Baby boy nursery ideas – 10 tips for creating a soothing sleep space

For baby boy nursery ideas that range from calming color schemes to comfortable seats for mom and dad, here's how to ensure the nursery is the oasis you need

A composite of baby boy nursery ideas, featuring blue patterned wallpaper, a teepee and a mural.
(Image credit: Mark Bolton/Matthew Williams/Ventura)

Pondering over baby boy nursery ideas is a joy – but with a new family member on the way, a little helping hand never hurt. 

That’s why we’ve done the thinking for you, and come up with some beautiful bedroom ideas for the new arrival. 

Creating a soothing space is key to help baby sleep, but you’ll also want your nursery ideas for baby boys to be equipped for play, and to last until they’re a little older. And remember, you’re not just designing for a baby, you’re designing for a busy mom and dad who need practical solutions in a busy stage of life. 

Baby boy nursery ideas

From traditional blue schemes with contemporary touches, to sensory tents and dazzling murals, we’ve asked the experts for their favorite nursery ideas for baby boys, and found some beautiful examples that will inspire all new parents. 

1. Get creative with wall paint

A baby boy nursery idea with black crib and gray wall with white painted polka dots.

(Image credit: Rachael Smith)

When picking your paint, think about how you can turn a plain wall into a playful feature. ‘Personalized designs are great when it comes to nursery ideas,’ says Judy Smith, color consultant at Crown. ‘Work out a design on paper then scale up for the walls.’

Creating your own simple mural – like the polka dot design in this room – is an easy way to add interest, and it works just as well with baby girl nursery ideas too. 

‘To add some fun, use masking tape to create simple stripes or checks, or for a more complicated pattern go for a stencil. The beauty of paint is that the scheme can be easily and inexpensively updated as the child grows.’ 

2. Don’t be afraid of florals 

A baby boy nursery idea with blue floral wallpaper, white crib and yellow shelf.

(Image credit: Paul Raeside)

You may be conscious that you’re designing for a boy, but it’s important not to give in to outdated gender stereotypes. 

Flowers can absolutely have a place in a boy’s nursery – as can pink, princesses, butterflies and more. This is demonstrated in this stylish nursery, where a floral pattern featuring perched songbirds softens the wallpaper’s bright blue hue. 

Picking nature-inspired wallpapers is a great choice for gender neutral nursery ideas too. Choose palms for an escapist, tropical feel, or fill the walls with trees or foliage to channel an enchanted forest. 

3. Go bold with an artistic mural 

Baby boy nursery ideas with safari-inspired wall mural, wooden crib and taupe sofa.

(Image credit: Ventura Designs )

When considering children’s bedroom wallpaper ideas, repeated patterns are one way to go – alternatively, choose a wallpaper that doubles as an atmospheric mural. As demonstrated in this nursery by Ventura Designs, incorporating a large scale artwork or mural can be transportive and really fire up a child’s imagination. 

‘For adding long-lasting personality to the nursery, I like the idea of incorporating a big, bold piece of art that can continue to be utilized throughout all stages of childhood,’ says Justin Segal, director of product and brand management at Storkcraft

‘An eye-catching piece of art that adds a splash of personality to the nursery – yet will look just as good in a ‘big kid’ room when it’s time to transition out of the nursery – is a nice, personal design touch.’

4. Opt for a design that will grow with them 

A baby boy nursery idea with green and white palm tree wallpaper, green armchairs and white crib.

(Image credit: Davide Lovatti)

With all kids’ room ideas, it’s really important to consider how the design will grow with them. This goes for both the style, and the practicality of your furniture pieces. 

In this nursery, a crib with removable sides has been chosen, which will last a child from newborn to toddler years and beyond. The design of the room uses a neutral and adaptable white at its base, with a rainforest wallpaper that works just as well even for an adult as it does a baby. 

5. Mix blue and gray for a versatile scheme 

A baby boy nursery idea with gray tartan wallpaper and blue crib.

(Image credit: Alex Sarginson)

Blue is a classic among bedroom ideas for boys – but more importantly, its soothing qualities make it an excellent choice in nurseries for all genders. To make it feel contemporary and extra calming, keep it pale and pair it with gray. 

‘Blue and gray is a very versatile scheme for a nursery that will grow with them into their older years,’ says Charlotte Cosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball

In this room, a duck egg blue crib sits with a backdrop of textured, gray checkered wallpaper in soft tonalities – a wall design that will last as your child grows and even works in bedroom ideas for teenagers

6. Use a tent as a sensory space

A baby boy nursery idea with metallic spray painted walls, teepee and blue armchair.

