Published on January 25, 2019

Nothing is more exciting than the arrival of a baby, especially when said little one is seventh in line to the British throne. Just one week ago, Meghan Markle hinted that she and Prince Harry are expecting to welcome their first child in late April. Unsurprisingly, the royal duo is already in full nesting mode.

In a recent interview with ET, royal expert Katie Nicholl dished that the former Suits star and her husband aren’t just working on plans to finish the renovations at their new Windsor countryside home, Frogmore Cottage, but they are also drawing up design plans for the nursery. And, TBH, baby Sussex’s bedroom is going to be more zen than we expected.

“According to sources who are helping with renovations, the nursery itself is going to be very modern. Don’t expect to see any baby pink or baby blue. Apparently, it’s going to be a monochrome palette—whites and grays, I’m told, will be the color theme for baby Sussex’s nursery,” says Nicholl.

But wait, that’s not all. Aside from sticking to a pared-back color scheme, the duke and duchess also have plans to make an eco-friendly statement by using vegan paint for the walls. According to Vogue, the pair is expected to go with The Organic & Natural Paint Co., a sustainable and environmentally conscious brand based in the UK that offers over 80 hues to pick from.

The fact that the duke and duchess are leaving their baby’s sex a surprise might explain their decision to go with a gender-neutral palette. Although, Markle’s own sophisticated sense of style and penchant for pared-back hues might have something to do with it. No matter the reason, we expect her nursery will encourage total zen for mom and (hopefully) a restful night’s sleep for baby.

For royal newborns and beyond, here are three of our favorite ways to dress up a neutral nursery.  

Cuddly textures

Fluffy textiles and chunky knits help soften up an otherwise austere place. We love to see a fringe throw blanket draped over a cushy velvet rocker, for instance.

Age-neutral decor

No, we’re not against toys and colorful books. That said, it’s definitely worth investing in larger pieces that can grow and evolve with a newborn—like a natural wood crib that can convert into a daybed.

Wood tones

When you don’t want to embrace the rainbow, a rich mix of wood tones can introduce a similar sense of depth and intrigue. A hand-carved mobile and a rustic storage ladder are two great places to start.

See more Meghan Markle news:

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