When a baby is on the way (and better yet, arrives!), you’ve got enough to worry about. Creating a sweet space of calm with a nursery or playroom is a worthwhile project — and we’re here to help make it an easy one too. Here are a few of our favorite neutral nursery themes to get you and your little one dreaming.


Who can resist the timeless storybook spirit of a Winnie the Pooh nursery theme? The beloved characters, their peaceful forest-tucked home — it’s enough feel-good to go around. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even frame or decal one of his darling quotes on the wall.


Even for adults, the sky and all that lies beyond it remains mesmerizing. Make a space that instills a sense of wonder with your little one, every time they look up.


Most kiddos naturally develop an interest in animals. Bring the zoo to you with a theme toddlers can grow into! As they pick a favorite animal every week (or every day), you can use all that’s around them to learn names, make sounds, and tell imaginative stories.


We call this one play, but make it pretty. It’s crucial to give kids a place to stretch and gain autonomy — both physically and mentally. But that doesn’t mean it has to look mismatched and messy! Try carving out specific areas for independent play or reading together. And even if these aesthetically pleasing toys are left out, you won’t mind quite as much.


One way to ensure the decor in the nursery outlasts your little one’s interests (and yours) is to try a more neutral palette. Stick to the basics with modern design and functional pieces to give the space enduring appeal.



There are so many nursery and playroom themes out there to choose from and make your own. We designed Gathre goods for beauty and functionality, constantly taking inspiration from our own experiences of parenthood.

So whichever look you love for your little one’s space, we hope to be a part of it in some small way. Share how your family does it with @gathre on Instagram — we’re just as inspired by you, too!