For spring and summer nail colors, our brains go right to pastels and bold brights—rightly so, as those are warm-weather classics. For winter, we have a different color scheme in mind as it's a little less traditional and a bit more opulent for the season. We're painting our nails a rich and luxurious combination of black and gold. It's a classically chic look that we've been seeing all over Instagram and at the salon. Think of it as a much-needed change as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach.
Take a scroll through some fantastic designs, each one different from the last, as we've curated a collection that ranges from ornate and complex to simple and minimalist. There's truly something for everyone. Find our favorite picks below.
Abstract with Gold Studs
Delicate black wire nails paired with a single studded gold accent nail are perfect for people who crave something unexpected and unique.
All you need for this look is a star accent. And a gorgeous black French tip, of course.
Shiny but Distressed
These fiery gold digits have the appearance of being slightly distressed—as if the polish has peeled back to show vibrant gold beneath.
Black and Glitter Splatter
We love color-blocking with splats of shiny black and sparkly gold—it makes for an architectural and modern look. Try using a polish like Ella + Mila Elite Collection in Drippin' Gold ($11).
This minimalist design is chic and easy to replicate. Go for a bold black base like Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Black Out ($3) then add a small cube at the top of each nail.
Matte and Gold Flakes
For a fun play on texture, this elegant matte base looks sleek against contrasting gold flakes. Alternating nails offer an impact via a glossy shine, which contrasts well with the matte.
Black tips add an edge to your standard French mani. Coupled with gold curves across each nail, this surely isn't your typical fare.
By now you should know two things. We love minimal designs and an innovative twist. This mani is divine with a solid black base and a shower of gold, zodiac-patterned dots to enhance. As a bonus, even short nails can rock this inspiring look.
We can't help but refer to these nails as "tuxedo nails" thanks to the contrasting shapes and polished finish.
These disco-esque nails were created using a gold OPI polish called Mirror Escape ($10), from the brand's Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. Perfect for a Saturday night out, they give us Jerry Hall circa 1978 vibes.
Certainly glamorous, these charcoal tips get an upgrade with gold stripes at varying angles. We'll wear this elegant design on any occasion.
Yet another delicately accessorized nail design from one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @nail_unistella.
It's all in the details: gold nail jewels, gold chevron, and a rose gold accent nail.
Keep it simple and go for all black with a minimal accent nail for a striking effect.
A little cheeky, these silhouettes incorporate gold stars for a pointed censor.
We can't decide if these nails remind us of Mickey Mouse or some dystopian novel we read? Either way, we love the graphic design.
Spray of Dots
Pair black polish with a spray of miniature dots on the tip, for a super-extravagant manicure.
Step outside the box with this creative black and gold freestyle design. Add a contrasting nail by accessorizing with gold wire.
This one's good for anyone with super-short nails. Break up a plain black base with a vertical gold stripe, adding a dash of elegance and lengthening the appearance of the nail.
A Twist on Plaid Perfection
This one is for anyone who doesn't love bold black nails. Do as @oliveandjune did and flip the script by wearing a white base. Then, accent it with linear black patterning and gold detailing.
Black and Gold Cuticle
This inverted French manicure incorporates a black and gold pattern modeled after fabulous Chanel earrings. It's minimalistic and elegant.
Tiny Leopard Print
Fierce golden leopard print lines the edges of this delicate design. Add golden accessories on an accent nail for variation.
Add a fun twist to your mani with a dipped gold glitter finish.
Simple accent details (checkerboards, a smiley face) give this shiny base a golden touch.
Sensing a theme? Outline a few stick-on gold stars for an out-of-this-world manicure.
Incorporate white and nude polish into the mix, adding back and gold accents for a standout manicure.
Half Moon and Gold Accents
This half-moon design gets an upgrade with a quick horizontal golden line dashed across the center, incorporating two minimalistic looks into one.
The clear base offers a stark contrast to the overlapping black and gold chevron tips, essentially creating a tiny piece of art on each nail.
Positively art-deco, this manicure is easy to recreate. Try using a detailing brush to paint the stripes for a vintage design that's party-ready.
Gold Glitter Stripe
Manicures like this one look simple, but it takes a steady hand to paint such gold glitter within the black lines.
Sliver of Color
This stunning, oval-shaped design offers just a sliver of black and a hint of gold, for a subtle look.
Gold Foil Outline
This design sees varying strips of black polish and gold foil accents, with unique designs on each nail.
Each nail features a different design here, making this a rather painstaking (but well worth the effort) look. To replicate it at home, try using a mix of press-on stickers (we like this pearl version, $7) and ombré polish.
On pointed nails, glitter looks a bit more sophisticated. Here, the glitter is adhered to each nail differently, with one covered nearly entirely in the product.
One fun way to inject a pattern onto your nails is to just add it to one nail—here, for instance, the alternating matte and glossy-black nails are the focus, with sparkly gold detail just on a few of the nails. Though the nails are all different, the overall effect is cohesive.
Matte Black With Gleaming Gold
This design is all about the juxtaposition of matte black with gleaming gold. The two gold nails on each hand feature stripes, dots, and a foil-like texture.
Floating Gold Flakes
A black base is just the thing to show off flecks of gold that appear to be floating on the nail.
Sun and Planets
Fans of astronomy will appreciate this design, which pairs a black background with gold polish detailing stars and planets.
Ombré With Dot
The bed of the nail here is bold, thanks to a large gold dot. But the tip moves into an ombré design.
This high-gloss design pairs black nails with gold nails and adds one nail per hand that's a mix of both colors.
Arguably the most romantic look on the list, black here exudes romance, thanks to a detailed floral pattern that snakes over the nail.
Mickey and Minnie
The classic Disney characters get all glammed up in black and gold.
Pointed With Thumb Detail
Here, the nails are all plain black with pointed tips. The thumb nail, however, is more spruced up, thanks to gold glitter in a floral motif.
This abstract design sees swirls of gold polish over top glossy black. The effect is an interesting take on the marbled design.
Leopard, Black, and Contrast
Another leopard design, this set uses the dramatic pattern on just two nails (on the ring finger), using the other nails to showcase black or contrasting black and beige designs.
Subtle Gold Foil
Here, a pointy and slightly rounded set of nails gets the foil treatment. For this look, apply gold foil to various places on jet black nails (try not to mimic the same design on every nail).
This graduation set offers plenty in the celebration department (wide swaths of glitter, a little gold for glam), but also some fun, geometric designs in jet black.
This marbled swirl design has a beige background, with subtle swirls in gold and black. You can mimic the look by using a toothpick or similarly thin brush to create the swirls.
Matte With Sparkly Detail
All black nails provide the perfect backdrop (and contrast) to a single, star-studded accent nail on the ring finger.
Think of this as an evening-appropriate take on the trend: sparkles, crystals, and other elegant accessories make each nail a work of art on its own.