48 Nail art designs you’ll want to try straight away
Nail art has become a huge part of the manicure you get, and is the main thing we all focus on. Although there are so many amazing nail art designs, sometimes the simplest designs are what most people go for.
With more people doing their own nails at home, I thought why not put together a few simple nail art designs, so here are 48 nail art ideas you can do at home.
A key thing with nail art is the idea of being able to make it our own, finding a design you love and making it your own is what makes you enjoy your manicure more.
These designs are simple enough for you to be able to do at home but also easy enough for you to change and make your own, to create your perfect nail design.
1. Blue or Pink
The contrast of the pink and blue blends well, and the pastel shades make the colours match nicely. It’s a unique design as each nail is slightly different, and the mismatched design on each nail makes it look very chic and stylish. This is a perfect design for someone that wants to stand out and have a unique, one of a kind manicure.
2. Domino Effect
This monochromatic design is cool and edgy; there’s so much character to this nail design. Even though it’s a very abstract type of design, the black and white keep it looking classic and clean.
This type of design is great for someone who wants to have a statement manicure, which’s very eye-catching.
3. Rose Tint
This is a minimalistic design; the pink colour against the nude nail bed blends into each other, giving the illusion of a bare nail. The glitter adds a bit of sparkle to the manicure and makes the colour more noticeable.
This type of nail art is easy to do yourself as it doesn’t require much to make it look finished.
4. Pink Chevron
This is a great design as it has a lot going on, it looks very detailed, but it is a simple design. The main detail of the chevron and arrow design is unique, and the different colours make the design more attractive.
The glitter makes this manicure more suitable for special occasions, so you could do this design for every day or a specific event you may have.
5. Cow Print
This design is very classy and sophisticated. The glossy black nail polish keeps the design looking very clean and chic, and the cow print adds some fun into the manicure and keeps it on-trend. This design suits shorter nails as it adds a balance to the design.
6. Sunset Sky
This design is eye-catching; the bold colours and the striking design make it stand out even more. It’s such a simple, effortless design; the colours are so versatile as the bright, bold look is great for summer, but also the contrast of red and gold makes it perfect for the festive seasons.
This nail art design is unique; the white nail with black specs is quirky but chic. The rainbow design adds a pop of colour and a fun element to the design. This is such an easy design to do at home and perfect for someone that likes having eye-catching, statement nail designs.
8. Pink Rhinestones
This nail art design is a cute, girly look. The rhinestone detail makes it look luxurious, but then the light pink keep the manicure quite clean and doesn’t make it look over the top. Having this design on a short square shape makes them look classy and sophisticated.
9. Cosy Plaid
The check print is one of the latest trends, and this design is such an excellent way to jump on the in. The colours blended nicely together; the white makes the design pop and stands out a little more.
The glitter is a nice touch to make the design more stylish, making it more suitable for special occasions. The almond nail shape makes the whole manicure look very chic and elegant.
10. Purple Butterflies
Small details like the butterflies have been trendy for a while now, which is such a great design for you to try at home. It’s not too eye-catching but still looks very stylish.
Although someone would look at your manicure and think it’s a very detailed design, it’s something so simple that you can create yourself.
11. Mix & Match
This mixed manicure has such a good balance; although you have three very different designs, they all compliment each other well. The colour palette works well; the orange gives it a pop of colour.
The black and white keep the nail art designs looking quite muted. This design is great for an everyday autumn or winter manicure.
12. Purple Abstract
This nail art design is perfect for all year round, the purple shade is fun and summery, yet the abstract accent nail design makes the manicure look a lot warmer.
The glitter detail makes it suitable for a special occasion. This is perfect if you like to add your touch to a nail design, as the abstract design can be totally unique to you and your style.
13. Multi Cloud
Everyone loves a classic white tip manicure, but what everyone loves more is a classic white tip manicure with a twist, and this design is perfect for that.
The white tip design keeps your nails looking classy and clean, and then the different designs on each nail add a pop of colour to the manicure and a lot of character.
