away moisture and are highly breathable. Wash them at 30 degrees and it’s only understandable that you’ll want more Panda London Bamboo Bedding & Bed Linen for your own bed.

These Gorgeous ‘Finds’ will Create the Perfect Gender-neutral Nursery

All eight of the products highlighted here are available in at least one neutral colourway, meaning your new arrival can enjoy a calming environment whether they’re a girl or boy. Learn more about these beautiful products by calling +44 (0) 1305 231231, or send us an email. As always, we’re delighted to help advise you.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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