45+ Cute Summer Nails Designs and Nail Ideas to Brighten Up Any Look

Check out these eye-catching summer nail designs that are trending right now.

Summer nail designs are all about grabbing attention and spreading joy. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, from bold hues to intricate designs. Whether you prefer a single color or a mix of vibrant shades, there’s something for everyone during the sunny months.

When choosing your summer nail look, think beyond the usual colors like turquoise, yellow, and pink. This year, pastel shades are in, adding a fresh twist to the traditional summer palette. From soft baby blue to cool mint green, there’s a pastel shade to suit every style.

To help you find the perfect summer nails, we’ve scoured Instagram for the hottest trends. And if you’re still in spring mode, don’t worry—we’ve got some spring nail ideas for you too.

Rainbow French 


Red Leafy


French Tips – Promo


Cute Summer


Love Yourself


Western Flare



Hot pink summer nails

@imarninails / Instagram

Neon Mismatch Nails

Neon mismatched summer nail art


Summer Frenchies

Sunset-colored French manicure

@heluviee / Instagram

Bright Stars 


Mixed Checkerboards 


Colorful Croc-Inspired

Colorful croc-inspired summer nails


Shimmering Swirls 


Rainbow Mani 


Psychedelic Tie-Dye

close up of orange, blue, and green tie dye nail art

@lolo.nailedit / Instagram

Scooby Doo Vibes

Scooby Doo-inspired summer nail art design


Mixed Mani 


Spritz-Inspired French Tips

Spritz-inspired French tips


Candy Confection

Colorful swirl summer nails

@saruhnails / Instagram

Peach Emoji

Negative space peach design nails


Ombré Flame Nails

Ombre flame summer nail art designs


Metallic Butterfly Nails

Metallic butterfly summer nail art designs


Pastel Gradient

woman's hand with different pastel shade on each nail

@lolo.nailedit / Instagram

Pastel Ombré Dewdrop Nails

Pastel ombre dewdrop nails


Matte Neon Squiggles

Blurred nude nails with matte neon orange squiggles


Squiggle French Tips

Squiggle French tips


Neon Aura Nails

Neon aura summer nails


Dreamy Clouds

close up of woman's hand with bright blue cloud nail art

@melanated.mani / Instagram

Pretty Little Cherries

French acrylic manicure with cherry designs


Bright Summer

funky hot pink orange and purple bright summer nails with a curvy swirl design
funky + bright nail ideas: Peachi Nails

Miami Pink Plants

Neon pink nails with plant designs


Ombré Airbrush Nails

Pointy ombre airbrush nails


Peach Ombré Nails

Peach ombre summer nails


Purple Gradient

ombre lavender purple summer nails

photo: Essie

White Croc

White croc summer nail design


Wavy Baby

Colorful wavy French tip nails


Reverse Ombré Mermaid Nails

Reverse Ombre Mermaid Nails


Neon Tips

French manicure with multicolored neon tips


Lovely in Lime

Negative space nails with lime green diagonal tip and horizontal base stripe


’80s Squiggles

Manicure with purple, white, and blue abstract design


Negative-Space Rainbow Nails

Negative space rainbow summer nail design


Sunset Tips

Neon pink and orange oval manicure with negative space base


Gilded Ocean

Cobalt blue manicure with white stripe accents and gold foil detail


Green and Eggs (No Ham)

Fried eggs and matte green summer nails

@imarninails / Instagram

Colorful Minimalist

Colorful negative space summer nails

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