The 8 Best Colors for a Calming Boy's Nursery

Create a nurturing oasis for your baby boy with these cool paint colors

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While traditional baby blue paint color for boy nursery walls remains a strong contender when decorating for a baby's room, why not look for a fresh color for your little guy's new space? Whether you are searching for the perfect neutral or hoping to create a nursery with a color that's a bit more modern, it helps to look at inspirational colors.


  • Color Family: Mostly darker neutrals
  • Complementary Colors: Consider the undertone of the neutral for complementary colors
  • Pairs Well With: White trims, metallic and gray accents
  • Mood: Cool and calming
  • Where to Use: Walls, accent walls

Here are eight tranquil, refreshing, and nurturing nursery room colors for your baby boy.

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    Benjamin Moore Cushing Green

    Benjamin Moore paint swatch in Cushing Green

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    This mossy green color, Cushing Green (HC-125) by Benjamin Moore, is considered a neutral, but one that adds a subtle bit of drama to a nursery. Use it with subtle gray tones for a calming effect. Its deep hunter green base is tempered with soothing blue-gray undertones. Pair this green with crisp white trim and natural textures for a clean, wholesome, and organic look.

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    The Spruce Best Home Cosmic Sapphire

    The Spruce Paint swatch in Cosmic Sapphire

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    Bold, and yet surprisingly neutral navy blue never fails to make a statement. Still, finding just the right navy shade for a nursery can be a challenge.

    Cosmic Sapphire ( SPR-18) by The Spruce Best Home is a weighty, color-saturated hue. Its deep blues and subtle violet undertones add a touch of modern sophistication to the traditional blue nursery palette. The color is also an ideal tone that will easily mature with your baby boy into the teen years.

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    Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn

    Peppercorn paint swatch by Sherwin-Williams

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    Looking for a nursery-worthy gray? Thanks to a healthy dose of cool blue undertones, Peppercorn (SW 7674) by Sherwin Williams is a charcoal paint color that's versatile and looks sharp against white, light gray, and icy blue hues. It also pairs nicely with bright and lively contemporary citrus tones, like yellow or orange, for a burst of energy.

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    Behr Teal Zeal

    Behr Teal Zeal paint swatch

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    A fresh teal is an excellent choice for a baby boy's nursery because of its mix of calming green and blue undertones. This rich medium tone, Teal Zeal (500D-5) by Behr, is bold but also includes a subtle hint of gray to further cool the color. Pair it with gray, white, or navy accents for an all-boy look.


    Teal is surprisingly versatile. It's also one of the most popular colors to paint a gender-neutral nursery, just in case you aren't sure if you're having a boy, girl, or both. For a feminine touch to a teal room, by the way, add in some coral or pinks, which are the hue's complementary colors.

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    Behr Chic Taupe

    Behr Chic Taupe paint swatch

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    If you're craving a warm and sweet nursery neutral, try Behr’s Chic Taupe (N230-4). 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 baby boy grows older.

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    Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray

    Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray paint swatch

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    Whether your nursery is bright and airy or a little on the darker side, you can’t go wrong with a versatile, almost-greige color like Sherwin-Williams’ Repose Gray (SW 7015). It's not quite brown enough to be considered greige, but this light gray shade includes subtle touches of brown and purple undertones that are just enough to add a little warmth to a bright or dark space.

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    Benjamin Moore Lime Sorbet

    Benjamin Moore Lime Sorbet paint swatch

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    Lime Sorbet (2032-70) by Benjamin Moore has the perfect blend of blue and yellow tones. The combination results in a fresh and inviting green that’s somewhat minty but not overly pastel. Pair the color with a rich navy or a gray accent hue for a healthy dose of boyish charm.

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    The Spruce Best Home Paint Blue Marlin

    The Spruce Paint Blue Marlin swatch

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    A striking, medium blue-gray, The Spruce Best Home's Blue Marlin (SPR-16) has a cooling, calming effect. Set the color against light greys and clean white accents for a softly hushed nursery. If you like the vintage industrial chic style for a boy's nursery, pair the color with rustic, medium-tone woods and metal accents. It's a color combination that will also mature along with your little boy.

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