5 creative nursery ideas for boys

Get inspired by these nursery ideas for boys – gender-neutral colour schemes, paint ideas, decor tips and more...

creative nursery ideas for boys
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On the hunt for nursery ideas for boys? How lovely a job is decorating a nursery?! Deciding on a color scheme, picking out furniture, putting the cutest books and toys on display – and a nursery is a space where you can really get creative and design the most imaginative room in your home.

We have put together our top five styles for a boy's nursery (although they are all very gender neutral so can obviously be used for girls' rooms too!). So just keep on scrolling for the most adorable spaces to inspire, and check out our nursery room ideas feature for plenty more looks. 

1. Pick a color scheme that's going to grow with them 

Wallpaper in a kid's bedroom

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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 colour 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 colour 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 colour though – we love this blue and grey scheme and the cute wallpaper is sure to last well into childhood too. 

2. Use prints and toys to add personality 

Child's bedroom with monochrome patterned feature wall and fun Scandi-style bed covers and cushions

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

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.

3. DIY a wall mural in a boy's bedroom

Scandi-style child's bedroom with white cot, white walls, brown floorboards and mountain-effect pattern on walls with grey paint

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

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 colours you like. 

4. Add cosiness with a canopy 

Nursery with faux fur accessories by Icon

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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 cosiness to the room, but they also are good for creating the perfect nap space and even a den as your child gets older. 

5. Create a statement with a stylish wallpaper 

First-time buyers Amanda and Jess Cotton added a loft conversion and swapped the kitchen and diner around to maximise the potential of a dilapidated two-bedroom terraced house

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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 colour scheme, it's a nice change from the classic boy's nursery colours. 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.

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.