Nursery Colors for Boys

When choosing colors for a boy's nursery, it's OK to think beyond blue.

By: Gina Hannah

When you think of a baby boy's nursery, it's natural to think of classic blue, but don't stop there. From cheery bright hues to classic neutrals, you have a wide range of color choices to design the perfect baby boy's room.

15 Cool Cribs for Every Style

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Cottage-Style Crib

Unleash his inner sailor with this traditional Newport-inspired crib. Red, white and aqua crib bedding immediately invokes thoughts of the sea and maritime activities. When he's all grown up and ready to turn into a full-time captain, the crib can easily convert into a toddler bed at various height settings. Image courtesy of Layla Grayce

Contemporary Jungle

To create a gender-neutral nursery both babies will love, animal print is the perfect theme. In this contemporary, organic nursery, the sleek crib stands out among the neutral palette and soft decor. The mix of black and seagrass wood stains helps to maintain a nice color balance within the space. Image courtesy of Young America

Princess in Training

Outfitted in oversize bows and antique-inspired engravings, this elegant and ornate crib is for the ultimate girly-girl. With one feminine color scheme in mind — pink, crème and brown — the floral patterns, ruffles, crystals and bows help pull the room's entire aesthetic together. Image courtesy of PoshTots

Counting Sheep

Nothing makes a nursery feel more soothing than a soft color palette and comforting surroundings. This curvy white crib and curtained backdrop will send a baby to sleep in no time.

High-End Taste

For tots with the finest taste, this glamorous circular crib will provide sweet dreams until they're ready for a full-size bed of their own. This toddler-style canopy bed features full draperies with tie-backs, and the entire crib is on casters if movement helps soothe the baby to sleep. Image courtesy of PoshTots

Modern Neutrality

This sleek, contemporary nursery is meant for the most mature of toddlers. A completely neutral color palette, with pops of saturated green and blue, allow the crib to take center stage with its shell- and cherry-wood finish. Image courtesy of Young America

Watermelon Hues

Known as a fun and preppy color combination, green and pink is the perfect palette for a pretty and playful girls' nursery. This traditional crisp white crib looks especially stunning with its vibrant bedding and position in front of grass-green floor-to-ceiling draperies. Image courtesy of PoshTots

High-Flying Style

For this vintage-inspired boys' nursery, HGTV fan Kate1820 kept the overall theme clean and classic. She used blue, white and brown crib bedding with a traditional white crib and surrounded it with antique decor to complete the look. A concealed shelf below the crib's mattress is the perfect place to hold toys, books and stylish storage baskets.

Fairytale Dreams

With this magic carriage, dreams can come true. The crib features a front faux leather seat and a built-in changing table that appears as a rear "luggage rack" for carriage passengers. The fairytale theme is further enhanced with a whimsical mural and pastel hues. Image courtesy of PoshTots

Soho Style

This trendy crib makes what's inside the crib the most eye-catching part of the room. Solid head and foot boards create an even quieter sleep space and envelope the baby even more. The crib design features a stationary gate, removable teething rails and a distressed vintage finish — perfect for any design style. Image courtesy of Serena & Lily

Elegant Youth

This miniature sleigh crib is just as elegant and graceful as its adult version. The antique silver finish and relief carvings further glamorize the piece, making it an ideal sleeping spot for any elegant tot. Image courtesy of PoshTots

Three-Ring Circus

A four-post canopy-style crib is perfect for tots who like to take a walk on the wild side — every now and then. Panthers, elephants and camels walking above protect little boys and girls at night. The antique iron frame allows bold, gorgeous bedding to make a statement rather than hide behind thick wooden crib bars. Image courtesy of PoshTots

All Grown Up

Is your little one growing up too fast? He can still enjoy all the comforts of his infant crib while transitioning to a toddler bed. Some cribs offer conversion kits that allow you to remove one of the crib panels and replace it with a toddler bed panel without purchasing two separate beds. Once your little one does require a "big-kid" bed, you can simply convert it back into a crib and save it for another baby. Image courtesy of PoshTots

Night Owl

This crisp and modern crib looks stunning against the gray forest-inspired backdrop. The overall neutral color scheme allows pops of orange and turquoise to make a bold, energetic statement while still offering a soothing space for a baby to sleep.

Cherubini Retreat

This lavish crib is truly meant for even the smallest royal figures. It features inlaid caning adorned with intricate cherub-carved moldings, a detailed hand-applied antique finish with gold and silver gilding, and it looks especially stunning with an elegant bed crown and matching crib linens. Image courtesy of PoshTots

Neutral paint on the room's walls will give you a wide range of options for accent colors and accessories. Neutral colors will also allow for easy decor changes as your baby boy grows older.

For a look that is warm and nurturing with a bit of cheer, paint the walls a warm cocoa and add touches of orange and turquoise.

Green is also a good choice for walls, with tints ranging from palest mint to bright lime to deep forest green. Green looks rich and soothing with brown, beige and other neutrals. Create a strong color contrast with lime green paired with black and white accents.

Purple can also work in a boy's room, but you may want to steer from very pale shades or those with a hint of pink. Pair a deep shade of purple with grey or taupe in wide stripes on the walls.

And, yes, there's blue, which can range from the palest powder blue to cobalt. Paint walls a deep ocean blue and complement them with accessories in sky blue and dark navy. For more contrast, pair blue with bright green. Lighter shades of blue look good with brown. Soft shades of blue on the walls look great with bare wood furniture or pieces painted black or white. Deeper shades of blue will pop against crisp white or black furnishings.

For a strong mix of colors that works well, particularly with muted shades, paint a striped or argyle pattern with blue, green, beige or grey. This look will have more staying power than a "themed" room of airplanes, trains or another motif painted on the walls. You can bring those elements in with accessories, from lamps to pillows to artwork, which are much easier to change your child's tastes develop.

After choosing wall colors you love, consider the furnishings you'll put in your baby boy's room. Solid wood and black-painted furniture can provide a strong visual anchor to the room's decor if you're using neutral or brighter shades on the walls.

Whatever colors you choose, opt for a satin or semi-gloss finish on the walls to provide better durability and easier cleaning for those times when that growing boy arms himself with crayons to express his own color tastes.

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