(Image credit: Matthew Williams)

Amid the crib, changing table, feeding chairs and more, it’s important to make space for play in a nursery. While you’ll want the room to feel calming to help induce a good night’s sleep, young children also learn from sensory stimulation. 

A tent filled with fabrics they can feel, mobiles they can watch and sounds that echo will intrigue a baby, and it becomes a great place for more sophisticated play as they get older. 

The teepee-style tent in this stylish nursery is sure to be loved for years to come, and will be just as at home as part of future playroom ideas.

7. Paint a captivating design on the ceiling

A pale blue, two-tone painted nursery with a red and white, big top-style, painted ceiling design and teepee.

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

When thinking about kids’ room paint ideas, don’t forget to look up, especially in a nursery. As a baby is laid down in its crib, it will inevitably spend a lot of time looking at the ceiling – so make it interesting for them. 

‘To add an injection of color, try painting a mural on the ceiling, such as a space scene or circus tent,’ says Cosby. ‘Using the ceiling as a fifth wall creates a canvas for their little imaginations as they drift off to sleep.’ 

8. Lower light levels with a canopy

A baby boy nursery idea with cacti wallpaper on the ceiling and a mustard yellow canopy adorned with string lights.

(Image credit: David Giles)

Inducing sleep is the most important function of a nursery, as many a tired parent will tell you. Soft, ambient bedroom lighting ideas and a feeling of coziness are essential to hurrying along the process, so give yourself a helping hand with a crib canopy. 

Doubling up as something for a baby to ponder while it falls asleep, a canopy can also help shield light from around the child’s head – especially if chosen in a darker color, like the yellow ochre canopy in this playful nursery. 

9. Build bold colors onto a white base

A baby boy nursery idea with dark blue and white geometric wallpaper design, with white crib.

(Image credit: Mark Bolton)

While pale shades are often considered the best bedroom colors for a nursery because of their calming characteristics, they aren’t the only option. 

If you’re keen to incorporate bolder, brighter colors into the room, build them onto a base of crisp white to keep them soft and relaxing. In this room, a geometric pattern in the form of delicate dark blue lines on top of white, with a matching white crib makes for a modern combination. 

‘Nurseries have a license to be fun,’ says Smith. ‘Therefore, why not add a bit of playfulness by painting furniture to match or contrast with the bedroom wall decor.’

10. Ensure mom and dad have a comfy seat

A white nursery corner with gray upholstered armchair and woven foot rest.

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

The nursery is for the baby, yes, but mom and dad deserve quite a bit of TLC too. For round-the-clock feeds, a comfortable place to sit is essential for a weary parent. 

In this room, a cozy, upholstered armchair complete with a cushion, throw and footstool is tucked into the corner – the perfect spot for a repose in a doubtlessly busy day. 

What is the best color for a baby boy’s room?

When thinking about nurseries for baby boys, bedroom color ideas really should be as soothing as possible – both for baby and his parents. 

Pale pastel colors work really well – blue is a traditional choice for a boy, but its calming qualities mean it works very well for all genders. For a contemporary scheme, try shades of gray accented with white, and even details in black for a little edge. 

If you’re looking to incorporate bolder colors, try building them over a base of crisp white, using them as accents – this will mean that the overall scheme can still have a calming effect. 

How can I decorate my baby boy’s room?

When it comes to decorating a baby’s room, practicality has to come first. Ensure you have everything you really need in the room, then decorate around those pieces – namely a crib, changing table, feeding seat and lots of storage solutions. 

If you’re painting the room, think about the type of paint, as well as the color, advises Smith. ‘A lot of the Crown matt or silk emulsion is ideal in a nursery because it has a Breatheasy formula that means it is 99% solvent free,’ she says. 

‘Easyclean in particular is perfect because it is scrubbable and can be used on walls and ceilings, as well as wood and metalwork, so you can blend in windows, skirtings and radiators.’ 

Ailis Brennan

I started out at British GQ, where a month of work experience turned into 18 months of working on all sorts of projects, writing about everything from motorsport to interiors, and helping to put together the GQ Food & Drink Awards. I then spent three years at the Evening Standard on the GO London team, covering restaurants and bars, and getting to eat and drink a veritable smorgasbord of wonderful things around the city. I left the paper in 2020 and went freelance, writing about food, drink and homes for publications including Conde Nast Traveller, Luxury London and Departures. A little less than a year later, I started at Homes & Gardens as a Digital Writer, allowing me to fully indulge my love of good interior design.