Decorating a nursery for boy and girl twins requires a bit more creativity than usual to ensure you end up with a functional and beautiful space. Let’s focus on the functional stuff first.
Multi-gender or not, each child needs a crib. There are many options so you should be able to find a style that fits your budget. You will only need one changing table, but you will find it invaluable to have two adult seating options in the event of concurrent late night feedings. Gliders can be large so try to find ones that are on the smaller side. And, don’t forget a diaper genie and laundry bag.
Organization is also important as it can get chaotic as you scurry about to calm two highly vocal little ones. Separate items in closets well using storage bins and drawer organizers to keep things tidy. This closet for twins (published by Better Homes & Gardens) designed for the Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House by Anne Pamfilis is a perfect example. Note the use of shelves to create more usable storage space.
Now, on to the fun part – decorating a beautiful baby room for your twins.
With regard to décor, there are many ways to be creative. You can keep it gender neutral for your boy and a girl like Jane Lockhart did decorating a boy and girl twin nursery for HGTV. Using soft yellow and green and a navy blue for pop, she created a beautifully modern twins room. We love the yellow painted ceiling and the neutral colored cribs and hard wood floor which add warmth. And, personalizing the window valences with stencils is a nice touch.
Speaking of personalization, you can use one primary decorating color and then use a different color as a differentiating accent for each child. Well coordinated with the closet, designer Anne Pamfilis designed these twins’ nursery in yellow and then used blue and pink accents to personalize the area for each baby. This way, she was able to give each child a look and feel of his and her own, yet maintain cohesiveness in the design of the room.
Another décor idea for multi-gender twins’ rooms is to use patterns to add visual differentiation. Try polka dots for your baby girl and stripes for your baby boy in coordinating gender neutral colors like green and yellow. Circles and squares would work equally well. Another easy solve is to find cute bedding in different colors, but that use same pattern like this pink/chocolate brown and blue/chocolate brown baby bedding set by Trend Lab.
Let us know if you have other creative decorating ideas for multi-gender twins’ rooms. We’d love to hear your comments!