35 Inspiring Summer Nails

By Janice Wasem / Updated on July 29, 2019
Summer-inspired nail designs with motives for all things summer – tropical beaches, palm trees, flowers and so on. These nail art ideas will surely inspire you.

There is so much to love about the summertime; the hot, sunny weather and tropical beach vacations may have you dreaming of the season year-round.

There’s nothing wrong with painting your nails to match, so if you’re a major fan of all things summer, try experimenting with some of these stunning summer inspired nail art designs!

Painted on a bright blue base, this tropical palm tree design just screams summertime at the beach!Photo: Instagram/@justagirlandhernails

Painted on a bright blue base, this tropical palm tree design just screams summertime at the beach!

Putting a spin on the typical palm tree design, this silhouette nail art perfectly complements its pink ombre background.Photo: Instagram/@nailstorming

Putting a spin on the typical palm tree design, this silhouette nail art perfectly complements its pink ombre background.

This adorable nail design proves that experimenting with different shades can result in a fabulous manicure!Photo: Instagram/@nailsbysarah1

This adorable nail design proves that experimenting with different shades can result in a fabulous manicure!

This bold summer design utilizes a mix of different textures and patterns, such as solids, striped, and even chunky glitter.Photo: Instagram/@elleandish

This bold summer design utilizes a mix of different textures and patterns, such as solids, striped, and even chunky glitter.

These detailed pineapple designs look gorgeous on top of a baby blue base coat; perfect for an elegant summer design.Photo: Instagram/@nailsby.hails

These detailed pineapple designs look gorgeous on top of a baby blue base coat; perfect for an elegant summer design.

This detailed, yet simple design proves you can’t go wrong with a fun mix of flamingos and pineapples!Photo: Instagram/@nails_2001

This detailed, yet simple design proves you can’t go wrong with a fun mix of flamingos and pineapples!

Using a mix of geometric and dotted details, this matte manicure will have you ready for a relaxing beach vacation.Photo: Instagram/@elleandish

Using a mix of geometric and dotted details, this matte manicure will have you ready for a relaxing beach vacation.

Nude, simple, and gorgeous, this nail art adds just the right amount of detail on each accent nail with a white and gold sparkly pineapple.Photo: Instagram/@hilarydawnherrera

Nude, simple, and gorgeous, this nail art adds just the right amount of detail on each accent nail with a white and gold sparkly pineapple.

This design utilizes bold and bright summer colors, the perfect combination for a fun, unique manicure.Photo: Instagram/@nailsbymztina

This design utilizes bold and bright summer colors, the perfect combination for a fun, unique manicure.

Pretty in pink and silver, this design can be achieved with a little bit of striping tape and nail gems, resulting in a cute summer look.Photo: Instagram/@selenadee_nails

Pretty in pink and silver, this design can be achieved with a little bit of striping tape and nail gems, resulting in a cute summer look.

Nothing says summer like a tropical lemon wedge design! This detailed masterpiece is painted over a bright pink base and sealed with a shiny top coat.Photo: Instagram/@gabbysnailart

Nothing says summer like a tropical lemon wedge design! This detailed masterpiece is painted over a bright pink base and sealed with a shiny top coat.

This dreamy ombre and glitter design uses accents of mermaid inspired details while keeping it simple and fun.Photo: Instagram/@nailstorming

This dreamy ombre and glitter design uses accents of mermaid inspired details while keeping it simple and fun.

This minimalist flamingo design looks fabulous over a baby blue base, bringing ease and simplicity to the idea of summertime.Photo: Instagram/@nailsbycambria

This minimalist flamingo design looks fabulous over a baby blue base, bringing ease and simplicity to the idea of summertime.

Accenting an adorable soft yellow shade, this detailed flower is painted on a clean nail and perfectly brings together the entire summer look.Photo: Instagram/@ania_palagina

Accenting an adorable soft yellow shade, this detailed flower is painted on a clean nail and perfectly brings together the entire summer look.

This manicure mixes glossy and glitter textures, resembling the warm, tropical sandy beaches we visit during summer.Photo: Instagram/@nina_tropina

This manicure mixes glossy and glitter textures, resembling the warm, tropical sandy beaches we visit during summer.

This baby blue and gold look is a fun design to try out, as its heart accent really makes manicure pop!Photo: Instagram/@nailsbycambria

This baby blue and gold look is a fun design to try out, as its heart accent really makes manicure pop!

