Boy nursery ideas have come quite a way from the classic blue and pared back color schemes of the past. Sure, finding an interior theme for any child's room can be a challenge but it's actually the perfect opportunity to get creative with color, texture and any items that will naturally spark more interest and curiosity in their surroundings.
Make the most of your babe's space and put your favorite nursery ideas into play. From monochrome designs to starry schemes, there's a world of decor inspiration for your little bud.
Boy nursery ideas that aren't just pastel blue
1. Create a sophisticated scheme with black and white
Looking for a little boy room ideas that not only looks chic, but will stand the test of time as they grow older? Move over colorful spaces - it's all about monochrome.
'The color scheme for this nursery was a simple black and white, but we brought in some gold accents as well to give it some warmth.', says Naomi Coe, author, interior designer and founder of Little Crown Interiors (opens in new tab).
'A simple floor plant made all the difference as well!'
'We designed a custom changing table from a local brand and had them paint the outside frame in black. We also added a custom changing tray.'
'The best part of this design is the subtle black and white wallpaper on the ceiling!'
2. Mix print and paneling with peel-and-stick wallpaper
If you're looking to add a touch of class to your little king's boudoir, a combination of paneling and paper can create a superior scheme.
We love this modern take on a classic by NYC born wallpaper company Chasing Paper (opens in new tab). Vignettes of woodlands with watercolor details achieve a sophisticated look that can be turned into an adult green bedroom idea or simply peeled off.
'Hunter green is a beautiful gender-neutral hue that is a great choice for a little boy's nursery. It feels timeless, and its earthy vibe makes for a soothing space that will help ground your child's adventures!', says Elizabeth Rees, founder.
'We love using this color in wallpaper, but you can use it in accents that you think your little guy would love - whether it's a little stuffed alligator or a push-toy car, too!'
Making use of an awkward alcove, lightweight curtain add an airiness to the room and emphasize the nature-inspired scheme.
3. Use Terrazzo to add a modern touch in a nursery
Terrazzo can add a contemporary touch to your tots nursery design as one expert explains.
'We wanted this nursery design to feel fresh and modern. Since the room was on the smaller side (as most nurseries are), we opted for an acrylic crib.', says Coe.
'This particular crib also has rose gold detailing, which we pulled throughout the room.'
'The terrazzo wallpaper had many hues of blues and greens, so we used those colors throughout the room as well in the decor and artwork.'
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4. Mid-century modern looks
If your baby boy loves under-the-sea creatures, he's going to have a whale of a time in this marine-themed boy nursery design.
Little Whales wallpaper from Pottok (opens in new tab), a mid-century modern chandelier and pops of blue and green combine to create this stylish boy's nursery by Karen B. Wolf Interiors (opens in new tab).
She says: 'Pop your accent color at least three times around the room, but throw in an unexpected color. Have fun and let yourself go.'
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5. Create a maximalist scheme with color and pattern
Celebrate your baby's journey into the world with a colorful combination of color, texture and pattern by creating a maximalist boy nursery design.
Though babies won't see a full spectrum of color until at least five months, by integrating stripes, polka dots and zig-zags into his scheme, you can provide a source of visual stimulus and sensory entertainment.
'The long room was originally bland and boring with no architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, textures and colors.', explains Wolf.
'The more things I showed my clients, the more patterns and colors they liked. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act — how to make all these elements work together.'
Want to emulate the palette that Wolf has put together? Choose shades Blue Spa, Laguna Yellow, Gray Owl from Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab).
6. Invest in a soft rug for lots of play time
Spending most of his formative months crawling, you'll want something cozy on the floor for your little one before they graduate to a proper playroom design idea.
But if carpeting the whole room feels impractical (cue reflux and diaper disasters), introducing a rug can be a revelation. Better still, if you can find one that is machine-washable or easy to wipe down.
Brooklinen's 'Brooklittles' range (opens in new tab) is the perfect collection of essentials including rugs, sheets, swaddles and more.
7. Use a blank white wall to create a canvas for art
If you don't want to spend time mixing paste, or anxious about cutting and lining up wallpaper – why not consider other wall decor ideas? Stencils and stickers are great tools if you're scared of spending too much or if you lack confidence.
'This colorful safari boy’s nursery was designed for a client in Laguna Beach, CA.', explains Coe.
'The home overlooked the ocean and had modern design throughout, so we wanted to keep the nursery clean and sleek! The room had existing patterned curtains that my client wanted to keep, so we worked the color scheme and design to incorporate them.'
'We pulled the color scheme of blues and greens from the curtains, but also wanted the nursery design to feel bright and colorful, so we also brought in some yellows and oranges, and lots of colorful toys. Since the walls are white, all of the colors added vibrancy and contrast.'
'My client was also a big fan of the classic Eames lounger (opens in new tab), so we used that instead of the traditional nursery glider. It’s still very comfortable, and because it’s upholstered in leather, it will last for years!'
8. Opt for a patterned carpet idea to add interest
If you've recently given birth to a little star, you'll want a scheme that shines bright! So how about a star-motif carpet in a boys nursery? Soft, yet durable, this Polyamide flooring design is durable and resilient and can withstand spills and spitting up milk.
Jemma Dayman, Buyer, Carpets and Rugs, at Carpetright (opens in new tab) explains: 'Decorating your nursery can be an exciting yet daunting task. Incorporating a statement carpet helps to instantly transform a space, setting the tone and creating a base for neutral furniture.'
