Struggling to find the perfect paint color for your baby boy’s nursery? You’re not alone! It sometimes feels like there are so many more color options for girls. And while there is nothing wrong with a traditional baby blue, many parents of boys long for something fresh and unique, something that will stand the test of time as their son matures. Whether you are searching for the perfect neutral or hoping for something with a bit more “zing,” it helps to look at color inspiration lists.
Here are our picks for the best nursery room colors for a baby boy.
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Love a dramatic color but worried about overpowering your little one’s space?
Even in a darker shade, green is actually pretty neutral, especially when subdued with subtle gray tones. Rich and moody, Cushing Green by Benjamin Moore boasts a deep hunter green base tempered with soothing blue-gray undertones, making it the perfect shade for a nursery. Pair with clean white trim and natural textures for a wholesome, organic look.
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Bold, and yet surprisingly neutral, navy never fails to make a statement. Still, finding just the right shade can be a challenge.
Cosmic Sapphire is a weighty, color-saturated hue that won’t disappoint. Its deep blues and subtle violet undertones add a touch of sophistication to the traditional blue nursery palette, ensuring a space your kiddo will love for many years to come.
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Looking for a swoon-worthy gray? Thanks to a healthy dose of cool blue undertones, Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams has all the drama charcoal paint deserves without any of the gloomy side effects.
This versatile shade looks sharp as an accent against white, light gray, or even icy blue hues. It also pairs nicely with bright, energetic citrus tones, like yellow or even orange.
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Longing for a fresh color that’s a tad surprising? Teal is an excellent choice for a baby boy! Try a rich medium tone, like Teal Zeal by Behr. It’s a bold shade with a subtle hint of gray, which calms and cools the color. Pair with gray, white or navy accents for a look that’s all boy.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Craving a warm nursery neutral that’s oh-so-sweet? Tickle your taste buds with Behr’s Chic Taupe.
This smooth, chocolate milk-inspired color looks perfectly delicious with creamy white accents and candy-colored shades of pastel blue and green. Best of all, it can be easily updated with more sophisticated accents, like red or navy, as your son grows.
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Best Nearly-Greige Gray: Sherwin-Williams Repose Grey SW7015
In search of the perfect shade of gray? Whether your nursery is bright and airy or a little on the darker side, you can’t go wrong with Sherwin-Williams’ Repose Grey.
Not quite brown enough to be considered “greige,” this light gray shade boasts very subtle brown and purple undertones—just enough to add a little warmth and prevent washout in overly bright spaces. That said, this no-fail gray is also light and bright enough to work in smaller, darker spaces, making it one of the most versatile shades out there.
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Best Pastel Green: Benjamin Moore Lime Sorbet 2032-70
Lime Sorbet by Benjamin Moore has the perfect blend of blue and yellow tones, resulting in a fresh and inviting green that’s somewhat minty but not overly girly. Pair with a rich navy or a gray accent hue for a healthy dose of boyish charm.
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A striking, medium blue-gray, Blue Marlin has a cooling, calming effect, especially when set against light greys and clean white accents. Prefer a vintage industrial look for your little man’s space? Pair this almost metallic shade with rustic, medium-tone woods and metal accents to achieve that Restoration Hardware-inspired look.