Publication date February 6, 2024

Minimalist Chic: 15 Simple & Elegant Nail Designs for 2024

Minimalism might not scream "trend," but its quiet elegance never goes out of style. And guess what? This might be a little early but this understated aesthetic is taking the nail world by storm in 2024 too!

Inspired by the whispers of spring runways, celebrity manicures, and trend reports, we've curated 15 stunning Nail Designs for 2024 that showcase the beauty of simplicity.

Whether you're looking for a moody winter nail design, cool tones, crave the warmth of fall foliage with earthy hues, or dream of embracing the vivid colors of summer, we have something for you. 

We’ve even got designs with adorable hearts that are great options for Valentine’s Day, proving that less can truly be more. So, ready to elevate your mani game with sophistication? Let's dive in!

1. Flame Tips Nails 

 Flame Tips Nails

A fresh take on a French tip, these flame-tip nails are a great option if you’re looking for something fun and out of the ordinary. What I love about the flame tip design is that it looks great on every kind of nail shape or length, and you can play around with so many different color palettes, flame styles, and shapes. As you see in the image, trying out this design in white or mixing it up with neon or primary colors just gives a classy look. 

2. Pastel Hearts Nails 

Pastel Hearts Nails

This cute minimalist nail design will remind you of a popular Valentine's Day candy and is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Take a break from your typical red and pink nail art and opt for this variation of pastel tones.

3. Bejeweled Nails

Bejeweled Nails

If you ask us, these stunning nails have the perfect amount of bling. The star-shaped jewels and the golden starburst surrounding it are both eye-catching and easy to execute.

4. Blooming Flowers Nails 

Blooming Flowers Nails

Bright colors make this design a fun and adorable option but the blooming gel base is the true star. When you arrange dots of your favorite color polish on top of the base watch it "bloom" on its own as the colored dots will gently expand and disperse to create petals. 

5. Racing Stripes Nails 

Racing Stripes Nails

Anyone who's partial to a classic French tip will love this innovative idea. To create this easy nail art, instead of creating a full arch at the top of your nail, go for double white lines to the left of your nail for this sporty look.

6. Black and White Nails 

Black and White Nails

Another elegant nail design in 2024, classic black and white will always make your nails look chic and sophisticated. These abstract white bands placed over a black French tip achieve just that. This trendy look is both playful and dressy making it suitable for every occasion.

7. White Lines Nails 

White Lines Nails

These white lines are one of the understated nail trends but that doesn't mean boring. In fact, these horizontal and vertical white lines add just the right level of interest to a fairly simple mani, making it perfect for minimalists. 

8. Chrome and Pearls Nails 

Chrome and Pearls Nails

Chrome topped with pearl is the way to go if you're looking for an It-girl take on the Hailey Bieber "glazed donut nails" trend. The best part about these chrome and pearls nails is that there are endless ways to do them, you can get a chrome mani in a pearlescent shade for a minimalist feel, or deck your nails to the nines in 3D pearls and gems to really make a statement. 

9. Blue Waves Nails 

Blue Waves Nails

When it comes to nail designs in 2024, blue waves nail art is another trendy and innovative design. Simply swirl together blue and white polish shades on a palette and gently lay them onto a nude base for a crashing wave effect. 

10. Ombre Glitter Nails 

Ombre Glitter Nails

Might look tough to create but ombre glitter nails are easy to do. To create this gel nail design 2024, simply start with a bead of glitter polish and slowly dab it down the center of your nail to create an ombre effect. However, remember to use this technique over a bare nail or a nude base.

11. Marble Nails 

Marble Nails

Marble nail designs for 2024 continue to trend year after year because of their subtle or bold design and must try for everyone who hasn’t tried them out yet. You can play up short, round nails with muted shades or make long, squared nails stand out by painting them in bold shades. Either way, there's a marble design for every taste out there. Just swirling a few white lines into a light pink base makes for a classy marbled look. 

12. Tri-Color Tips

Tri-Color Tips

When you can't choose just one perfect color, pick three. Whether you decide on complementary hues, as shown in the image here, or prefer vibrant contrasting colors, you can't really go wrong. There are endless fun color combinations out there that you can try out together to make a unique and fun manicure!

13. Matte French Nails 

Matte French Nails

While French tips always give a classic look, they can be easily elevated with the introduction of a bright color and matte top coat. Matte French nails feature mostly matte nails except for the tip, which is glossy. Big celebrities like Kylie Jenner have been rocking the matte French manicure recently with their influence making others want to try it, too. 

14. Gel Fruit Nails 

Gel Fruit Nails

The next one of the trendy nail designs in 2024 is fruit nail art. Little beads of nearly translucent gel hues are turned into some adorable fruits with just a few flicks of green polish. You can add them to a neutral base as seen here or paint them onto a bright color of your choice. And just like the diversity of produce around the world, the fruit nail art ideas seem to be infinite. So whether you are looking for something more minimal or you’re what we call a beauty maximalist, there’s a way for you to get in on the fruit nail art trend.

15. Glitter Stars Nails 

Glitter Stars Nails

When it comes to simple nail designs in 2024, Glitter Stars nails are one of the top ones. If you're new to nail designs with paint, just create small triangles and connect them for beautiful glittery star designs. In another way, to recreate this fun and colorful look, all you need is a clear base coat and an assortment of glitter stars placed all over the nails. Now top it off with a clear top coat, and voila!

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