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20 Modern Nursery Ideas Perfect for Your Baby Boy

Neutral nursery with print rug

True Home

With a little one on the way, you might be itching to get their soon-to-be sleeping situation all squared away. It's such an exciting time, and while you may have a long list of to-dos, the design portion is one of the most fun. There are so many exciting components to sort through, be it peaceful wallpapers, chic changing tables, or cozy nursing chairs.

There's never been better time for designing a nursery. If your incoming baby happens to be a boy, the days of stereotypical blues and ultra masculine motifs are past their prime—baby boy nurseries are chicer than ever.

Whether you love the look of a gender neutral space, or like the idea of a traditional nursery, you can scroll through these gorgeous ideas to help you brainstorm the perfect room for your new baby.

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Go for Breathtakingly Modern

Neutral colored nursery

Homey Oh My

Nurseries these days can very easily match the caliber of style you have throughout the rest of your home without feeling too cold or adult-like. This stunning example features a super sophisticated color palette, but still feels warm and peaceful for your new bundle of joy.

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Embrace Bright and White

White changing station

Cathie Hong Interiors

Bright and airy goes hand-in-hand with baby nurseries. Not only does this vibe reflects the sunny intentions you have for your tiny one's new life, but it will make the process of changing diapers and getting up in the middle of the night all the better when the room is so cheerful.

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Pick a Few Colors of the Rainbow

Animal-themed, earthy nursery

Pimp My Crib

This particular room makes a case for selecting a saturated palette that leans more towards primary colors. The orange and green are undoubtedly a fun and playful combination that makes this space stand out, but the tones are slightly muted so it still feels tranquil despite being bold.

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Look to Childhood Classics

Where the Wild Things Are-inspired nursery


Pulling inspiration from beloved story books—such as this homage to Where the Wild Things Are—is a great place to start when planning a nursery.

You can draw on characters, messages, or even the colors in any book to make an impression in your baby boy's room.

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Play With Pink

Plant print wall in nursery

House of Harvee

Any color can be used in any nursery, and if you can't shake your adoration for shades of blush, peach, and rose you can most certainly incorporate it into your little boy's room. Wallpaper, bedding, drapes, or wall art are all easy ways to make this happen.

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Relish in the Details

Wave wallpaper in boys' room

Cathie Hong Interiors

Big-ticket nursery items like changing stations and cribs can certainly make or break a space, but to really develop a space you like, it's all in the details.

The fine-lined waves on the wallpaper and corresponding looping shelves are just one example in this nursery of how details can instantly elevate your baby's room.

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Review Your Room Options

Green accent wall in nursery

House on Hillside Lane

Some spaces are clearly designed to be bedrooms, but others—like bonus rooms or loft-like spaces—can make for a great nursery, too.

The cool ceiling shape and vast space, like this nursery has, will give your baby boy room to move and grow for years and leave ample room for getting creative with your layout.

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Add an Ornate Touch

Neutral nursery with print rug

True Home

Something as simple as a rug can solve the feeling that something is missing in a minimal nursery. It by no means takes away from your clean approach—it just adds a cozy, customized flair.

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Think Beyond Plain Walls

Polkadot-walled nursery

MJ Home Interior

Mixing prints without losing that minimal atmosphere? It's more than possible. The polka dots on this wall and the plaid bedding are complemented by the white and black color scheme, so while it makes a statement it still feels cool and collected.

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Lay Down the Vintage Vibes

Vintage inspired nursery

Rikki Snyder

Minimal and modern are all well and good, but if your heart is in vintage, there are so many chic ways you can incorporate your style into a nursery. From patterned wallpaper to antique-looking chairs, this nursery is a master class in how to perfectly execute this look.

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Punctuate With Plants

Nursery with light blue accent

Burchard Design Co.

That's right, the nursery is yet another room where plants will go the extra mile when it comes to style. Whether you hang them in a stunning arrangement from the ceiling, or place them on a shelf, they're sure to add a touch of life.

Make sure the plants you're considering are child-safe and non-toxic before adding them to your nursery.

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Make It an Extension of Your Most Relaxing Room

Nursery with green dressing table

Leclair Decor

Through peaceful nights and fitful tantrums, you'll always be satisfied if you design with serenity in mind. Gather inspiration from the rooms in your home that bring you calm and use those attributes to build out a nursery that feels equally as relaxing.

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Get Creative With Your Walls

Corner of boys' bedroom

Home by Polly

Patterns, shapes, and colors—used together or separately—will all easily feel at home in a nursery. Play with perspective and patterns for a unique corner that you won't be able to find in anyone else's nursery.

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Embellish With Green

Forest motif in nursery

Louis Duncan-He

Forest greens and mossy tones are excellent choices for a nursery. Tones of green have the magic power of being calming and playful at the same time. Whether you take forest green figuratively with woodland vignette, or just tie in a few hues, you'll be pleased with the result.

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Don't Forget Your Storage

Neutral nursery corner

Anne Sage

Extra organization is a must when your little one comes along, but it doesn't have to be boring or unsightly. By building your storage into the foundation of your room you can make it look ultra stylish, like these floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Cubbies like this are perfect for storing bags, books, and diapers—but are also great for displaying the cutest teddy bears and toys.

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Stick to Simplicity

Simple baby nursery with artwork

Jessica Nelson Design

Like you've probably discovered with baby clothes, toys, and accessories, the market is so saturated with décor for nurseries, too. The infinite options can be overwhelming to say the least, but as this room proves, sometimes less is more when it comes to design.

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Try Subtle Statements

Tan and neutral nursery

Midcity Interiors

If you love the look of a cool statement piece in baby's room, but can't part ways with your Scandi-chic color palette, don't fret. It's just as easy to find structural pieces and artsy decor that abide by muted tones—just look at the wooden bead chandelier and the hidden rabbit lamp.

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Fall in Love With Gray

Gray themed nursery

Finding Lovely

Gray is often considered a cooler color depending on the shade you use, but it always seems to feel warming in a nursery. If a lot of color feels overwhelming, choosing this fool-proof neutral ensures you'll never get sick of looking at it.

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Break Out the Patterns

Multicolored nursery

Laquita Tate

Nurseries are one of the best places to try out an idea you love, but haven't had the guts to implement. Obsessed with the idea of a bold print accent wall? Or toying with painting your walls black? Both these things and more can be tested and flawlessly pulled off in a baby's room.

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Rethink Blue for Boys

Patterned nursery walls

JLA Designs

For an updated take on blue, simply take a peek at this bright and colorful nursery. The pattern and different shades on the wall make it feel fresh and energizing each time you set foot inside. There are many fun ways to incorporate this shade without resorting to painting the walls all one color.