Congratulations on expecting a new baby boy!
One of the best part about planning for their arrival is deciding on a theme for your baby’s nursery, and there are so many good ones choose from.
Your baby’s room is a blank canvas, and you can turn it into an entirely different world with the right paint color, a funky wall paper, fun wall decals, thoughtful furnishings, and the right decor items.
From the ceiling to the changing table, to the crib sheets and nursery furniture, these ideas will get you inspired and excited about creating your perfect nursery.
We scoured the internet for the best ideas so you don’t have to. Here are 33 of our favorite baby boy nursery themes for 2022.
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These listings do not include affiliate links – we just genuinely love the ideas.
1. Teddy Bears
Cuddly, snuggly teddy bears will never go out of style, and they can make a great theme for your baby boy’s nursery. In this sweet room designed by @jessicalouise.home, soft grays and whites achieve a calm and cozy effect, and just a hint of yellow is used as an accent color. A soft, fuzzy rug and puffy clouds as wall decor add texture to the room.
2. Zoo & Forest Animals
This forest animal themed nursery is simple and uses a neutral color palette, but it’s anything but boring.
The wall art prints of woodland animals include hues of gray, orange, and brown, with plenty of interesting detail. The white cribs and picture frames are fresh and crisp, allowing the fancy chandelier to make its statement. The striped crib bumpers add a clean and simple finishing touch to the space.
Your little guy will love staring up at his animal friends. We love this sweet woodland-themed nursery room from interior design obsessed @thegoldenplume.
We love this jungle animal wallpaper used by Instagram user @va_va_room in her little boy’s nursery (and the faux tiger carpet, of course!). The wild pattern on the sitting chair and various blankets bring in different textures, and the gold mobile and round lamp come together to create a whimsical safari nursery.
Inspire your little man to travel the world and instill in him a sense of adventure with a nursery that includes interesting or whimsical maps and travel items.
This room featured on @kescollections achieves a sophisticated yet approachable look through calm colors, printed old-fashioned maps, a wrought iron crib, and a modern area rug. A rich wood dresser can hold all the baby essentials.
5. Name Themed Nursery
What better theme for your nursery than your baby boy’s name? Consider a name-themed wall mural or large print to use as a focal point in the room. In this room from @kristenspeer, the name is placed above a white crib, which is placed atop a patterned rug. A tent-shaped bookshelf adds visual interest, as do the two-toned walls. The use of triangles in the bookshelf and lamp create continuity throughout the space.
We are loving the trendy cactus nursery theme for boys or girls rooms.
This baby room from @butfirstmaisie features @wallpaperie ‘s exclusive watercolor cactus paper by artist Ana Guy. The bright colors and fun accent wall balance well with natural elements in the curtains and chandelier.
Tweet, tweet! Your little bird will love their special room, complete with birdhouses, tiny birds, and a cozy neutral palette.
This adorable baby room from Instagram user @nana_dyell in Quebec has a nest-shaped textured light fixture as a focal point, wooden furniture, and soft accents.
A great way to bring in birdhouses in with a sweet print like the one you see below, or by sourcing actual birdhouses to place throughout the room on shelving.
8. Trees & Nature
Making a large tree the focal point of your child’s nursery gives it a centering point to build around. You can opt for a wall decal or whimsical wall art.
Incorporating real trees in a baby boy’s room is a great idea. In this nursery from Instagram user @___makingahouseahome, real-looking trees are used to bring the outdoors in and give an earthy vibe to the nursery.
Your new little baby is as unique as a seashell on the shores, which is why a seashell theme is a great choice for a nursery.
These beautiful prints from @bobbinandbumble create a delicate coastal nursery with gentle neutral tones, light wood, and soft statement pillows. The neutral colours create a very calming effect. The nautical round mirror is a subtle statement piece for the baby room.
Even in small spaces, thoughtful pieces can make it meaningful and impressive.
10. Ocean / Beach
Your love for your baby is as deep and wide as the ocean, so an ocean theme is a perfect choice.
Just like the seashells theme above, this mostly white nursery takes its inspiration from the deep blue sea, but maintains a light coastal vibe. We love the mix of colors, greenery, and the cozy couch instead of a glider. The decorative items on the bookshelf give a personal touch.
In another interesting take on an ocean theme, @petitbunnysa featured this impressive room which uses bold colors, natural wood, and modern photography to achieve a beachy vibe.
To achieve the popular farmhouse look in a baby nursery, the important thing is to focus on special details, soft earth accents, exposed wood, and monochrome palettes.
In this room from a DIY interior designer @the_pleasant_farmhouse, the baby can also gaze at the great outdoors. The style lends itself well to a baby boy nursery design.
12. Cozy Earth
These earth-tone prints could be the inspiration for the whole room! They can help to create a cozy nursery that pays homage to our natural surroundings.
If you’re going for a modern look, you could opt for clean white walls, minimalist furniture, bold patterns, and an uncluttered floor space. A teal side table and orange patterned pillow bring fun pops of color to the room. This beautiful baby nursery was created by the design team at Rehabitat.
14. Story Book
To generate baby room ideas, turn to your favorite childhood books. Choose your favorite story book and create a theme around it. You can frame prints, curate special accessories, and draw from the colors in the book.
Popular books include Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlotte’s Web, Dr. Seuss books, and The Giving Tree.
This is one of our favorite baby nursery ideas because it will stand the test of time and is personal to each family.
These prints are from Etsy.
