Sweden has been ranked #1 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index – as the most gender-equal country in the world. So this post should come as no surprise :p Although we’ve dropped to #4 in the latest reports, this is overall a country of high gender awareness and committment to women’s rights. I have no kids yet, but I am one of those who believe I will, try.. even as a parent, to continue to resist gender-stereotyping. As for decor, I wouldn’t want to deprive my son the joy of serving the daily fantasy coffee from a pink plastic oven in a pretty flowery room or my daughter from playing with cool cars in a blue room. The room decor should preferably be gender-neutral, so that all and any interests can be included- may it be a fascination for cute princesses (pink, pink, pink!). That enables the little resident to have his or her voice heard as well. Playful might be my keyword.
For alternatives to a strict girlie or boyie choice of interior the Scandinavian style in itself offers an excellent foundation. Many Swedish kids live like this, in colourful rooms with a white base. Often you can not determine whether it is a girl or boy living there. Needless to say, I like that!