14. Glitter Flower
The pale pink manicure is girly and sophisticated; the glitter flower design is subtle but still adds a bold statement to the nails. This design suits a short set as it makes it look clean and smart while still being eye-catching.
15. Emerald Tips
We all love a classic nude manicure, but this design is unique and trendy. The green and gold contrast make the nails look luxurious and sophisticated. The tip design keeps them looking classy, but also, the green makes them look entirely different from the usual tip manicure.
16. Half & Half
A red and pink contrast is very bold and eye-catching, many people think that the colours are too similar and won’t work well together, but this is wrong. These two colours mix well, and the silver line detailing is a good way to break up the block colours to separate them more.
17. Lavender Strip
Light purple has become very popular over the last few seasons, and this is such a good way to add it to your nails. This is a very simple manicure, yet it looks very put together.
Going for a block colour nail design is the perfect way to have a pop of colour but still keep it very minimalistic. The purple glitter strip adds a touch of detail while still being able to keep it quite blended.
18. Black & White
This is a very minimalistic nail design, we all know you can never go wrong with a nude nail, but this design is a great way to make it more eye-catching. The monochromatic design is bold but still very chic and sophisticated. This is a perfect everyday business attire manicure.
19. Oval Cuticle
The gold cuticle is a nice detail that makes the whole manicure look more exciting and different. This style is slowly becoming the new trend, so if you are someone who likes to keep up with and have the latest trends, this design is perfect for you.
20. Blue Sky
This blue matte manicure is perfect for autumn winter times; it’s a very warm wintery colour. The split design with a nude colour adds a touch that makes the design look cool and unique.
The paint splatter detail makes the design look so much more detailed and intricate. It’s a simple yet effective design that would be perfect for so many occasions.
21. Yin & Yang
This is a classic design, everyone loves a nude nail, and the yin and yang symbol is an easy, chic monochromatic design. This is perfect for a simple nail design as it’s simple, but the black and white against the nude makes it stand out more.
22. Coloured Dots
This nail art design is so simple, the nude nail gives the illusion of a natural nail, and the small dot detailing adds character to the design. The dots are a tiny detail, but it makes the design fun and exciting.
23. Touch of Glitter
This is a classy and elegant design; the glitter ombre and white line design gives the manicure a stand out factor and makes it unique from a classic nude manicure. This is a great design for special occasions.
24. Pink Contrast
The contrast of the different shades is fun and exciting, the side half circle design is quirky and an easy design you can do at home. The almond shape of the nails suits this design as it fits with the half-circle theme; it makes the manicure look smoother.
25. Shades of Blue
The different shades of blue blend well, and it’s a seamless transition between the shades. The little heart detail makes the manicure look cute and girly, it’s such a small detail, but it makes the design look finished.
26. Character Design
The pink is a lovely pastel shade, it’s not too harsh or bright, and the contrast with the black design makes the manicure more eye-catching. The eyelash nail art design is fun and exciting, and it’s such a good way to add some character to your manicure.
27. Sewing Design
This is a quirky, cool design; the natural nail means that the bold black tip design stands out more. This is a great design for someone who wants statement manicures suitable for everyday business looks.
This design is so unique but so simple at the same time. The natural-looking nail is a good way to keep your nails looking clean-cut and classy.
The white box design with the silver glitter is very different; it adds a statement piece to your manicure. If you are someone that likes simple, chic designs, then this is perfect for you.
29. Pink Polka Dots
Having different shades of one colour is an on-trend design, which is a great way to do it. The different pinks against the white and black polka dot design is very eye-catching.
This is a great summer design, but what is great about it is, you can choose darker, more muted tones to make it more suitable for autumn and winter.
30. Golden Red
This design is very luxurious and elegant. The deep red with the contrast of the gold detailing makes the manicure look very expensive.
This gold cuticle design is becoming very popular, and it’s such a nice subtle way of adding detail to your nails. This is perfect for formal events; it’ll have everyone looking at your nails.
