Decorating a nursery is a treasured part of becoming a new parent, but there comes a time (all too quickly, if you ask us) when you realize that your little boy has outgrown his nursery and is ready for a big kid's room. Ahead, we're sharing eight of the best boys' bedroom ideas that go beyond your typical baby blue walls. Trust us when we tell you that you won't be mourning the loss of your nursery for long once you see the possibilities that lie ahead.

1. Add character with shiplap.

white shiplap walls in neutral boys bedroom idea with matching twin beds
credit: Studio McGee

Shiplap walls immediately add character to an otherwise plain room, making it an ideal choice to achieve an interesting but relaxed look. Recreate this minimal boys' bedroom idea by Shea from Studio McGee by painting the shiplap walls a crisp, airy white so the space feels more modern than rustic.

2. Feature a gallery wall above the bed.

If you ask us, a good gallery wall never goes out of style, and it's the perfect way to add personality to a boys bedroom. Here, Erin from Sunny Circle Studio uses neutral art with a bold pop of red to add a jolt of energy to this little one's refuge.

3. Embrace a subtle beach vibe.

coastal boys bedroom idea with woven baskets and jute rug
credit: Pure Joy Home

A beach-themed room often elicits visions of seashell wallpaper and over-the-top coastal decor, but Liz from Pure Joy Home proves the cliché all wrong with the help of this boy's bedroom idea. Follow suit in your kiddo's space with pale blue-gray walls, simple stripes, plenty of woven textures, and rustic woods, for a subtle seaside vibe.

4. Create a playful reading nook.

Jessica from Biggest Little Dreamer created a reading nook so cozy we wish we could curl up in it ourselves. Make a playful and imaginative book corner in your little one's bedroom by defining the space with a bold wallpaper print.

5. Make a statement with a sputnik chandelier.

I know, a boys' bedroom isn't exactly the first place you'd consider hanging a midcentury modern ceiling light, but we bet you'll reconsider after seeing this space designed by Chelsey of Freng Party of 5. A sputnik-style chandelier adds a grown-up yet playful edge to this design thanks to its quirky shape — the perfect match for a big kids' room.

6. Add coziness with a woodland theme.

woodland theme boys bedroom idea with stuffed animal wall heads
credit: Merricks Art

Lately, woodland themes have become quite popular when it comes to kids' bedroom ideas, and for good reason. The warm, earthy colors add the perfect dose of cozy while still feeling fun and cheerful. Take a page out of Merrick's book by featuring a wall of stuffed animal heads mounted to the wall above the bed for a fun departure from your typical art prints.

7. Go bold with yellow.

Leoma from Style the Clutter seamlessly infuses bold color in her son's bedroom with a yellow bed frame to coordinate with a painted door. To recreate this boys' bedroom idea, add blue walls with hints of green, and bright white bedding for balance.

8.  Be playful with a Jurassic theme.

Kate Fischer proves that a dinosaur-themed room is anything but dated with this creative and playful boys' bedroom idea. A trendy blue wall color, woven poufs, and neutral rug keep the space feeling current and elevated, while still being fit for fun and play.

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.