Nursery Ideas for Boys
Looking for fresh ideas for your little boy's first room? From color combinations to themes and decorating tips, you'll find everything you need to create a dreamy nursery.
Can't Miss Color Combos
Professional decorators can’t say it enough: great rooms start with a winning color combination and end with careful editing, sticking to only this special duo for maximum effect.
The hottest color combinations for boys’ nurseries right now are: bright yellow plus gray, light green with dark brown, two tones of blue (one light, one dark), and turquoise plus orange.
Birds in Trees
Forget fussy. From partridges to owls, birds in trees are a big trend in nurseries now and it’s all about chunky modern designs.
For maximum impact, paint walls a dark color, then use vinyl wall coverings or stencils to create floor-to-ceiling trees in white. Use one final color for all the birds, with one or two brightly colored exceptions.
A New Take on Nautical: Surfing
Use tiki grass (even a hula skirt would work) to make a canopy over the crib or changing table. Create an accent wall with Hawaiian wallpaper, decals, or a stencil set. Add a decorative mini-surfboard, boogie board, or the real thing as a 3D wall hanging.
And as for colors, you can’t go wrong with navy and orange here.
Stripes in New Shades
One of the freshest color combinations for boys now is gray with bright yellow. Try it: Paint the walls a warm shade of gray. Add one thick stripe of bright yellow, circling the room. Paint a second stripe right on top of it, this time using a softer shade of yellow.
A white crib with yellow bedding perfects the look.
Restraint is key here. Pick one breed or one color combination, and repeat in clever ways such as window treatments, throw blankets, or a dust ruffle for the crib. Try a series of four, six, or even eight framed prints, even those from an old book. A large number will make the room seem polished.
Start with a cowboy hat tucked into a bookshelf. Look for distressed wooden accents and scour eBay for large metal stars, typically used as outdoor décor. Add an oversized rocking horse as the focal point. Consider natural wood, willow, and bark baring wood for the rocking chair or crib and don’t forget the cowhide rug.
Maps and exploration are major right now. Devote one entire wall to a map mural, a vintage classroom pull-down map, or use map-themed wallpaper.
Mark the places where your baby has family, where he’s been in utero, or might travel someday. Repeat color combinations from the map wall in strategic places like the rug and bedding.
For a new take on a steady trend, use the letters of your baby’s name to decorate his walls—but don’t necessarily put them in order.
For example, if his name is Mason, use stencils to paint the letters M-S-O-N-A along an entire wall, in two tones of the same color, with letters overlapping, arranged horizontally and vertically too.
It's a Jungle In Here
Paint a mural with leaves, vines, colorful birds, and, of course, at least one monkey. Vinyl stickers work well too but get a couple of packs; jungles are by nature so more is better in this case.
A giraffe growth chart is a natural fit and a giant stuffed monkey or alligator completes the scene.
Here, white walls are accented with a carefully measured series of sparkly silver polka dots. Choose a gray rug or carpeting with white furniture.
For a perfect pop, search the import stores for an oversized animal (any elephant, rhino, or dog will do). Paint him black and park him by the crib. Part pet, part art piece, and all adorable.
Start with a vintage desk-turned changing table (or fake it by sanding the edges off a new piece). Create a focal point using a dozen mismatching frames of all shapes and sizes, painted in one uniform color. Fill with family photos or even better, inspirational notes from family and friends far and wide. Finish with old toys and vintage books.
Paint the walls light blue and apply stickers or stencils until your tropical fish appear to be swimming in a pack.
Don’t forget seaweed growing up the walls (which looks particularly good as a cluster in the corner) with a few crabs, turtles, seahorses, or other sea life friends. Use coral for bookshelf knickknacks or as bookends.
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