We're getting close to the onset of spring (St. Patrick's Day just always feels like the unofficial inauguration), which means the season of showers and flowers. Cheerier weather is officially on its way, thus it's time to bring on the spring nail designs.
And while dreamy temperatures and skin-warming rays may still be lagging behind the spring equinox, we're ahead of the game where spring nail designs are concerned. So much so that we've already handpicked 30 stunning options we think you'll spring for. (So sorry—just had to.) Excited? Keep scrolling for the prettiest spring nail designs we've ever laid eyes on.
The most playful in the bunch, this ladybug-inspired manicure is at the top of our wishlist when it comes to inspiring spring nail designs.
We're still (very happily) riding the mermaid wave, and this tonal turquoise manicure—complete with scale-inspired foil pieces—couldn't have us more in the mood for a dip.
Between the classic almond shape and the bohemian, primary-hued florals, we're 100% smitten with this spring look.
Don't want an entire bouquet just above your cuticles? Try a springy yellow flower or two. Paired with a nude base, it's still playful enough to feel natural for spring.
This abstract design has us thinking we're at an actual art gallery. Plus, an orange and pink palette is totally spring-appropriate.
Maybe we're on a high from St. Patrick's Day, but we can't help but swoon at the enchanting look of rainbows and a subtle dusting of silver (not gold) to accent.
A fresh animal print like cow print is the perfect way to celebrate spring. For added impact, pair with matching accessories when you want to make a statement.
For the mani lovers who struggle to make a decision, this one's for you. Next time you can't choose between watermelon or lime, sample an accent nail of each.
There's something that feels so refreshingly spring about pairing a pure pop of lemon with a wash of powder blue. Plus, the geometric zigzag looks kind of like a lightning bolt. April showers, right?
You don't need a full wash of color to have an uplifting spring nail design. These pond blossoms, painted just at the tips like a modern French mani, are subtle but perfectly on-theme for any seasonal festivities.
Accent Glitter Nail
A true triple-threat, this mani has everything: including bubbles, pastels, and an alternating color scheme for even more intrigue.
If you're looking for a design that's a touch whimsical, these pastel dots fit the bill. They feel a bit like a sophisticated version of Easter eggs.
For a rosy disposition this season, we highly recommend not only wearing a rose quartz hue on your tips (perhaps to match your hair), but also adding an actual rose. An accent on just one finger is far from fussy.
Hear us out, all right? These bright colors may seem like a lot, but they actually look incredibly chic and subtle in tiny flower form. This spring nail design takes traditionally delicate florals and gives them an extra-fun vibe we're loving. Go ahead, embrace the unexpected this spring.
Speaking of unexpected—go for a matte look, but make it slime-inspired. Mei Kawajiri, a celeb and fashion-favorite manicurist extraordinaire, continues to inspire us. Plus, the poppy blue and purple colors are so sweet.
Try out a muted base color as a backdrop for delicately painted leaves. It's the much-needed springtime refresh we've been waiting for.
Pump up two-tone nails by picking a family of complementary colors and combining them differently across all 10 nails.
These lavender nails are spring personified. Abstract painted faces, inspired by Erno Laszlo, add a delicate, artistic touch unique to each accent nail. Recreate this look at home with a few simple swipes of a detailing brush.
April showers will probably bring a few rainbows before the May flowers, right? Find inspiration in the springtime sky with this rainbow ombré nail look.
Neon French Mani
Sure, spring is usually pastel season, but don't rule out the power of a simple neon-tipped French manicure for an easy and bright pop of color. Plus, it works with those floral dresses you've been dying to wear the second the cold's gone.
Bubbly Negative Space
Pop the champagne and pour a glass or two to complement this subdued glitter manicure.
These might take a bit of patience, but the result is so worth it. Break out the sequins and get creative with each nail.
Get a professional-looking mani with the ease of DIY. These stunning floral bouquets look expert-level but are actually the Everyday Bouquet stickers from Olive and June ($8).
Shades of Pink
Keep it simple with a half-and-half pink mani to create a relatively easy yet intriguing look that feels as fresh as the flowers on your desk.
Bright and Smiley
Just look at this colorful mani and frown. You can't. It won't let you. We tried.
Just a little trippy, these lines make maximum impact. So mod!
Orange and Pink
Match your makeup to your nails for a colorful and cheerful look. A sweet-tart pink pops against a coral orange for a modern, head-turning mani.
Speaking of picnic weather... these pink and purple gingham nails would look lovely for an outdoor park day, are we right?
Try out a full-on easter egg color scheme for a spring-tastic mani. The best part? The abstract splotches don't have to be perfect, which takes the pressure off for those looking to DIY.
Colorful Polka Dots
Polka dots are the ultimate spring-summer pattern. We love that these are multi-colored and accomplish the dot look using a confetti polish.