Flower Nails Are Summer's Cutest Nail Trend—19 Designs I've Screen-Grabbed

I’ll admit––when it comes to my nails, I’m a one-shade wonder. I feel most safe in the salon hot seat when I’ve asked for a short rounded shape and selected a colour that sits within the confines of a dark burgundy. Anyone else familiar with the feeling of going for a nail colour outside your comfort zone only to be filled with deep regret alongside a slight nervous sweat at the first layer, but nodding over enthusiastically when asked if you’re happy with it? 

However, the tides may my turning. Last week I was invited to try one of two limited-edition Elemis x Townhouse nail art designs. As I knew I was writing this feature on flower nails, I went straight for the floral French option (I’m a very committed and very serious journalist, guys). Long story short, I haven’t stopped taking pictures holding various items around the flat since. Turns out I’m a flower nail girly after all. And I’m most certainly not alone.



My Elemis x Townhouse mani

"Floral prints are dominating the season, with the demand for ‘floral French’ nails up by 767% in the lead-up to spring,” explains Nick Drewe, Trend Expert at Discount Platform, Wethrift. "It’s unsurprising to see the floral trend continue to reign supreme as we embrace warmer weather, blue skies and flowers blooming. This year, we’re seeing nail artists get more creative with their designs, from retro flowers to hand-painted roses.”

With so much flower nail inspo out there, it can be hard to know exactly what to go for, which could in turn lead to feelings of regret as detailed in the first paragraph. If you’re new to the trend or prefer low-key designs, pro nail artist Alyx Lippiat advises to play it safe with pastels. "Think pinks, peaches and mint greens. A baby blue, pastel yellow and lilac also work really nicely and all of the colours mentioned work harmoniously together.”

If you want to add a touch of glam to the design, manicurist Faye Dennis says to introduce a gold chrome outline around the petals. "It works perfectly for a spring bridal manicure.”

How To Create Flower Nails At Home

I hit up London-based nail artist Nikki Parker aka @nails.by.nikk to get advice on creating the perfect floral design at home. "Using a dotting tool, create 5-6 dots in a circle, applying a very small amount of gel/polish, cure in the lamp, and then create the dot in the centre with your chosen colour for the middle. Finish with a shiny top coat.”

Ahead are my favourite flower nail designs to save for your next trip to the salon. 

The Best Flower Nail Designs:


(Image credit: @IMARNINAILS)

Flowers so detailed, it feels like looking at a garden in full bloom IRL.


(Image credit: @betinagoldstien)

Proof you can't go wrong with roses surrounded by gold foil.


(Image credit: @THEHANGEDIT)

Cobalt blue nails are still very much having a moment. Here's the floral way to wear them.


(Image credit: @BAMBINAILSS)

If in doubt, ask for the floral French. The colour-way on this design is screaming spring.


(Image credit: @BAMBINAILSS)

Much like Lippiatt suggests, pastels are a soft and subtle way to embrace the trend.


(Image credit: @IMARNINAILS)

If you want a major mood boost every time you look at your hands, go for sunflowers.


(Image credit: @LEATNGU)

Multi-coloured tips work beautifully alongside white petalled flowers.


(Image credit: @SASKIAFENWICK)

Another great way of wearing the trend is opting for a flower on one nail per hand, like the thumb. 



For all my guys and gals who have an affinity for nude nails.


(Image credit: @THATSALEAF)

Mix it up by incorporating a flower nail within a retro design. Need to get ourselves one of those smiley rings...



Aptly named 'daisy half moons' by editorial nail artist Queenie Nguyen.


(Image credit: @BUFFCS)

Lilac is one of the trending nail shades of 2023. This is how you'll find us wearing it.


(Image credit: @IRAMSHELTON)

The shading. The stems. We are floored by the detail of this design. 


(Image credit: @ALYXLIPPIATT)

Simple yet oh-so effective. The neon green provides the perfect pop of colour.


(Image credit: @NAILS.BY.NIKK)

Never underestimate the power of a black and nude flower.


(Image credit: @IRAMSHELTON)

For the times you're feeling a little bit extra, use rhinestones to create a flower shape. 


(Image credit: @BUFFCS)

Add depth to your flowers by creating bigger leaves with a darker, more dotted centre.


(Image credit: @paragonnails)

You can't go wrong with a little bit of sparkle in your nail garden, so try adding gold flakes to your floral design. 


(Image credit: @LEATNGU)

A see-through base accentuated with pastel tips and flowers. So much yes.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Mollie Burdell is a freelance beauty editor, presenter and host. She trained as a makeup artist at the prestigious Delamar Academy, covering everything from prosthetics and theatre to TV and film, and then went on to graduate from university with a First Class Honours degree in journalism.After completing internships at Grazia, Look, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, she landed her first writer role at Superdrug's Dare magazine. Mollie then joined the Harrods content team as a beauty writer before being promoted to the deputy beauty editor. There, she developed the content strategy, tone of voice and creative identity for H Beauty—Harrods's standalone regional beauty stores. When she wasn't interviewing the likes of Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Regé-Jean Page, you'd find her on a live broadcast, hosting an event, shooting video content, reviewing the lastest beauty launch on social or crafting a magazine feature. She has also hosted and contributed to the LuxeGirl by SheerLuxe YouTube series.When Mollie isn't writing about beauty, you'll find her talking about it on a TikTok shop, dancing to pretty much anything with a beat, reading a crime thriller or performing a solo rendition of "One Day More" from Les Mis.