Nursery Decorating Ideas: Baby Boy’s Modern, Bright and Colorful Nursery

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Amy’s nursery designing adventure started with a simple project and turned into a fabric-fueled extravaganza! Using gray walls as a foundation this room is a modern, bright and colorful creation.

Child’s Name: Graham

Child’s Age: 5 months

Location: Michigan

What was your inspiration for the room?

Though we knew we were expecting a boy, I wanted to create a nursery that wasn’t too boyish. I also wanted to avoid any theme (airplanes, elephants, etc.) because I didn’t want to be limited to one thing or color!  I love grey, so we chose a nice warm grey color for the walls and I just love the backdrop it makes for the other colors in the room. Another huge source of inspiration for the room came from fabrics that I either bought or designed myself on


Describe your decorating style.

I tend to favor modern clean lines and I love to have pops of color in each room. My process often starts with a photo or an object that I love and from there I’ll work to find pieces that coordinate. I rarely start with a grand plan–my room designs tend to evolve!

Favorite Items.

The mobile and the dog silhouette pillows are my favorites.


Try not to limit yourself to what’s available in stores! Your own imagination and creativity are a much better place to start and will make for a much more interesting space (not to mention more fun in the making of it!).

The best money-saving tip I can offer is to DIY whatever you can! This not only saves money but it really allows you to customize the nursery.

Give us all the details about your room! Don’t forget to share with us any money saving tips you might have learned along the way.

Paint: Wall color: Benjamin Moore EcoSpec Egg Shell in Gray Horse 2140-50; Trim: Benjamin Moore EcoSpec Semi-gloss in Pure White; Green book case: Rustoleum ultracover 2x in Gloss Meadow Green.

Crib: Amy Coe Westport Lifetime Crib, available at Babies R’ Us

Dresser/Changing Table: Ikea Malm 6-drawer dresser

Rocking Chair: Hand-me down reupholstered in vine fabric designed by Amy and printed at spoonflower

Window seat/bookcase: Ikea Expedit shelving unit

Window seat baskets: Ikea Pjas basket

Lamp: Ikea Hemma lamp base and yellow skirma shade

Ceiling fixture: Ikea Knappa pendant lamp

Rug: Ikea Havbro wool rug

Moose: Ikea Ekorre rocking moose

Round Bevel Mirror: Target

Wooden Tray with glass lining: Target

iPod docking station: memorex minimove

Ottoman: Made by Amy (using this tutorial) with Waverly cross section green fabric from JoAnn

Cornices: Upholstered in “dots and lines” fabric by dolphin and condor (printed at spoonflower)

Pillows: Made by Amy with weimaraner, labrador, chevron, kumquat, vine fabrics designed by her and printed at spoonflower

Crib skirt: Made using this diy and my own chevron fabric

Floral pillow: DwellStudio for Target

Rainy day mobile: DIY. Made from felt, polyfill, and a 12″ embroidery hoop

Bunting decals: DIY. Tutorial here.

Visit Amy’s flickr page for more nursery pictures and visit her blog to view more details about this nursery.


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. Just curious to find out how you feel about the height of your change table/dresser?
    I am considering ordering the same dresser, but am unsure as it seems like it might be too low? I keep going back and forth between the Malm 6 drawer and the Hemnes 8 drawer.
    Any suggestions/advice is greatly appreciated. :)

    • I think both the Malm and the Hemnes are great choices for a dresser/changing table. I’ve had the Malm as a changing table for over 2 years and I don’t have any complaints.
      I think you should take into consideration 2 factors before you make your decision.
      1- Your height. If you’re taller than 5’8, you might want to go with the Hemnes. You don’t want to be hunched down all the time.
      2- Your style. The Malm would go better in a modern nursery, while the Hemnes is perfect for a more elegant/traditional nursery.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Joy Byrum says:

    I love the yellow fabric covered, i think, window treatment. Was this a DIY or purchased?

  3. Kristin says:

    Hey! I love, love, love the rain mobile with clouds! So curious as to how you made it…? Do you have any more detailed instructions as how to make it or a link where i can find more detailed instructions…? Beautiful nursery! I am very inspired! Thanks for your help! :)

  4. Heather says:

    Do you have an instruction guide on how to make the mobile? I absolutely love it!!!

  5. what color is the paint on the walls? thanks!

  6. HI! Love your nursery!! I really want to make the pouf, do you remember how many yards of fabric you needed for the pouf? Thank you!!

  7. How are the circles around the mirror done? I love them!

  8. Nevermind… Found it on your blog, love everything!

  9. Hi,

    I love the wall hangings surrounding the mirror. Are you able to give some instructions as to how you made these?


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