17 minimalistic nail designs that will inspire you to get your nails did this weekend

My nails are always done. If you see me with barren nails, then you KNOW something is wrong. I love accent nails, reverse French manicures, glitter, half-moons, negative space — give me ALL THE NAIL DESIGNS.

But sometimes I walk into a nail salon and totally blank when the technician hands me the ring of gel color options. Do I go with gold glitter French tips? Do I experiment with a chevron design? THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS. If you’re like me and need some nail inspo, stat, here are some options that are creative but not crazy over-the-top.

Triangle moons

Subtle dots


One chevron, one ombré

Slanted French mani

Mod nails 

Black, deep French

White polka-dots

Geometric nails 

Color vs. negative space

Neutral half moons

Negative space and black streak (donut optional)


Glitter accent nail

Off-to-the-side stripe

Gray with a white border

Alternating stripes