25 Baby Boy Nursery Design Ideas for 2019

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You’re having a new baby boy, congratulations! Below you can find our ultimate guide to nursery design for baby boys.


Parents who know that they’re expecting a boy often choose to decorate the nursery accordingly to celebrate the occasion. Out of the 31,535 homes we surveyed, 22.71% of families identified their nursery as a boy’s nursery. When designing a nursery, there are several important features that parents should include:

The Crib

Cribs are available in just about every shape and size, from simple wooden cradles to models that convert into toddler beds. The crib is possibly the most important piece of furniture in the room, as it’s where babies spend the majority of their time. It should be safe, supportive, and durable enough to last through the entirety of early infancy.

The Changing Table

While not all parents choose to invest in a changing table, it can be a lifesaver when it comes to keeping a nursery clean and orderly. For nurseries with limited space, a portable changing top can be placed on top of any cabinet or table to turn it into a working changing table instantly.


Babies aren’t the only ones who spend plenty of time in the nursery during their early months. Parents also frequent the room, and it’s important to have a place for mom or dad to relax as they feed, read, and play. Chairs, sofas, and rocking chairs all make good seating choices.


As your child grows, so does his collection of clothes and toys. It’s important to include plenty of space for storage in any nursery so that you can keep up with gifts for birthdays, holidays, and doting grandparents.

Design Elements

The right layout can make any nursery feel comfortable and cozy, regardless of budget or space constraints. There are a couple of essential elements that can be found in any well-designed nursery:


Flooring can help to bring a room together, and choosing the right material is critical to completing any nursery design. Out of 26,582 homes surveyed, the most popular choice of flooring materials found in nurseries included:

Floor Material Popularity
Carpet 40.32%
Medium Hardwood 22.00%
Light Hardwood 17.03%
Dark Hardwood 13.78%
Painted Wood 1.59%
Laminate 0.94%
Concrete 0.82%
Ceramic Tile 0.76%
Vinyl 0.56%
Porcelain Tile 0.53%
Cork 0.53%
Linoleum 0.26%
Bamboo 0.23%
Plywood 0.19%
Marble 0.17%
Travertine 0.11%
Terra-cotta Tile 0.09%
Limestone 0.06%
Slate 0.04%
Brick 0.01%

Carpeting is a popular choice, as it’s safe, soft, and matches with almost any style of nursery. Carpets, though- even the stain-resistant variety- can be hard to care for around small children. Hardwoods, tiling, and other smooth flooring choices are also popular choices in nurseries because they’re easy to keep clean and maintain over the years. You can add rugs to make hard floors less dangerous in the event of tumbles or falls.

Wall Covering

The type of wall covering a nursery uses typically depends on the overall design of the room. Parents who want a more subtle look may stick to matte paint, perhaps with colorful accents to add some aesthetic interest. For a more popping look, you can find wallpaper designs with colorful shapes and patterns that appeal to an infant’s developing sense of vision.


Babies are visual creatures, and a stimulating environment can help them to learn and develop as they grow from infant to toddler. In a boy’s nursery, decor should match the general color scheme of the room, perhaps add bright accents to blue palates or neutral tones. You can add wall art, stuffed animals, patterned wallpapers, and more to make a nursery more enjoyable.


The size of a nursery typically depends on budget, space constraints, and personal preferences. Out of 24,123 rooms surveyed, here are the most popular size options for nurseries:

Size Popularity
Compact 17.74%
Medium 61.37%
Large 19.37%
Expansive 1.52%


While compact nurseries might seem small, with some careful furniture arrangement, they can provide plenty of space for a growing baby. Storing clothes, toys, and other loose items in built-in closets or adding vertical shelving can help to increase floor area, giving toddlers more space to play and explore. It also frees up room for a larger crib or a more comfortable armchair.


By far the most popular size option for nurseries, medium-sized rooms offer plenty of space for both parents and toddlers to roam around. Mid-sized nurseries are often smaller the bedrooms for children and teens while still providing plenty of space for all of the necessities.


Large nurseries can be a bit expensive to design and decorate, but they’re a popular choice amongst parents who aren’t constrained by space in an apartment or small home. Large nurseries offer space for toddlers to grow into children and teens without the hassle of having to move between rooms.


Extra large nurseries are the least common sizing choice, primarily because most families simply don’t have the space to give their baby a sprawling room. Families that have more than one infant living in their homes, such as parents with twins or triplets, may opt for an expansive nursery to make sure that they have enough space for multiple cribs and toys.


There are countless stylistic choices when it comes to boys’ nurseries, but the classics still seem to be the most popular options. Of 95,830 surveyed, we found that most families prefer themes that work with the design scheme of the rest of their home. The most popular choices include:

Style Popularity
Contemporary 26.83%
Traditional 22.17%
Transitional 13.86%
Modern 11.47%
Eclectic 9.39%
Scandinavian 3.46%
Beach Style 3.04%
Farmhouse 1.95%
Rustic 1.85%
Craftsman 1.30%
Shabby-Chic Style 1.24%
Midcentury 0.91%
Industrial 0.65%
Mediterranean 0.62%
Tropical 0.57%
Asian 0.35%
Victorian 0.24%
Southwestern 0.10%

Contemporary Nursery Example

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Bold patterns contrast with smooth paneling to help bring a contemporary edge to this nursery. The sleek design of the toys and furniture also helps to modernize the room.

