This week we’re talking about gender neutral nursery colors! Take a look below as our designer, Katy Mimari, discusses where gender neutral colors have been and where she sees them going. Plus get some great ideas for your own gender neutral nursery!

Neutral nursery design has come a long way from yellow and white, what are your favorite gender neutral nursery colors?

Gone are the days of giraffes and dancing bears (thank goodness), I absolutely love that nursery design has gone outside the gender box, and we are seeing more and more colors emerge as a gender neutral palette. Navy is no longer just for boys, as we’ve seen the pink and navy and coral and navy combinations grow in popularity this year. And the pastel shade of mint and aqua, that would have before been considered feminine is the perfect color to work with feminine or masculine esthetic. 

popular gender neutral nursery colors

What do you think of the all white nursery design trend?

I have to admit, i love the clean and modern feel of an all white nursery, but enjoy it while it lasts because as soon as the toy buckets, clothes, and stuffed animals cover the floor the all white is quickly a multi-color mess of reality! Honestly, I do love the simplicity of the all white. And it works as a great starting point to add more pink or blue after the baby is born! I would definitely recommend planning the all white nursery with a visual of what and where you’d add color once the gender is revealed.

All White Gender Neutral Nursery Colors


What is your favorite color combination for a neutral nursery?

My current favorite is mint with just about any color, but keeping with gender neutral nursery colors, I guess the mint and gray combination (like in our Mint and Gray Arrow Baby Bedding) is top on my list. I love how the mint and gray combo can easily accompany a third color like navy or coral once the baby is born. 

We just introduced our Jamie’s Black and White Geo Aztec Crib Bedding which has a bold print design that is extremely gender neutral. Add a mint crib sheet and it’s a modern version of a mint neutral crib set.

Black, White & Mint Neutral Baby Bedding

Do you think all colors can be used in a gender neutral nursery?

Actually yes! I’ve seen so many nursery designs lately that really aren’t just about one color – they use a variety of colors, from primaries, to pastels, which all seamlessly come together in a perfectly whimsical and modern design. Let’s be real, most things “baby” will not match the color theme of your room, so by letting go of those color boundaries at the beginning, it opens the door to a creative and colorful space that works for boys or girls!

colorful gender neutral nursery with black walls

via Apartment Therapy

Are yellow and gray still big as gender neutral nursery colors?

Absolutely! Our yellow and gray baby bedding has been going strong for years! It’s the perfect modern twist on the classic yellow and white. One of my favorite yellow and gray crib sets we have is the brand new Grahams Tribal Crib Bedding – i’m obsessed with the tribal theme, and the print design is almost drool worthy!

Graham's Tribal Yellow & Gray Gender Neutral Baby Bedding



Two classic baby girl colors are pink and purple. Some people heavily lean towards one color or the other while some love them both. Let’s find out what our designer, Katy Mimari, has to say about these two girly nursery colors! You might even get some great pink and purple nursery ideas along the way.

Where do you stand? Pink or Purple? Or both?

Well first of all there are a million shades of pink and purple, and each and every one of them has a special place in my heart! Lilac currently is a front runner in the purple shades, and paired with gold it’s just stunning. (More on that below.) But the blush shade of pink, like in our most recent blush and gold nursery is the sweetest shade of pink I’ve seen in a while. And I try not to play favorites, but let’s be real, BLUSH, you are my favorite.

Pink Nursery Ideas

You just recently photographed one of our amazing employee’s nurseries who went with a very elegant pink design. Why do you think pink is such a crazy popular color for baby girls?

Pink has always been a top pick in baby girl nursery design, but gone are the days of Pepto Bismal shaded walls. I love how Harlow’s nursery combines several shades of pink, with the lightest being the base wall colors and the accents (like the curtains, bedding, and accessories) pop darker shades with different textures. But still, there’s no question that pink still rules in baby girl nursery design. 

blush pink & gold nursery

Pink seems like such a versatile color, where is your favorite place in the nursery to incorporate it?

It’s pretty easy to over-do pink, so I like to use it in the decor pieces or textiles. Our most basic rule for any single shade in the nursery is if the walls are all pink, then the bedding and decor should contrast against it. And vice-versa! If you pick pink baby bedding, then make sure you are using a contrast color for the walls – because there IS such a thing as too much pink!

Some of our most popular crib bedding sets are pink, such as Blake’s Vintage Pink Linen & Lace Collection, Pink & Gray Sweet Lace Damask Crib Bedding Collection, & our Pink & Gold Dot Ruffle Baby Bedding Collection. What is your current favorite pink crib bedding for a nursery?

I’m completely obsessed with our new collection of watercolor flower bedding, specifically Harlows Watercolor Rose Crib Set. I love the whimsical pastel rose pattern in big scale, and the combination of pinks varies from bright fuchsia to pastel pink.

Harlow's Watercolor Rose Pink Crib Bedding Collection


Purple Nursery Ideas

Purple is classically called the color of royalty, do you think purple is the more elegant of the two colors?

Purple does have a sophisticated hue about it – from lavender and lilac, to deep burgundy… it does not disappoint in nursery design. I love how the purple accents pop from the all white color scheme in this nursery -it’s the perfect example of how different shades can work perfectly together in design.

 Light & Airy Purple Baby Girl's Nurseryvia Honey & Fitz

I love how this purple nursery feels so fresh and clean but still incorporates a good amount of purple which can sometimes feel overwhelming as a color. What advice do you have for incorporating bold colors like purple in the nursery?

When you are using bold pops of color, the safest bet is to incorporate them in accents or decor pieces like a rug, pillow, or curtains. Of course, a dark contrasted accent wall can be gorgeous with lighter furniture in front of it – so never be afraid of color! Worst case scenario, you re-paint. Nothing is permanent, and the most amazing nursery designs come from the unexpected.