'Consider using the carpet’s pattern as inspiration for the rest of the room and replicate the pattern on the walls or accessorizing with similar textiles and toys to establish a theme.'
9. Create a seaside theme with nautical accessories
Hunting for a beautiful design for your little pirate? As well as wavy wall painting ideas, we love a sailor's nod to stripes, bundles of boats and splashes of sea accessories.
For those with a love of all things nautical, Laura Ashley's (opens in new tab) nursery collection features drifting sailboats for your little explorer in fresh blue and white colorways across bedding, muslins, a sleeping bag, swaddle blanket, and woven stripe eyelet blackout curtains.
Available to in the UK and US via Next (opens in new tab) (with free shipping over $30).
10. Invest in a comfy changing table setup
When nature calls for your little boy - you'll know. So it's important to be prepared with all the furniture and gear that you need ready to grab!
This solid birch Gulliver changing table from IKEA (opens in new tab) has lots of space for everything you need to change baby boy's diaper in comfort.
The raised edges on this particular model help him stay secure and storage areas keep essential items like powder and refuse bags easily in reach. It comes complete with a changing pad that fits the table for safety.
The cloud-shaped LED wall lamps allow him to focus on a soft glow which'll hopefully keep your wriggle monster still while you get to work.
11. Create a fun animal-inspired shelfie idea
From diapers to wet wipes, plush toys and books, you'll want everything at hand height ready to reach for when mister is being particularly grumpy, or needs a change.
Complete with two shelves and dividers, this Panda rattan wall shelf from Beaumonde (opens in new tab) is perfect for your little cubs room.
12. Keep his nursery tidy with a storage box
Let's face the facts. We don't expect babies to have long attention spans, so lots of toys are essential to keep them entertained.
From bunnies and teddies to electronic gizmos and gadgets, toy storage ideas are an absolute essential if you want to keep your boy's nursery tidy.
And don't just buy one type of storage - mix things up with a multitude of baskets, bags, boxes and more.
Keep large ticket items such as cabinets and drawers plain and simple as these can be upcycled once they he hits toddlerhood with a lick of paint or some decorative stickers.
13. Pick a color scheme that's going to grow with them
If the nursery is going to be where your child sleeps and plays well after they are just a baby, you are best choosing a color scheme that's going to suit them as they grow. So to avoid constantly having to repaint the walls, opt for a scheme with staying power. Pick a neutral color palette that will serve as a blank canvas to more decorative accessories and the ever changing preferences of the room's occupant.
A simple palette doesn't mean no color though – we love this blue and grey scheme and the cute wallpaper is sure to last well into childhood too.
14. Use prints and toys to add personality
This boy's bedroom is so fun and creative – it feels like a child lives there, which is so important when designing your nursery. Let your style have some input but remember the room has too be kid-friendly too. Make sure some of their toys are always on show or easily accessible, baskets and shelving are a stylish way to do this, and pick out decor that reflects their personality.
15. DIY a wall mural in a boy's bedroom
A wall mural is perfect for adding some interest to a baby boy's nursery. You can DIY this look so easily too, all you need is some masking tape and some paint. Just create your mountain shapes with masking tape and paint in between the lines – easy peasy and you can go with whatever colors you like.
16. Add coziness with a canopy
Canopies are all over Instagram at the moment, and they are a lovely thing to add to a kid's room. The look great and add some texture and coziness to the room, but they also are good for creating the perfect nap space and even a den as your child gets older.
You could also add a canopy to one of the best nursery chairs, for extra shielding from bright daytime light.
17 . Create a statement with a stylish wallpaper
Okay okay, we know we said keep backdrops simple in a nursery, but if you don't mind redecorating every now and then, then have some fun with funky wallpaper! This nursery is pretty much cooler than all our bedrooms! Love the green color scheme, it's a nice change from the classic boy's nursery colors. If your nursery is on the small side and you are worried that a busy wallpaper will overwhelm the room, just wallpaper the top or bottom portion of your walls to create a chair rail effect.
What is the most popular boys' nursery theme?
'You can go wild with your imagination, nurseries should be fun and inspiring but also calming.' says Steph Briggs, TV celebrity interior designer and co-founder of La Di Da Interiors (opens in new tab).
'Good sleep is key to a happy home with little ones and therefore I usually opt for muted and tonal palette of colors to keep it relaxing and soothing.
'For boys a starry celestial theme works wonderfully and you can add rockets and spacemen for fun. Insects are fabulous and beautifully colorful.'
What is the best color for a baby boy's room?
'When decorating a boy’s nursery, don’t feel limited to only sticking with a traditional pastel blue color palette.', says Ruthie Osswald, senior associate of design and product development, Brooklinen (opens in new tab).
'Try a more gender neutral palette of yellows and oranges and greens. These brighter colors will grow more easily with your child while they transition out of the baby stage into their toddler years.'
Brittney Levine, shopping expert at TJ Maxx (opens in new tab) and Marshalls (opens in new tab) says: 'We’re doing away with the traditional blue hues and welcoming colorful neutrals and subdued tones. Blue-greys, deep mauves, forest greens, and taupe colors are fun palettes that will pair well with any color scheme.'
'When decorating your baby boy’s room, you first want to make sure the room is a place you (and the baby!) enjoy spending time in.
'Don’t be afraid to incorporate color and texture into the room – like a macrame wall décor or wood beaded wall décor.'
'It’s also important to have an affordable, comfortable chair for you to sit in with the baby – like a cozy fuzzy option or a cushioned accent chair.'