Traditional Nursery Example

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This room’s decor is very typical of a traditional boy’s nursery, contrasting white and beige with bright accent colors such as blue and orange.

Transitional Nursery Example

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Combining both contemporary and traditional elements, this room includes design elements from across the decades. Purple and white accents give off an elegant, almost regal impression.

Modern Nursery Example

Source: Zillow Digs

This modern nursery uses a combination of monochromatic colors accented by a dark, masculine red to create a color scheme that would look just as good in a boy’s nursery as it would in a teenager’s bedroom.

Eclectic Nursery Example

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While this design is relatively minimalistic, it combines a variety of elements to create a visually stimulating forest scene. Grey overtones contrast with bright blues, oranges, and whites to create a unique yet attractive color scheme.

Scandinavian Nursery Example

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Pale, cool colors are typical of Scandinavian interior design, bringing to mind the frosty Nordic landscape. Rugs, blankets, and other plush accents help to make the room feel cozier.

Beach Style Nursery Example

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Nautical themes work well in boy’s nurseries, using decor such as anchors and compasses to bring the beach feel to life. This room uses bold navy, red, and white accents to create a luxurious yachting feel.

Farmhouse Nursery Example

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Antique furniture, unfinished woods, and a traditional crib give this nursery a quaint country feel. Light blue accents and animal decor make the otherwise somber room more toddler-friendly.

Rustic Nursery Example

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Natural woods give this room its rustic appeal, from the carefully crafted crib to the beautiful mahogany rocking horse. The nursery uses blue and white accents to soften the otherwise overwhelming wooden design of the room.

Craftsman Nursery Example

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This nursery has a clean-cut feel that’s emphasized by a simple color scheme and bold geometric shapes. Its large size also helps it to look more spacious and organized.

Shabby-Chic Nursery Example

Source: Zillow Digs

This shabby-chic design combines masculine steel-grey elements with soft pink accents to create a boy’s nursery with a unique color scheme. The room also contrasts sharp edges with fluffy furs and sheer curtains for a more interesting look.

Mid Century Nursery Example

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Reminiscent of the styles of the 1960s, this nursery uses a funky geometric accent wall as its focal point and yellow highlights to offset the monochromatic color palette.

Industrial Nursery Example

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A barred crib and matching shelving complete this industrial-style nursery, which uses dark brown hardwood and steel grey walls to bring a nineteenth-century factory feel to the room.

Mediterranean Nursery Example

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White, brown, and blue bring together the traditional Mediterranean look of this room, while bird and flower accents give the nursery a fresh, natural appeal.

Tropical Nursery Example

Source: Zillow Digs

The centerpiece of this tropical nursery is the exotic fern tree, which contrasts a beige and navy beachfront palette with bright green, palm-like leaves.

Asian Nursery Example

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This nursery is designed with feng shui in mind, using straight lines and earth tones to create a calming effect. The decor also includes trees, flowers, and butterflies to add a natural element to the room.

Victorian Nursery Example

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Elegant White and beige overtones along with design elements such as a chandelier and a patterned rug help to complete the Victorian style of this nursery.

Southwestern Nursery Example

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Painted blue wooden furniture and yellow walls with a whimsical wallpaper border give this small nursery a certain Southwestern-style charm, while plenty of pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals make it feel comfortable and cozy.


When most people think of boy’s nurseries, they think of cribs and mobiles and dressing tables in various shades of blue. Plenty of parents choose to outfit their baby’s room in a less traditional color scheme, however. Out of the 71,729 homes that we surveyed, neutral and earth tones appeared to be the most popular:

Color Popularity
Brown 24.34%
White 23.28%
Gray 11.24%
Beige 9.64%
Green 6.26%
Blue 4.52%
Turquoise 4.05%
Red 3.90%
Black 3.12%
Pink 3.03%
Orange 2.30%
Yellow 2.06%
Violet 1.42%
Wood Tones 0.84%

Color is one of the most important aspects of nursery design, as it’s the feature that will stand out most to an infant. A rainbow of colors can be overwhelming for toddlers, but adding vibrant accent features to more neutral tones can make a room more interesting to a developing mind. There are a couple of ways that you can add a fresh splash of color to a nursery:

  • Add an accent wall: Painting a single wall a different color can add some interest to a room and make it appear larger. For parents who didn’t know the gender of their child before birth, it’s also an easy way to make a boy’s nursery more gender appropriate. Painting a blue or grey accent wall against neutral tones such as white or brown can create a roomier feeling while also adding some color to the room.
  • Hang wall art: Whether it’s dinosaurs, sea creatures, or superheroes, art can help to make any nursery more complete. Paintings, murals, and more can make a nursery more appealing and stimulate the imagination. You can even add a child’s art to help encourage self-expression.
  • Paint furniture: There’s no question that every nursery needs certain elements, such as a crib or a changing station. Many of these come in neutral colors, but with a little paint, furniture can become the focal point of the room. Boy’s nurseries often include cribs and changing station in shades of blue, grey, and other neutral tones.

White Nursery with Navy Accents

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Beige Nursery with Splashes of Pale Blue

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Blue Nursery with Black and Brown Highlights

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Yellow Nursery with Green Accents

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Gray with Black and Blue Patterns

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