How to Choose Colors for a Unisex Nursery

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Deciding not to find out the sex of your baby beforehand makes things a bit trickier when you're preparing for baby. The nursery decorations, for example, need to work for either a boy or a girl, so deciding on a color scheme is critical. Choosing colors for a unisex room is all about your personal style, so follow these steps to find the perfect shade for your little surprise.

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    Stick with traditional. Yellow and green are the universal unisex baby colors, so if you want to make decorating the nursery simple, pick colors from these two palettes. Both would work well for a girl or a boy, and could be accented later with a little blue or pink.

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    Try out a neutral color palette. Another option is to paint the walls a beige or tan, and then pick a theme that fits with that scheme. A jungle theme, Winnie the Pooh or even Noah's ark would all work well against a beige backdrop.

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    Go bright. Babies don't really care much about their surroundings the first few months, and most new parents don't use the nursery for much more than clothing storage anyway, so consider designing the room with a toddler in mind. Bright primary colors of blue, red and yellow would make an excellent unisex color scheme.

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    Mix in a little chocolate. A surprising yet popular color scheme is turquoise and chocolate. While turquoise is often considered a masculine color, when paired with chocolate it could easily work for a girl as well.

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