Now that the countdown to baby is on, I’ve finally finished up the nursery. Keep reading for my simple baby boy nursery ideas! Plus, where to find the best wallpaper, baby decor and more!
Baby Boy Nursery Themes
It seems as if every nursery has a theme of some kind. When you hear boy, you might instantly think of pale blue and white. The classic boy color palette isn’t going anywhere but there are lots of other themes and ideas to consider.
When thinking about nursery themes, gender neutral colors were important to me because I’m hoping to reuse most of the decor for any future children. I looked online for many ideas and noticed a few of the popular themes are woodland creatures, sports, and zoo animals.All super cute, but I wanted a theme that was a little different and not as common!
I stumbled across this adorable mobile on Amazon with farm animals and it’s what convinced me to do a farm animal theme! I grew up on a farm and my grandpa had horses so I thought it was fitting. How cute is the goat with a beard?! All of the animals are made from felted wool and they are so sweet 🙂
Once I settled on a farm theme, I decided on a grey, white, with green accent for a color palette. Grey and white are gender neutral and can go either way. I didn’t want it to feel too boring with just grey and white, so I decided to add in a little splash of color. Green can go for a baby boy nursery or a baby girl nursery because it’s gender neutral and can be played up or down, depending on how masculine or feminine you want to go. I sampled a few green paint colors and settled on Sherwin Williams Privilege Green
Originally, I was going to paint the ceiling green for something different, but decided to paint inside the closet and the closet doors green instead. I love how painting the entire closet creates a little nook and gives the room just the amount of color the room needed.
Baby Boy Nursery Wallpaper
As I was planning the nursery a few months ago, I knew for sure I wanted to incorporate wallpaper in our nursery’s design. I love wallpapering one accent wall as a feature and another way to play up the room and give it some pattern and color. I found a wallpaper company online called Wallpops and they have tons and tons of cute wallpapers!! They even have a category for nursery wallpaper.
If you hear the word wallpaper and instantly want to run for the hills at the thought of installing it, I’m here to tell you that it has come a long way! While yes, there is still wallpaper that requires paste and you would definitely want to hire a professional installer.
But Wallpops wallpaper is peel and stick so it’s simple to install yourself! You don’t have to mess around with the paste so it’s very simple and there is no clean up. Anyone can install it. All you do is start on one side of your wall and peel the backing off the wallpaper. Then line up the paper with your ceiling and edge of the wall and work your way down as you stick the paper to the wall. I take my time to make sure it’s straight and there are no air bubbles. The most challenging part of hanging wallpaper is making sure that you stay in a straight line. If you veer off your pattern will get crooked and won’t line up. Just take your time and if you’re off by a half inch, it’s so minor no one will notice.
About a year ago I hung peel and stick wallpaper in our family room on the back TV wall and it was very easy, so I knew it would be a simple addition to the nursery with big impact.
Deciding on a wallpaper design was tough since Wallpops has so many options. I ended up choosing the Terrain Pattern in Grey. It’s gender neutral, keeping with the grey color scheme and isn’t too loud or overbearing. I wanted the nursery to feel peaceful and calming. It probably took me about 3-4 hours to hang the wallpaper in the nursery myself.
One of the most important elements of a nursery is the furniture. The crib, changing pad or dresser, and rocking chair will be a part of your everyday life. I wanted pieces that would last several years, as this is the first of a few kids for us hopefully! There are so many options out there for cribs, dressers, and chairs in all different budgets, it’s hard to know what’s best. Ultimately you want something timeless, classic and the chair should be comfortable!
I went back and forth on what color of crib and changing dresser I wanted between white, grey, black or even wood, but ultimately decided white is best and most versatile. It works for a baby boy nursery or a baby girl nursery and will always be in style.
Our crib and changing table dresser are from Restoration Hardware, but I actually found them on FB Marketplace for a fraction of the cost! They are a few years old but still in near perfect condition. They are solid wood and so sturdy and just overall really high quality. I love the pretty mirror detail on the crib end panels. The dresser looks like the Pottery Barn one that I was eyeing.
The recliner is a power recliner that rocks and is super comfortable. It’s the Pottery Barn modern wingback glider. Once we really put it to use I should do a review in a few months and tell you if it’s been worth it and if we would buy it again.
The horse print hanging above the dresser was used in our last house in the living room. It fit the farm animal theme and I still love the art so it worked perfectly in the nursery. I kept the rest of the walls pretty open. I debated hanging something above the crib but just never found the right piece.
They make the perfect place to set cute little shoes, books, and art on display. I love them! I found the Oh My Darlin’ wool felt banner a couple years ago on vacation and knew it would be perfect in a nursery some day. I still found the banner on Amazon if you’re interested!
Then I got more bins for the top shelf from IKEA to store diapers, clothes, blankets, etc.
Our blackout drapery panels are from Target. They are only $35 so super affordable. I hung them as close to the ceiling as possible because it helps make the ceilings feel taller. A little designer trick!
I did make a cornice board to mount above the window for a little pop of color and extra flair, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with how it looks. You can see the tutorial how I made the cornice board here.
Our window faces west so in the afternoon and evening, the room still feels quite bright even with blackout curtains, so I still want to get blinds for the window to knock down more of the light for that precious nap time with a baby 🙂
We swapped out the old, ugly light fixture for a cute wood beaded light fixture – another Amazon find!
I’m in major nesting mode as we count down the days until baby and finish the last few projects around the house. I hope this post was helpful and inspired you with simple baby boy nursery ideas!