Nursery Decor Ideas

Ever since we put the offer in on our house, I’ve been dreaming up baby boy’s nursery. I knew I didn’t want it to scream “baby!”. I was not going to paint it a soft baby blue (dark blue I debated on, still am if I’m being honest). I ordered a rug from West Elm a while back, and cannot wait to put it in the space. We’re in process of refinishing the ceilings and painting, so things are a bit chaotic in the house still. I’m going for more “boy” than “baby boy”.

Furniture: I want things to look fresh in terms of furniture. I wouldn’t consider myself a super traditional person, but I don’t want things to look extremely modern either. I kept going back and forth on what type of seating I wanted in the room. I debated for a while if we should have a nice comfy chair and ottoman, in case we need to doze off in the early morning hours. But I thought I would use a rocking chair more.

My picks for the nursery:

Baby boy nursery

With that, I wanted a rocking chair that was different than your typical. I found one at CB2; I decided on leather for the fabric. When I first ordered it, I chose black and then changed my mind last minute to gray. I really didn’t want to spend the money on a leather rocking chair, but this is also the first time I’m buying legitimate new furniture for myself, actually taking the time to find the right pieces for the space. In our first house we used hand-me-down stuff. In our rental we did buy a couple new pieces, but nothing of high quality. Matt reminded me that we haven’t done this, well ever, he said just buy the dang rocking chair!

I haven’t totally decided on the dresser/changing table. I have a couple options to use pieces we own already. Since we moved, I have to reconfigure our own clothing storage (small, old houses have small closets).

Paint: As I mentioned, I’m still deciding on paint color. I gravitated toward green just because it’s not your typical “boy blue”. The shade “Cushing Green” from Benjamin Moore is the green I like (above). I do think a version of navy would work well too. I feel like I’m slightly more limited on my color choices because our trim and floors are stained wood.

Decor: Since I don’t want the nursery to feel like a nursery, I don’t plan on adding too many baby items (sounds a bit silly when I read this). However, I did find this cute Alphabet print from Juniper Studios that I think will fit perfect in the space. I’m also going to attempt to make something myself for the walls and have the two pieces hanging side by side. I definitely want a basket for all his toys. I really like this one from Magnolia, I love that it’s black (it’s on sale too!). I still need to find curtains, decide on wall hooks and shelves for books…

Did you stick with a more gender neutral theme for your nursery? What nursery items are must-haves? Should we go with green or blue wall paint for baby boy? Leave a comment below.