Traditional nursery designs are sweet, but they can also lend themselves towards the feminine. For this reason, I’m noticing more families asking about modern nursery ideas for their soon-to-be baby boys.
The following are 9 ideas that can help to keep your nursery a little more masculine and may also help you to transition your baby’s space into a little boy’s space and beyond with the right planning and color coordination.
- It’s never too early for geometry. Skip the cuddly, soft pooh-bear motif and head straight to geometry. Whether you like stripes, checkers, angles or all-of-the-above, using geometric patterns on the walls, via an area rug or for the bedding will add a more modern and mature element to the bedroom, saving you the hassle of a re-design in a couple more years.
- Pattern layering. Mixing and matching different patterns is a fun and high-energy way to add a more contemporary design idea into your nursery space. If you’ve never done it before, stick with just a few different patterns and make sure they’re connected via similar color families.
- Choose a neutral theme. Instead of teddy bears or bubbly planes, choose a design theme that can be taken into the future. Nature themes or adult versions of trains, planes and automobiles can all be done to suit a nursery space without being too cutsie.
- Go neutral in general. This can be especially beneficial if you are a renter or aren’t sure how much longer you’ll be in your general location. Choosing neutral colors, accents and accessories will yield a tranquil nursery space that can be added to little by little as your child develops his own tastes and color preferences.
- Use vintage boy decor. One of my favorite things about choosing a vintage design is that there is a hint of the traditional but the result looks modern and hip. The vintage lettering, cool retro dresser and the geometric area rug in this design make for an eye-catching nursery.
- Choose fun color combinations. Ditch the more traditional hues, like a pastel or navy blue, and choose slightly more bold and unique color combinations like aqua and orange or green and black.
- Add black. Speaking of black as an accent, using black in the baby nursery can be visually stunning and certainly adds a chic and modern touch. There are so many things done right in this baby’s nursery, including a dreamy paint scheme that creates the illusion of clouds and the black window trip and accents that pepper the room. Also, babies see black and white patterns best for the first few months so having a little black-and-white in the space will provide visual stimulation.
- Keep it basic. There’s no need to go completely crazy with the nursery. In fact, odds are the baby won’t be spending as much time in there as you think since much of the feeding, napping and changes will happen elsewhere in your home or on the go. This sweet and simple nursery shows that only the basics are required to yield an attractive, contemporary nursery design.
- Wall stencils. I am a fan of wall stenciling. By choosing a more generic shape or pattern, like this series of trees, you gain a unique and modern aesthetic as well as a design that can be grown into or will appeal to the masses if you end up selling your home down the road.