Navy and Grey Nursery Inspiration

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing my ideas and inspiration for little man’s nursery. I’m really excited to finally get going on the decorating part of the nursery. Michael and I want to keep it simple and not too theme-y, especially since we plan on moving within a year or so. But if we were to have any theme or direction it would be to include a few nautical accents. We chose nautical because it has meaning for both of us: he grew up on a lake and likes to fish and I grew up swimming and love the water, and I’m a DG (our symbol is the anchor). Plus, it encompasses our love of exploring and traveling. I’m thinking more rustic fisherman type of nautical and not as much cutesy wales nautical (even though that stuff is fun too).


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Nautical pieces I’d like to incorporate:

  • Porthole mirror (babies like to look at themselves, yes?) for over the changing table
  • Map or globe (with “Adventure Awaits” printed on it) for above the crib
  • Oar with pegs to hang clothes/jackets from
  • Zinc initial or letters
  • In general: bold stripes, anchors, zinc/galvanized steel pieces, reclaimed wood

I don’t want to go overboard with too much nautical stuff (no pun intended there), but just a few accent pieces. I like that some of these things can grow with him and we could use in a big boy room, but I still want it to have some baby cuteness to it. I’m thinking of incorporating some cute stuffed animals to soften it up a bit. Any other ideas?

 Some of my inspiration images: 

I love the weathered look of some of the items in this room (not a huge fan of the whale print).

This is Giuliana and Bill’s nursery for baby Duke. If it’s good enough for G, I think I’m on the right track. I like the rustic/natural look and the porthole mirror, although the room feels too dark for me.

Love the map feature wall behind the crib in this one. I would want to do something on a smaller scale though.

Love this oar/paddle idea. I like that the hooks make it functional too.

I love the idea of incorporating the letters of the alphabet into the decor and love the colors and patterns used here! We don’t have enough room for this, but I’d like to do something like this idea.

Love the bold rug in this room and that it’s not quite as dark as the other ones. The wall color here looks similar to what’s in our room too.

What do you think? What are your favorite boy nursery ideas? I’ve also thought about completely changing my mind and doing something totally babyish and cute.

  • Bridgett

    All those rooms are super cute! Good luck deciding.

  • Absolutely adore your colors for the nursery inspiration and yes I loved little Dukes room – it was so perfect!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • This is adorable! And, I love that the nautical theme has some sentimental value to both you and your hubby.

  • Aww the sentimental meaning behind your theme is so sweet. Love all of these ideas too and the color combination. I’m sure that when you are finished with the room it will look great! :-)

    I hope that you’re having a great day so far lady and that you’re feeling good today too!! XOXO

  • LOVE your inspiration photos! I love nurseries, we aren’t ready to have kids yet but I still have a whole secret Pinterest board for decorating one, ha! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  • So adorable, I can’t wait to see what you create!

  • i absolutely LOVE navy, and anything with grey is a winner in my book. i really like the porthole mirror!

  • Eeee! Adore this. We were definitely going to incorporate navy for a little boy. LOVE LOVE LOVE! xx

  • Girl…how are you ever going to decided? I love all the nautical stuff and think it’s definitely something he can grow with. If you do too much baby, you’ll be redoing his room in a few years. The paddle is a must! And I agree on the lighter colors on the wall and a darker rug to bring in some heavier colors. The weathered look reminds me of an old ship so I think it goes perfectly with the theme!

  • My favorite of all of that is the monogrammed crib, swoon! 😉 Cute ideas girl!!

  • Obsessed with all of this inspiration! I love that it’s pretty general for age too– definitely could grow with him :)

  • I just love all of your ideas! I can’t wait to see what you put together! And that adventure awaits print night make it’s way into Liam’s room! 😉

  • I loooove your ideas! the porthole mirror is so so fun.

    Personally, I love a nursery that is easily convertible to a “big kid” room. But, since you’ll be moving you don’t have that limitation! So you definitely could go all out baby/cutesy if you wanted to :)

  • I really like the chevonish rug and the whale tale hooks are awesome!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Julie Joy

    I absolutely love the nursery inspiration! The oar with the pegs on it is such a cute idea! :) Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  • I love the inspiration you have! I always liked the idea of a nautical nursery for a boy, but I never saw the above pictures. I like that it is so much more sophisticated. Adorable. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when you have it finished!

  • jillian

    cute inspiration photos! i love all the navy :) xo jillian