A bunny theme can take on many different styles, from soft and cozy to modern and bold. It’s not just for a baby girl! The focal point of this mostly white room is a giant graphic print featuring an adorable bunny. The small triangle print wall paper is the perfect simple backdrop for this dramatic statement piece. A soft gray crib bedding set blends right in, and a wicker basket adds to the casual vibe.
This child’s nursery is bright, clean, and so very fun. The playful space is designed to inspire a child’s imagination. Whimsical prints, lively patterns, and fun accessories give it a nordic charm. Found on Petit & Small.
The possibilities with a chalkboard are endless! You can write a favorite quote, create some colorful doodles, or feature your baby’s name in big bold letters.
In this sweet space from @m_m_interior_design out of Chicago, the mom has written a loving quote, coupled with a bright yellow comfortable chair, window drapes with a fun pattern, and striped area rug with all the primary colors.
This is a great example of how a chalkboard can give a small room lots of character and personalization, and is an excellent choice for a nursery.
18. Mid-Century Modern
Give a nod to decades past with a vintage feel in your baby nursery. You can opt for midcentury modern or turn-of-the-century as your inspiration.
In the nursery below from Amber Interiors, there is plenty of natural light, midcentury modern furniture, and a beautiful traditional rug.
19. Bumble Bees
There’s something irresistible about the energetic buzz of bumble bees, and the honey they create is as sweet as your new little baby.
This gender-neutral nursery from looksugar.com uses a bee print wallpaper, natural woven wall baskets, a golden blanket, and other meaningful accessories to create a sweet-as-honey space.
20. Outer Space
Outer space is a classic baby boy nursery theme, but there are so many different directions to take it.
This stunning space by @ericalynnbirr features an accent wall with a space mural, including a giant full moon and stars surrounding it. The gray furniture and lamp shade serve as a foundation for a neutral color scheme.
Puffy clouds make everyone happy. This white nursery is fresh and bright, with a patterned rug, traditional lamp, wicker basket, and fun bear rocker.
22. Hot Air Balloons
Hot-air balloons lend a sense of freedom, lightness, and exploration to a baby nursery. This gender-neutral nursery featured on The Spruce is light and airy, with modern lines and small subtle hot air balloons floating over the crib.
Llamas are all the rage with kids these days. This beautiful nursery from @teenymo features different shades of green, a popular color for a baby boy’s room. It incorporates dramatic wall art, a sweet and soft light fixture, floral drapery, and storage bins made from natural materials.
In this adorable baby boy’s nursery, dinosaur footprints decorate the walls and details like a T-Rex themed name sign hit this room out of the (Jurassic) park. The clean lines, neutral colors, white crib, and geometric designs on the crib sheet give this room a modern design. We also love the wooden hanger for clothing, blankets and decor.
25. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
This gender neutral room from @shapeside shines bright among nurseries. The gray green walls are a soothing backdrop for the yellow stars that are aplenty and vary in size, adding interest to the room. A soft cream blanket, wicker basket, and plenty of sunlight create coziness.
26. Koala Bears
In this beautiful nursery by @wondermade_fabric_wall_decals, adorable koala bear prints, two-toned walls, and eucalyptus wallpaper come together to create a warm and cozy space. Add in your favorite books and accessories for a personal touch.
You can do this with any of your favorite animals!
27. Vintage Bus
The orange and brown color palette of this gender-neutral nursery by @mrskristalkeegan is warm and inviting. The hand woven changing basket is by @kids_tribe. Adding anything hand woven to a nursery is easy way to add texture and interest, and is especially powerful in a neutral space.
Somewhere over the rainbow… is a funky, modern nursery that’s perfect for a baby boy. Fun neutral-colored accessories, a moon and stars wall decal, crisp white furniture, and twinkling lights complete this adorable space.
This vintage room from @Candlewoodcottage truly hearkens back to another era with a weathered American flag, hodge podge thrift finds, old-fashioned chalkboard, and vintage rug. Although the designers have used pieces from separate origins and decades, the overall look is cohesive.
“Home, home in the range…” This buffalo-themed nursery from @laurencarf doesn’t overdo it. Just a dark blue wall, wooden crib, large plant, simple rocking chair, and buffalo portrait. The traditional rug brings the whole room together.
31. Black & White Nursery
This simple but powerful nursery from @apriltomlininteriors features white wall paint, a black crib, a statement light fixture, and plenty of black and white accessories. The end result is a gender-neutral nursery that is the perfect place to snuggle up together for years to come.
32. Surfing Vibes
Is your baby boy a future surfer? This surf-themed nursery from @kelsikelley1 makes waves with its busy blue wallpaper, neutral furniture, coastal accessories, and balance board rocker from @finnandemma. The custom wooden surfboard with the baby’s name on it is a spectacular focal point. Her son’s room achieves a nautical theme in a subtle and new way.
33. Music Theme
If you’re a music lover, here’s your change to pass that on to your son right off the bat. In this gender-neutral space designed by @jensane, the designer framed their favorite album poster and put lyrics they love on a letterboard. Both of these items are part of a gallery wall that lends interest and customization to the space. The forest green dresser anchors the room.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this curated list of our favorite baby boy nursery ideas. We spent hours scouring interior design blogs and social media accounts to best represent the hottest trends as well as themes that will stand the test of time.
No matter what your budget is, you can create a special space for your new little one. After all, the perfect baby boy nursery is one that’s filled with love and tenderness.
As you await your baby’s arrival, our sincere wish for you is that you are able to create a sweet and meaningful space that will serve as the backdrop for beautiful memories with your new baby boy. Congratulations!