31. Simple Star
A star nail art design is an easy design for you to do at home; it’s a classic fun design that always looks good. The white starts against a nude nail is an easy way to make the nails look a little bit more sophisticated.
32. Ballerina Style
This manicure is a classic French tip with a twist; the black diagonal tip is such a trend right now, and it’s the perfect design. The diagonal tip style is fun and quirky, while the black and nude shade keeps your nails looking very sleek and smart.
If you like to have a classic manicure, then this design is perfect for you; the small detail of the double silver lines is very subtle but adds a little something to your nails.
It’s not a statement look, but sometimes all you want is for your nails to look classy and clean cut. This is a great everyday attire nail design.
34. White & Gold
This is a very classy manicure; the white nails always look clean and sleek. The gold foil detail on a nude nail is very chic; the gold detailing is intricate yet so simple. This nail art design would be perfect for special occasions.
35. Candy Floss
The almond shape suits the design as it makes the design look more classy. This nail art design is fun and girly; the swirl design is unique and quirky. This is perfect for someone who loves to have statement nails and loves nail designs different from others.
36. Black Outline
This is a very sophisticated and chic design; the line detailing is very simple yet so effective. The black line against the pale pink nail creates a harsh look, making it more of a statement look.
This design is perfect for an everyday business attire manicure, but it can be for formal events also.
37. Yellow Flowers
This is the perfect summer look that is easy enough to do at home. It’s a very bright, fun nail design; the white flower design adds a bit of contrast to the nails and makes it more of a statement manicure. This is a perfect design for someone that likes eye-catching, girly designs.
38. Lightning Bolt
This neutral tone is perfect for every skin tone, and every event, the shape of the nail is clean and sophisticated. The lightning bolt design adds a bit of fun to the design and draws attention to the manicure.
39. Black Square
A nude nail with a black square design is such a unique style. The glossy top coat makes the nails look more luxurious and stylish. The short square nail shape suits this type of design; it’s very classic and keeps your nails looking classy.
40. Black & White Swirls
This monochromatic abstract design is eye-catching; it the perfect way to make a statement classically. This is such an easy nail art design you can do at home as it doesn’t require a lot of detail, and also, this is a perfect design to have as an everyday style.
41. Black Heart
This natural nail design is perfect for someone that loves a nude nail with something a little extra. The black heart design is effortless but finishes the design; the gold outline on the heart adds that extra touch, giving it an expensive look.
42. Abstract Design
This abstract design mixes very simple details that blend well with each other and create a chic and unique design. The gold and white make the manicure look more luxurious; the short design makes it suitable for an everyday manicure, but also the detail and colours used means that it can also be ideal for special occasions.
43. White Box
Black nail designs are very sleek, and they always look very classy. The white box detail adds a statement to the nail design and makes it quite eye-catching.
This is a very cute wintery design; the silver and white mix of the snowflake design makes it more detailed and eye-catching. This nail art, on a short, clean-cut style manicure, makes it look stylish.
45. Between the Lines
This design is minimalistic; the line detail on a bare nail bed is very chic and simple. This is perfect for someone that likes to have a very natural look; it’s a very sophisticated and clean manicure.
46. Simple Heart
The heart detail is very simplistic, and against a place pink nail, this manicure has a very classic barely-there type look. This is great for everyday business attire nail design with a cute, girly touch to it.
47. Glitter Confetti
This classic manicure is very easy to do at home, and the added touch of the clustered glitter makes it more unique. It’s a very simple design, but the ombre glitter detail makes it more interesting.
If you like having simple, classic designs, then this is perfect for you; the glitter is the best way to make your manicure look a little bit different.
48. Mixed Leopard
The leopard print is really on-trend now, and this design is perfect for incorporating into your nail art. Having it as an accent nail design rather than over all your nails gives it a more subtle look and keeps the manicure looking very modest.
The colours used are very calm and classy and would be perfect for autumn and winter times. So if you like to keep up with trends but don’t like your nails to be too out there, then this is perfect for you.