Baby blankets are a practical gift that a lot of people like to give because of their versatility. But if you don’t know the gender of the baby, or the parents don’t like pink and blue color schemes, it can be tricky to decide what gender-neutral color scheme to go with.
The first thing to remember is that there are plenty of gender-neutral baby blanket color schemes to choose from.
The second thing to remember is that you really DON’T have to color-coordinate everything. Just because the parents are going with a woodland forest theme for the baby’s nursery doesn’t mean that you have to get every gift in exactly those colors.
The baby isn’t going to live only in the nursery, and the idea that everything should be neatly coordinated is going to die a quick death when the new parents realize that babies aren’t fashion accessories (one would hope.)
Table of Contents
- The bright palettes.
- The monochromes.
- The green color combinations.
- The beachy color schemes.
- The yellow and grey combinations.
- Choosing shades and tones.
Also, having a good supply of baby blankets is just a good idea, based on needing them to use in a stroller, to throw on the floor so the baby can lie on it, or to keep in the car in case you need one on the go. They don’t all need to be exactly alike!
There are a lot of gender-neutral color schemes to choose from, and after I did a deep dive into looking at some, I found a bunch of common elements that they seem to have.
A lot of the color combinations I found tended to follow the pattern of having one or two bold colors, a neutral, and a contrasting color as the basis for the color scheme.
They also tended to be more on the yellow side, so the pink colors were more of a salmon than a true pink.
And yes, you can put pink and blue in gender-neutral color schemes, the color police aren’t going to come and drag you away. It’s more a matter of the degree and shade of the color than anything else.
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The bright palettes.
Brighter gender-neutral color schemes can include the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, or tropical colors like orange, teal, and green.
This baby quilt was made by Mary of Li’l Fox Designs and is composed of the primary colors of red, blue and yellow.
The primary colors are a staple of gender-neutral color schemes, and you can add some more bright colors in with them if you like, like this one with green added.
If that seems too bright for you, but you still want to do those types of colors, just choose lighter versions of them. This shows the difference between darker and lighter versions of the same primary colors.
This more tropical combination is also good for a gender-neutral color scheme, even though it includes blues. Teal works its way into a lot of these combinations.
Some more of the brighter and bolder color schemes follow:
Another easy gender-neutral color scheme is to take one color and use shades of it to create a monochromatic group.
This is usually a more visually soothing option because it eliminates the pops of color that contrast with each other.
Mary’s quilt looks different when it’s colorized in teal shades! I messed around with the color and came up with these examples of monochromatic versions:
The green color combinations.
The next common thread that I found in gender-neutral color options was a lot of green.
There are some popular baby nursery themes that include green, including woodland animals, like these quilts made by Karen of Tahoe Quilts. I’ve pulled a color scheme out of them to show the combinations.
More green color combinations are shown here:
The darker green combos tend to go along the forest theme. There are also some lighter green and teal ones that can feel beachier, depending on whether they’re paired with an orange color.
The beachy color schemes.
I would call these the beach colors because they’re reminiscent of the ocean, sand, and pale tropical colors.
Some of them also have a citrus element as a contrast, or a darker tone.
I guess you could also refer to some of these as tropical or desert, depending on how much of the sand tones are included.
The yellow and grey combinations.
A classic gender-neutral color combination is yellow and grey.
This combination has a lot in common with the sandy/beachy colors because the yellow can come in a lot of different tones, and the grey can also be more on the teal side.
You can also add tones of green to this color scheme.
When you get into this, you’ll see that there’s a lot of overlap between the categories…
Choosing shades and tones.
Remember that if you like a color scheme but you feel like it’s too dark or bright, you can always choose a lighter version of the color to tone it down.
Choosing colors is fun, and if you want to work with one of the Artisan Shopping Directory members to find a cute baby blanket, just check out the business directory on our home page. Some members do custom work, and others offer ready-to-ship crocheted baby blankets and handmade quilts.
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