21 Creative Baby Boy Nursery Ideas, from Design Pros and Parents
Designing a nursery to welcome your little boy is a delightful experience, but it can be intimidating to figure out where to start. So, your Cubby editors called on some of our favorite design pros (who also happen to be parents) and asked them to share their favorite boy nursery designs. With a range of styles, colors, and themes, these rooms offer inspiration for your own nursery. But the most important thing, according to these designers, is to create a room that feels at home in your house! Yes, it’s a room for your baby, but it’s also a part of your grown-up home (and you will be surprised how quickly your own child will grow).
In this list you’ll also find real-life nurseries from Cubby and Apartment Therapy house tours. Yes, there are some baby boy blue rooms, but why stop there? From playful neutrals to street-art style, you’ll find plenty of other stylish baby boy nursery ideas to get your ideas flowing!
21 Creative Boy Nursery Ideas
Street Art Style
Bold and graphic is how Hilary Matt describes another baby boy’s nursery she designed (hello, graffiti wallpaper!). Located in a Tribeca high-rise, Matt drew inspiration from the city itself. “We kept the palette minimal and let the books and toys bring in the pops of color,” says Matt.
This room ended up belonging to a baby boy, but when Mia Jung, director of interiors at Kligerman Architecture & Design, was designing it, her mom-to-be client didn’t want to find out the sex of the baby. “I thought this soft blue could be a nice background for other accent colors,” Jung says. The wallpaper resembling children’s drawing is LES BIDULES from Pierre Frey.
In a room for twin babies with twin dormer windows, Curated Nest Interiors, a design firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, used pattern and color to strategic effect. The gray wall paint reduces the jogs in the architecture, while the buffalo check print on one wall becomes a focal point. Vibrant green and mustard accents, plus a swing(!) bring a playful spirit to the otherwise neutral space.
When Taylor Whaley, the principal of Lark & Grace Interiors in Houston, was hired by a friend to design a room for twin boys, Whaley says, “We wanted to design a space that reflected the traditional style of their home.” The starting point was a wallpaper by Lee Jofa, which Whaley accented with bright blue drapery panels. Toy airplane prints by Leslee Mitchell hang above each crib.
For one New York City family, interior designer Hilary Matt says she “bridged the gap” between designing for the child but also catering to the homeowners’ adult tastes. “The wallpaper isn’t too stereotypically childish and keeps the room feeling sophisticated,” Matt adds.
The wallpaper from Sandberg steals the show in this boy’s room by Hattie Sparks Interiors. Sparks wanted to create a sophisticated space, so she avoided traditional nursery items in favor of pieces that would grow with the child, like the vintage dresser and side table from Chairish. The curtains are made from Rebecca Atwood fabric and the light fixture is from Serena & Lily.
When Brooklyn-based interior designer Sarah Rinehart Fleischer was tasked with turning her client’s guest room into a nursery, she managed to make the small room serve both purposes with a daybed on one wall and a crib opposite. The bed has a storage drawer to maximize space.
Pops of Color
Just because Sarah Rinehart Fleischer’s clients were renting, that didn’t mean the nursery had to be colorless. “Rather than paint or wallpaper, we focused on adding color in areas that could eventually move with them, like the artwork, the daybed, and dresser,” says Fleischer. The dresser is by Studio Ziggy, which Fleischer says she likes to use in nurseries for its low-VOC finish.
Mad for Plaid
When designer and YouTuber Sharrah Stevens welcomed a second baby boy into her family, she pulled out all the wall decor tricks for his nursery: paint, beadboard, and wallpaper. Stevens matched the paint to the darkest square in Chasing Paper’s Big Gingham wallpaper, opting for Benjamin Moore’s “A License to Dream” at 75-percent opacity.
When Ashley Macuga of Collected Interiors in San Carlos, California, found out she was pregnant with her fourth, her house was already “full to the brim,” so she transformed a closet into a nursery for her son Beaux. With its bold wallpaper and painted ceiling, Macuga describes the decor “as fierce as the little soul that made his way into our lives.”
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For her son’s nursery, Maine-based designer Samantha Pappas included a mix of modern furnishings and vintage and heirloom accents. Pappas says, “My favorite details of the space include the subtle pops of color that greet you with emerald trim and an antique rug positioned under the crib.”
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Calm Like the Forest
Wanting to create a calm spot in the midst of the city, Shelby Vanhoy from Pretty in the Pines drew inspiration for her son’s nursery from nature. Vanhoy painted the ceiling and trim in Farrow & Ball’s “Green Smoke” and covered the walls in Emrik wallpaper in Misty Blue from Sandberg. Vanhoy also created calm by providing ample storage in the form of an IKEA Pax Wardrobe System, which she dressed up with decorative molding and paint.
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Climbing the Walls
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Black & White, Done Right
These Brooklyn parents warmed up a black and white baby boy’s room with a wood IKEA crib, natural-fiber stools, and a sheepskin throw. Minimalist decals on the wall and gray accents give the room further depth without overwhelming the small space.
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Is it a surprise that the nursery belonging to children’s book author Oliver Jeffers is extra cozy and filled with books? Narrow ledges display current favorite books in one corner, while a two-tier shelf holds the rest of their son’s collection.
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Bridgette Haulenbeek anchored her son Franklin’s room with a colorful IKEA kids’ rug. “The bigger the rug the better,” she says in this Apartment Therapy house tour. When decorating a nursery, she says this: “Pull color from art. Art, throws, and pillows are great ways to bring in pops of color. Buy what you love.”
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