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5 Boys Nursery Trends from a Professional Decorator

Boys nurseries; I know a thing or two about them, having three little boys myself! So, let’s talk colours. We all know monochrome is huge for little boys now but perhaps you wanting something a little different? 

This post is going to expose you to not only colour trends that I’m seeing with my existing clients, but pattern and texture inspiration too, so you can start to form some of your own interesting boys nursery ideas.

Here’s 5 of the biggest trends I’m seeing at the moment when it comes to nurseries for the little man in your life. If you’d like to see some fabulous ideas for little girl nurseries, take a look at this post.

5 Boys Nursery Ideas and Trends

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Industrial Inspiration

At the moment, the majority of my clients are wanting calm and soft spaces but adding in lots of texture with an industrial tone (think white with timber, leather and copper) and the occasional touch of dusty blue. And to be honest, this is my favourite look. You only have to check out my own son’s nursery to see why!

Navy Blue is Trending

My biggest tip when looking forward to what we will be seeing in nurseries and children’s’ spaces in the next year is navy blue.  Blue has always been my favourite colour and I think that it is such a versatile shade. You can add touches of any other colour (I love it with mustard and olive) and it has a sophisticated edge to it too.

Nest Design Studio boys nursery ideas surf board in nursery with grey striped wallpaper

Grey is a Safe Base Shade

Grey is always a favourite. I love that you can create a gender neutral nursery with white and grey and then add colour to it later. Be it a soft dove grey or a deep slate grey, you really can’t go wrong!

But do be Daring with Colour

Is colour more your thing? Believe it or not, I had the hardest time finding an appropriate image to share with you (the only nursery I have in my portfolio full of colour is yet to be photographed!)! I often get requests from clients who are having little girls who want colour, but not boys. Then I remembered seeing the image below by the lovely Nicole at Little Liberty. A room full of colour and personality.

little-liberty-boys-nursery-3-boys-nursery-ideas Nest Design Studio boys nursery ideas tree branch wallpaper in nursery on the life creative

An Underlying Theme

Now onto other point about boys nurseries and rooms: Themes. Is it a dirty word? Whilst I would never do a whole room in a theme, I think it’s totally ok to have an underlying theme. Gasp, what?! I know when theme is mentioned your mind goes straight to the rooms of 10 years ago when you would go to a baby store and buy the whole kit and caboodle of matching wallpaper border, linen and mobiles. 

BUT that’s not the case when I’m talking theme. And interesting point; with my mumma’s of boys clients, there is usually a theme – but not with my mumma’s of girls!.

Let’s look at Leo B’s nursery above – with the tree wallpaper. It has a theme, but can you see it?  It’s theme is travel and adventure.

So tell me, when it comes to boys nursery ideas, what’s your favourite colour combination or trend?


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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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