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Nursery Theme Ideas For Boys

Updated on April 27, 2015

Starting With The Basics

Who says you have to go traditional when designing a nursery for your baby boy? Sure, blue is a great color and you can use it in any way you like, but don't be afraid to veer off the straight and narrow path and try something a little daring.

Below are some tips and ideas for how to make your baby's nursery unique.

Image courtesy of Thebline on Flickr.

Make it Cute

Image by Kenziepoo on Flickr
Image by Kenziepoo on Flickr
Nursery Image by 3Neus on Creative Commons
Nursery Image by 3Neus on Creative Commons

Know your Tastes

Your baby boy's room will be a part of your existing decor. Consider it an extension of the style you already love and live with. Do you have a penchant for roosters or cats? Why not continue the theme into baby's room?

Or maybe you love to play golf. Why not do up baby's room with a mini golf course theme? There are so many themes in your home right now that can be continued with a few baby nursery accessories. You can even dress it up with a fun kids room door sign.

Whatever your tastes, you're sure to find something you can pull out and highlight as the focal point of the nursery. It may be as simple as bringing out your favorite colors in bolder shades in the nursery. You can also use those shades in pastel shades.

Matching decor and baby items are an excellent touch for making the baby's room cool and comfortable.

Cute little wagon decor from Baby Gifts & Gift Baskets
Cute little wagon decor from Baby Gifts & Gift Baskets

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

What little boy's room wouldn't look darling with accents of things that go zoom? Instead of going traditional with the usual cutouts and décor from the home stores, use your imagination. Does your husband have a vintage toy plane you could hang from the ceiling with wire? Are there any antique toy cars, trains, or baby gifts in the family? Why not set up a train along a chair rail in the room? Or decorate the floor with painted train tracks or a train track rug?

Is someone handy with their hands? Why not get them to help shape a crib into a car or train with paint and wood? As long as everything is safe for baby, you can go wild with your imagination. Block print your own white curtains with blue, red and yellow cars, boats, trains, or planes.

Image by Colros on Flickr
Image by Colros on Flickr

Enchanted Forest

You're not in Kansas anymore

If you imagine your boy will be an adventurer, why not get him started with his own enchanted forest to dream in? You can paint trees on the walls that arch over the window frames and seem to pop out from every direction. It's amazing the effects you can get with paint. If you're not an expert muralist, hire someone who is.

Local art colleges usually have many gifted students who'd love to make a few extra dollars. Go with forest themed colors like rich browns and greens. A green throw rug on a dark wood floor would look wonderful.

You can do all sorts of accents from a moon hanging from the ceiling to baby teddy bears peeking out from nooks. It's easy to add leaves and branches to the decor with accent pillows and bedding.

Organizing Your Baby Nursery - Baby Nursery Ideas

Puppy image courtesy of Clownfish on Creative Commons
Puppy image courtesy of Clownfish on Creative Commons

Doggie Tails

There's not a child around who isn't fascinated with animals. Instead of going all out and trying to include every animal you can think of, why not tailor your décor down to one? Pick one dog breed that you and your family are particularly fond of. Or select several breeds and go with a Best of Show theme. Showcase stuffed dogs in all sizes. Add wooden ears to the exterior of the crib and paint on a doggie face.

Slipcover a nursery rocker in doggie printed fabric. Use toy dogs in various sizes attached to cording as curtain tie backs. Or use dog leashes to keep curtains curtailed. Create a mirror decorated with doggie bones around the edges. Of course as long as there are baby boys, there will always be doggie bedding or puppy baby blankets available. For a special touch, include photos of dogs you currently or previously have had in your family over the years.

Picture Perfect Nursery - With a touch of home

This lovely image was shot by Thebline on Flickr
This lovely image was shot by Thebline on Flickr
Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse - Image by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr
Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse - Image by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr


Cartoons are a hit with all kids. But today's cartoons will quickly look dated as baby grows. You want a nursery that can grow with your child. So, stick to the classics. Classic Mickey and Minnie (from back in the 1930s) have proven to interest and excite every generation of kids. Find old dolls at online auctions or at flea markets. You can find old Pez dispensers, framed art, fabrics and more bearing the golden oldies' images.

You might include movie reels to hang on the walls to hearken back to the day when cartoons were shown reel-to-reel. Make pillows out of old t-shirts bearing the images. Print vintage images from online onto fabric sheets and iron or sew onto fabric to make a quilt. How far you take the theme is limited only by your imagination.

Last But Not Least - A video on some different paint ideas

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      6 years ago

      These are beautiful. :)

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      6 years ago

      I like them all, esp. the forest theme! Looks real cool!

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      7 years ago

      So cute! I love every theme you showed on your lens. Good job. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Really great ideas! My son's nursery was decorated with trains, then he progressed to dinosaurs and then the jungle. I have always loved surrounding my children by the things they love :)

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      7 years ago

      Nice selection. Joined fan club.

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      7 years ago

      These are really cool!

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      You came up with some wonderful ideas for creating a themed baby nursery. As you've pointed out - all it takes is a little creativity. I'm not a golfer, but if the new parents are, that is a great idea for theming the babies room. I am seeing children's golf decor and clothing every wear now, which would make it so easy to make a really great baby golfer themed nursery. Leaving you with a Squid Angel blessing and added your link from this lens to My Squid Angel Wings blessing lens.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens.this is great information to all.Thanks for sharing. strategic planning software

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      8 years ago

      The enchanted forest is so cool! So many great ideas here!

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Fun video. I love all the ideas you have shared here.

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      8 years ago

      I want the tree in my room.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for posting this. Dear friends of mine and my husbands are having their first and it is a boy. They have been having trouble on trying to figure out how to decorate his room. I plan to share these ideas with them and hopefully it will help

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      8 years ago

      This is a tasteful and well done lens. Love the decor ideas and pics. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Parenting Young Children

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Some great ideas for decorating a boys nursery. The tree trunk idea is great, I actually know someone who built their house around a giant tree so that it was part of their living room, talk about a feature :)

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my baby nursery wallpaper lens. I've got this lensrolled to all of my kid's room decor lenses. I love the real tree trunk idea you've shown here.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my It's A Boy baby shower lens. Love the Soho bedding items from Amazon - I think froggies or monkeys would be perfect for a baby boy's room. Great lens.

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      8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      Love these suggestions! We did a Bambi theme with our oldest son and found many of his decorations online. Wish I was having another because I would use your Doggie Tales ideas for sure - keep up the great work!

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      8 years ago

      Love murals in a nursery .... one of my friends had a giant pooh and friends mural printed on her child's wall and it was adorable. My sister-in-law did a blue puppy themed nursery like you mentioned and she made brown paw prints by putting paint on her hands and fingers to create paws on some of the walls....also adorable. You have some great ideas here.


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