Creating a unique nursery for your baby boy is a fun project that holds special meaning in the heart of every mom-to-be. Whether you have more traditional taste, or prefer a modern feel, there is no shortage of possibilities. Even if you are not finding out the sex of your baby, a few details added to a gender neutral palate are all you need to create the perfect space for your bundle of joy.
Traditional Colors and Themes
If you want to create a traditional nursery for your baby boy, blue is your best friend. Even then, there are countless shades of blue to choose from, ranging from baby blue to navy blue. If the nursery gets a lot of natural light, a darker color should work fine, but if the room is dark to begin with, consider a lighter shade as a base. Painting the entire room navy blue could cause the room to appear smaller. A darker shade of blue works well with a nautical theme. A life preserver purchased at a garage sale or online makes a great wall hanging. Shelving can display other nautical treasures such as mini pirate ships or to make the space more juvenile, try rubber duckies. Other traditional themes are sports, farm animals, jungle and automobiles.
Pair sentimental items with new items, like daddy's old baseball mitt and a mini one to be used one day in the future by your son. In addition to shelving, wall murals are a great way to express a theme in the room. Decals of monkeys and elephants can be affixed to the wall, then removed once your baby has outgrown them. Framed pictures of actual animals from a farm or zoo create a learning opportunity for your baby as he begins to understand the world around him. Teach him the animal names and sounds while you change him into pajamas each night.
For a non-traditional baby boy nursery, accent colors like orange, brown and black redefine the space. Bold stripes or polka dots give a completely different feel to the room. Whimsical mobiles and wall art replace traditional trains and monkeys. A modern nursery can still be a cozy space for baby. Modern patterns on bedding and rugs can be softened with animal details such as over sized stuffed animals and framed keepsakes such as baby's first hand print, black and white pictures of baby or unique piggy banks.
Create a gender neutral palate that you can "boyify" when your little man is born. Choose colors like yellow, pale green, brown and white. Bunnies and farm animals are not gender specific, and dragonflies can be added later to make the nursery more masculine. For example, how about a dragonfly nightlight, wall hanging or lampshade? Try a yellow or green gingham pattern for crib sheets, window coverings and storage basket liners.