Utilizing a nude pink base, this simple, yet elegant nail art can be appropriate for all types of occasions during summertime.Photo: Instagram/@kira_sweet_nails

Utilizing a nude pink base, this simple, yet elegant nail art can be appropriate for all types of occasions during summertime.

It’s important to have some fun when painting your nails, which is exactly what this baby yellow and chunky jewel manicure promotes!Photo: Instagram/@nogtiinminsk

It’s important to have some fun when painting your nails, which is exactly what this baby yellow and chunky jewel manicure promotes!

This design doesn’t need any intricate details, as its bright ombre effect gorgeously complements the idea of summer.Photo: Instagram/@hoffnails

This design doesn’t need any intricate details, as its bright ombre effect gorgeously complements the idea of summer.

While you may be used to wearing brighter colors for summer, don’t be afraid to utilize some black; it can really add some sleek style to the finished look.Photo: Instagram/@nailsbycambria

While you may be used to wearing brighter colors for summer, don’t be afraid to utilize some black; it can really add some sleek style to the finished look.

This unique nail design practically screams tropical with its bright yellow and turquoise base.Photo: Instagram/@ksnail_nails

This unique nail design practically screams tropical with its bright yellow and turquoise base.

Paired with an elegant French manicure, this big strawberry inspired design is a simple, yet delicious look!Photo: Instagram/@nails_irinamarten

Paired with an elegant French manicure, this big strawberry inspired design is a simple, yet delicious look!

This double shade ombre nail art is simple to achieve, yet looks as though hours were spent during the creation process!Photo: Instagram/@housewifenails

This double shade ombre nail art is simple to achieve, yet looks as though hours were spent during the creation process!

Another strawberry manicure, each nail here is fully decorated with sweet, yummy fruits!Photo: Instagram/@la_manisera

Another strawberry manicure, each nail here is fully decorated with sweet, yummy fruits!

Painted over a clear nail, these pastel flowers make for an adorable manicure, perfect for any season of the year.Photo: Instagram/@so_nailicious

Painted over a clear nail, these pastel flowers make for an adorable manicure, perfect for any season of the year.

Utilizing bright summer colors, this ombre design comes together with a matte top coat, resembling a striking sunset on the beach.Photo: Instagram/@nailsbyjema

Utilizing bright summer colors, this ombre design comes together with a matte top coat, resembling a striking sunset on the beach.

Appropriate for all seasons, this manicure works with different details and patterns; its bold, yet simple, making for a gorgeous design.Photo: Instagram/@nails.by.teens

Appropriate for all seasons, this manicure works with different details and patterns; its bold, yet simple, making for a gorgeous design.

This unique white flower design is painted over a mix of blues and yellows, which brings out a retro type of summer look.Photo: byrdie.com

This unique white flower design is painted over a mix of blues and yellows, which brings out a retro type of summer look.

This beautiful flower design is painted over an ombre mix of green and blue, bringing out a fresh field or garden during the summertime.Photo: Instagram/@nailsbycambria

This beautiful flower design is painted over an ombre mix of green and blue, bringing out a fresh field or garden during the summertime.

A more detailed nail art design, these stunning roses use different shades and colors with a small nail detail brush; it works perfectly over a cute mint green base.Photo: Instagram/@newlypolished

A more detailed nail art design, these stunning roses use different shades and colors with a small nail detail brush; it works perfectly over a cute mint green base.

This elegant French manicure is accented with a geometric-inspired design; the simplicity and nude shade works well for any season of the year.Photo: Instagram/@lucinhabarteli

This elegant French manicure is accented with a geometric-inspired design; the simplicity and nude shade works well for any season of the year.

Painted over a baby pink base, these nice flowers make for a beautiful, adorable summer design.Photo: Instagram/@sharingvu

Painted over a baby pink base, these nice flowers make for a beautiful, adorable summer design.

This manicure brings out the fun parts of summer, as it works with a bold mix of different colors and designs that result in a strikingly beautiful finish.Photo: Instagram/@vics_nails

This manicure brings out the fun parts of summer, as it works with a bold mix of different colors and designs that result in a strikingly beautiful finish.

Perfect for the 4th of July, this red, white, and blue design is a beautifully detailed work of art!Photo: Instagram/@nailsbyjema

Perfect for the 4th of July, this red, white, and blue design is a beautifully detailed work of art!

This matte manicure contains a mixture of pinks, blacks, and gorgeous leopard print details; the black and white chevron pattern tops off a stunning look.Photo: Instagram/@melcisme

This matte manicure contains a mixture of pinks, blacks, and gorgeous leopard print details; the black and white chevron pattern tops off a stunning look.


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