If you’re looking for a nail design that is understated yet elegant, a palm tree-inspired look may be perfect for you. A great seasonal look for summer or just something playful for the rest of the year. Tropical, stylish and thoroughly unique.
There are many ways to create this style, so we’ve gathered some of the best ideas to get you started. From simple striped designs to more intricate artwork, there’s something for everyone here. So grab your favorite nail polish and get inspired by these gorgeous palm tree nails!
Getting a definite beach vibe here. The colorway would be cute by itself but the detail on the leaves really does it for me.
Forget Ombre nails, look at the colors fading from that clear water to the stunning sky. I’d hang this on my wall, let alone my fingers.
A similar style here but with a few stones to add some glam. Can you believe these were handpainted?
There’s a definite Ombre vibe going on with the sky colors.
Just a single palm tree on this design but I can’t not love these colors. A little bit of glitter on the blue really makes these acrylics pop.
A lot of these designs show a sunset in the sky color, this set shows the sun itself behind the trees. Lovely touch.
This design might be a little more specific but I like the black highlight on the index finger and the glittery shades on the pinky.
A unique purple sky and stars on this set. A lovely deep purple give us a night sky without the whole design looking too dark with a black sky.
But that’s not to say that a black and white vibe doesn’t work. These gels don’t try for the beach-style vibe but I like the black and white contrast.
I really wanted to list these on the cute light blue nail design since I love that shade but those cute little palm trees just really pull them together.
These are my favorite palm tree nails so far. A unique design for each nail and I love the little sun. A very tropical nail style.
With all these designs so far, I think it’s time for a reminder that you don’t need a blue background or a sunset. These short red nails with two little palm trees are a little more subtle but still incredibly unique.
Or why even have a background at all? A little palm tree would work on transparent or nude nails too.
Tropic breeze🌴🌊 Some great detail on these and a varied style for each finger.
These short little gels show a more minimalist design. I’m always a sucker for a matte white background.
And this is the same idea with a little more color.
A combination of Ombre palm tree nails and some transparent acrylics with a little sparkle. I don’t love the combination here but it might suit your style.
These dipped nails are just so cute. I love the fluffy little clouds.
Beautiful blue ocean color with pretty palm trees. This acrylic gel set was done freehand and has a mix of solid blue and incredible shades.
This is a unique take. Some neon french tips, a solid gold nail and a single palm tree nail.
These gorgeous palm tree nails have a fantastic orange background.
Fancy something longer? These acrylics have a great color combination and the stones really set them apart. I love the longer palm tree style on the ring finger.
Natural color powder on coffin shape nails with palms trees. I said this before, you don’t need a bright color background to have this unique style.
I’m a sucker for cute little yellow nails so once you add a palm tree it’s making this list. The glittery purple nail really sets these apart.
Or how about this mixture of simple nude nails with the plan tree on a sky background?
It took a while to find a fully pink example, but the palm tree and flamingo example works for me.
I really like the combination of solid color and Ombre sky behind the palm tree nail designs.
These palm tree stamps have a little more realistic colors than most other designs. Set against a little bit of glitter really looks cute.
Bright yellow v french tips stand out by themselves. If you add a palm tree nail design on top of that you get a very unique combination.
The detail to the leaves here is just phenomenal. The bright blue color would work by itself but a little Ombre style to give a hint of sunset might make these the coolest set so far.
A little minimalist flamingo in pink next to the palm tree? Fab idea.
A shorter version of the same style from before.
An orange to red Ombre style.
Oh, these are just perfect. Subtle enough that they’d pass for simple pink nails in the office but that little hint of sunlight with the palm tree melding into a french tip just looks perfect. I want these.
Larger bright blue acrylics.
A single palm tree nail design next to more ‘normal’ Ombre nails
Some hand-painted gels with some glittery french tips. I love the combination of the palm trees and the little hearts.
A definite summertime vibe with this colorway.
Again, a minimalist flamingo on a single nail with a palm tree but a little more detail in this example. I love the solid color nail combination.
I do hope this has given you some ideas for palm tree nails If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your own palm tree nail design and we’ll feature them here.
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