Modern Boy’s Neutral Nursery Features Sports and a Coral Stripe

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

Interior stylist Tonisha Ramona created this non-gender specific nursery for her client. While they already had one daughter, for their baby boy Aleksandar they didn’t want anything traditionally ‘baby’ or nursery-in-a-box. “I like to talk to the client and incorporate the many elements of his or her personality and lifestyle into the style that I create for them. That’s why I like to call myself an “interior stylist” instead of a designer.”

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

Already the baby’s nursery room, it was previously in the same blue color, but it only had the changing table, crib, and the queen bed which Tonisha removed to begin her design.

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

“I used a coral stripe because we didn’t want to do anything stereotypical and predictable.” The client wanted to keep the blue she had on the wall, but we wanted to create a non-gender specific color palette. When she knew she was going to add another color to the wall, Tonisha knew it had to be a color that would undo the fact that blue is often associated with boys. “Pink is the obvious choice if I were to neutralize blue but that’s too safe so I tried coral and it completely worked. The colors of the room are now baby blue, coral, white, grey and navy.”

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

When you first enter the room, the first thing to catch your attention is the crib which Tonisha affectionately calls the “baby care area”. “It actually makes sense too, because anyone who comes in a nursery should be drawn to where the baby is first before anything else.”

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

The artworks on the walls are fun and really give personality to the room. “The basketball net that I made was an interesting detail. I love how the basketball simply sits on the rim of the net as if it’s just about to go into it! It’s like a contemporary installation sculpture of some sort. It may exude that “lil boy charm”, but still, it’s just an accent. It doesn’t make the room lean toward a specific gender.”

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

Storage was a big part of the design concept for this nursery. Tonisha achieved this by using the walls and going upwards. “I always tell my clients that if they need more space, they don’t necessarily need a bigger room or a bigger house. All they need is a clever design and layout, and if the concept requires it, build up! Many people only think about the floor plan when in the middle of a space dilemma. You would be surprised to see how much room you will have and how much clutter you can put away when you design up.”

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

And baby boy will use this room long after his crawling days are over. The crib can be turned into a bed. So as baby gets a little older, he can still sleep in that crib/bed. “When he gets to be around 5 or 6 years old, they can get rid of the changing table and actually put a twin-size bed horizontally in between the two storage units. Simply layer it with pillows and now you have a daybed set up as a bed for your 5-6-year-old boy. I always strive to create a room that would give my clients a return of their investment in every way.”

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

modern boy nursery features a coral stripe by interior designer

At some point, parents lecture their children on how they don’t have to follow a crowd and how they should “be themselves”. “If you really believe that as a parent, start teaching them that from now on,” advises Tonisha. “Be creative with their room! This is the one room in the house where you should feel the most comfortable with getting funky and unorthodox! Do not select predictable gender-specific color palettes and themes. Use color combinations you may not have ever seen or thought of. Bring furnishings and décor in the space that you find interesting and unique. If you are going to use decals, think of how to use them in a different way. How about putting them on furniture instead of walls? Use a series of jump rope on the wall and attach your baby photos with clothes pins. Now you have a unique photo display of your baby. Try using metal plant hangers above the changing table to create a space where you can put diapers, toys, or stuffed animals. There are a lot of ways to keep your creative juices flowing that would not even cost you a penny. Work with what you have!

Thanks for sharing Aleksandar’s room with us Tonisha!

Crib: Babyletto at $400
Hi-Gloss Storage Cabinet: Ikea at $100
Wardrobe: Ikea at $250
Wardrobe Handles: $10
Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore – Bashful Blue and Coral Gables (stripe)
Aqua Lamp: $40

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  1. mandi says:

    Not at all gender neutral, boy room.

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