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Cute Baby Boy Nursery Decorating Ideas

Design a Special Room for Your Son


Updated May 30, 2011

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Designing a baby boy nursery doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. While you can certainly purchase coordinating nursery sets or hire a professional decorator, it's easy to design a special room for your son if you just keep in mind a few simple baby boy nursery decorating ideas.

Baby Boy Nursery Theme Ideas

Transportation themes are extremely popular choices for a baby boy nursery. You can create a nursery with a cars and trucks theme. You could focus on tractors as part of a farming theme or turn your son's room into a railroad filled with trains. Police car or fire truck accents are also a fun idea to consider for the nursery, especially if you have a policeman or fireman in the family.

Animal themes are another good choice for baby boy nurseries. Jungle themes are the most common, but farm animals are also quite popular. A ranch theme with cowboys and horses plays off a love of nature as well.

Sports themes work well in a baby boy nursery. You can create a room with a general sports theme or focus on a specific sport such as baseball or football. If your husband has a favorite sports team, you could incorporate this memorabilia into your nursery décor or paint the walls in the team colors.

If you're looking for more unusual baby boy room ideas, consider scaled down versions of themes for an older boy's room. For a futuristic nursery, choose a space theme and accent the room with stars, robots, rocket ships, and cuddly monsters. Showcase a love of music by painting music notes on the wall, framing vintage records or posters, and displaying musical instrument toys your son can play with as he gets older.

Baby Boy Room Ideas for Color Schemes

Paint provides a quick and affordable way to tie together a room, especially when you're decorating a baby boy nursery. Many people choose their color scheme based on wall art or bedding they've selected for their nursery theme, but you can choose the nursery colors first if you prefer.

A pastel blue is the traditional color of choice for a baby boy nursery, but this is far from the only option available. Light blue, sage, and gray is masculine, but subdued. A barn red and bluish-gray nursery is inviting for your son, but still sophisticated enough to blend into the rest of your home. Lime green and navy blue or orange and royal blue provide a bold and contemporary look for your baby boy bedroom decorating ideas.

If you're having trouble choosing colors for the nursery, remember that most stores now sell small paint testers. You can experiment with various color combinations on a blank canvas before you commit to painting the entire room. If you like the results, incorporate your canvas into the nursery décor as one-of-a-kind wall art!

Form and Function

When designing your son's nursery, remember that the room needs to be both functional and attractive. You will need to have plenty of storage space for diapers, clothes, books, and toys. You'll also probably want to leave room for a rocking chair or glider you can sit in during those late night feeding sessions.

Since your little bundle of joy won't stay a baby forever, consider how easily your nursery can be updated. Many themes can be adapted to reflect the tastes of an active toddler just by changing a few accessories and replacing the crib with a "big boy" bed. However, updating stenciled walls or furniture that has been hand painted with a themed border can be a bit trickier.

For more nursery design tips, check out the Decorating the Baby's Nursery section at About Interior Decorating.

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