I could easily see our Purple Petunia baby bedding collection working in a space as pictured above and our ever popular Purple Paige baby bedding collection working in a bolder nursery. If you were decorating a nursery right now which purple crib bedding would you choose?

I would use our Penelope Purple Floral Crib Bedding – I’m obsessed with anything floral, and I love the combination of the different shades of purple against the white. It’s bold, clean, and would be so gorgeous against a purple wall with white accents throughout the room.

purple floral crib bedding for a girl


Pink & Purple Nursery Ideas

Fun Pink and Purple Nursery Ideasvia Project Nursery

Here is a great example of a nursery that went with both pink and purple and it turned out playful, fun and adorable! The colors were much lighter for the purple and bolder for the pinks and corals. Do you think it helps to have different variations of the colors when pairing any two colors?

Yes, it goes back to my rule of keeping the walls a different shade than the decor. You never want it to be too matchy-matchy. I’m pretty sure most would agree that the most fabulous and original part of this nursery is the curtain panels behind that gorgeous white and gold dresser. The colors in the floral curtains pull together all the different colors featured in the nursery and give it a whimsical feel in contrast to the solid walls.

One of my favorite pink and purple crib collections is our Harper’s Garden pink and purple crib bedding. I can see it easily fitting into a pink and purple nursery. Would you lean more towards pink or purple in the room with that bedding?

I would use a combination of both! I love the light lilac piping on the bumpers, and ruffles on the crib rails, and would probably use that in some combination with mint or aqua to contrast the subtle shade. But, there’s plenty of pink in the print design, crib sheet, and ruffle skirt that it would be gorgeous to incorporate light pink curtain panels and maybe a sweet pink rug. The options are endless!

Harper's Garden Pink & Purple Crib Bedding for a Girl's Nursery

So there you have it! What is your take on the pink or purple nursery debate? Let us know in the comments below!



Here at Caden Lane our favorite part of pregnancy is, of course, decorating the nursery. And what is the main feature of the nursery? The CRIB! So today we are talking about crib style and how to make it the focal point of the nursery and your inspiration for the entire room.  You can take your crib style in many different directions, from minimalistic to over-the-top, but today we’re going to look at three popular trends and how you can get the look too!

First up is the eclectic boho crib style. This eclectic style is a beautiful mish-mash of trends including tribal elements, florals, and metallics. You don’t have to go bright with this trend, but we think it’s so fun and definitely fits the bill for a focal point!

eclectic boho crib style

Ecelctic Boho Crib Style Baby Bedding Picks

As with all crib styles, you’ll want to take into account the style of your actual crib, the piece of furniture that helps create the overall look and feel. A modern crib with clean lines and minimal decorative accents would work perfectly with this trendy bohemian crib style. Think mid-century modern, like Land of Nod’s Carousel Crib.

Some of our favorite baby bedding sets that match the style perfectly are our Tinsley’s Pink Boho Floral Crib Bedding, Olivia’s Bright Boho Floral Crib Bedding, and our Teagan’s Teal Boho Floral Crib Bedding. Pair any one of these with decorative accents such as a dream catcher, macramé wall hanging, and a metallic foil art print and you’ve got the makings of a fun eclectic boho nursery.

Next up is the classically sweet floral crib style. This girly and feminine crib look will make sure you’re baby girl has class. Pinks, purples and even blues create a gorgeous color pallet for this type of design and help create an overall girly feel.

Sweet Floral Crib Style

Sweet Floral Crib Style Baby Bedding Picks

I love the affordable Jenny Lind crib for this crib style, but an iron crib could be as equally gorgeous. There’s just something about the romantic and simple lines of these types of cribs that alludes to a girly and frilly crib style that fits perfectly in with a sweet floral trend.

And the bedding! Oh my goodness. There is an abundance of sweet floral designs to browse through over in our Floral Crib Bedding section, but these three stood out as my (current) favorites. Harper’s Garden Collection is such a sweet take on the classic girly pink and purple combination, it makes me swoon! I love the watercolor florals and how versatile it can be. Take it more purple or more pink and either way you’ve got a gorgeous sweet floral crib style. Then there’s Felicity’s Floral Collection with its gorgeously vintage design. Pinks and cream with just a touch of dusty blue make this a unique crib set with a look that’s sure to never go out of style. Add on the gorgeous decorative crib bows and you’ve taken the sweet floral crib style over the top! And finally, Emma’s Blue & Gold Floral Collection takes a girly floral approach that’s not too pink, but just as sweet as can be. This is the perfect crib set that is still sweet without being too frilly. Plus, you’ve gotta love those metallic gold accents!

Lastly, is the resilient funky tribal crib style. This style has been brewing for the last couple of years and is still going strong. Anything southwestern, tribal or Aztec is the perfect accessory for this style, including lots of geometric patterns, arrows, teepees, and succulents or cacti.  Choose the colors you like and it’s the perfect crib style for girl or boy!

Funky Tribal Crib Style

Funky Tribal Crib Style Nursery Bedding Picks

A modern crib, like Babyletto’s Gelato Crib, would perfectly fit the bill for a funky tribal crib style. The thin and sleek spindles lend themselves to a trendy tribal vibe when paired with some fun and funky Aztec inspired crib bedding.

My top picks from our Arrow & Tribal Bedding Collections are our popular Mint & Gold Aztec Collection, Black & Gold Aztec Collection, and Tribal Girl in Pink & Aqua Collection. Each of these is a perfect backdrop to a funky tribal crib style. I love that it’s such a versatile style that almost any colors you choose will work, and if you can’t decide just let the bedding you like most determine the color direction for you!

Want more? Take a look at all of our crib bedding collections here!