15 Cheerful Winter Nail Design Ideas

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I’m sharing fifteen cheerful winter nail design ideas that are sure to brighten up your day. If you’re ready to be inspired, stay tuned.

As the temperature drops and the days grow shorter, it’s time to swap out your fall nail hues for more winter-appropriate shades. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun and creativity when it comes to your nails.

In fact, winter offers a unique opportunity to play with textures, patterns, and unexpected color combinations that can add some much-needed cheer to your cold-weather look.

1. Polka Dots and Stripes

Polka Dots and Stripes nails
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What I love about these stiletto nails is that the design would look great using a variety of colors. You could use red and white to give your stripes a candy cane look. Or blue and white to give the polka dots the look of falling snow.

2. Silver and White Nails

Silver and White Nails
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Silver and white are perfect winter nail color combinations. You can combine these colors to get a pair of glittery nails that sparkle like snowflakes in the sunlight.

3. Glitter Nail on Ring Finger

Glitter Nail on Ring Finger
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I’ve always loved the look of having all nails one solid color except for the ring finger. These colors are perfect for the winter season and even work well for your New Years’ celebration. Below, you’ll also find this same design using a different color palette.

4. Grey and Glitter

silver winter nails
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These nails have a fun glitter accent nail. This look would be perfect for a New Year’s celebration.

5. Cute Stars

Holiday Stars nails
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Deck out your nails with festive stars. I love the nuder color of the nails and the burgundy and gold stars. If you like the gold ribbon ring, you can find the ring on Amazon. If you enjoy this look but would like to try different colors, it would be fun to brainstorm different color palette ideas.

6. Winter Red Blue and White Nails

Winter Red Blue and White Nails
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These nails include the ultimate holiday colors and instantly remind me of winter when I see them. Even though this design looks great as is, I think that it would also look great if the detailed design was only on the ring finger.

7. Sparkling Silver Nails

Sparkling Silver Nails
Artist Credit: arliistic

Like gold, silver is a festive metallic for the winter season. Try Essie’s Set in Stones for a glittery topcoat, or go for a silvery polish like OPI’s “This Gown Needs a Crown.”

8. Blue and White Nails

blue and white nails with rings
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One great tip for making your nails stand out is to wear rings on your fingers. I love the look of wearing rings on all of your fingers, or even multiple rings per finger.

9. Blue and Gold

blue and gold winter nails
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What I love about these nails is that the colors aren’t typical Christmas colors, they come together to look so beautiful and festive. The snowflakes along with the gold accents come together so wonderfully.

10. White, Gold, and Cream Nails

White, Gold and Cream Nails
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A smooth, cream, or white nail polish is perfect for winter and offers a neutral base for adding any accent colors or patterns.

11. Solid Red with French Tip

red holiday nails
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Keep it classy with shimmery red nails. These nails have a unique twist because they feature a thin red French tip.

12. All That Glitters

pink and glitter christmas nails
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Nothing says “cheerful” like adding plenty of glitter to your look. And there’s no better time to do it than the winter season.

13. Green, White, and Gold Nails

Green, White, and Gold Nails
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These nails have two different designs separate from the solid colors. One nail has a festive glitter design while the other features white nail polish and gold tape.

14. Glittery Snowflake Nails

Glittery Snowflake Nails
Artist Credit: nails_byesther

For a glamorous winter look, add some glitter to your nails. You can paint your nails white, or even in a shade of blue, and then add some glitter and snowflake designs on top.

15. White Nails

white almond nails
Artist Credit: weheartit

If it’s your first time getting your nails done, I highly recommend going for a shorter almond-shaped nail like this. As you can see, white nails look great when paired with gold rings.

Winter might be a time for frosty weather across different parts of the world, but you can certainly bring the warmth and joy of the season to your fingertips with these fun and festive nail designs.

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