Nail Art

Gray Nail Design Ideas | POPSUGAR Beauty

  • Variations of gray nail designs are currently trending.
  • The color is the perfect neutral and can complement any outfit or look.
  • From light-gray nails to dark-gray nails — and even matte or glitter finishes — here are our favorite takes on the neutral color.

Minimalist beauty is everywhere right now, from what you’re seeing on TikTok to the makeup all over the red carpet to the nail-polish colors you find yourself reaching for at the salon. When it comes to the latter, one of the biggest colors that’s been trending of late? Grey.

The reason makes perfect sense. “Gray nails are making a mark because they’re a contemporary color but also cozy, soothing, and serene,” Essie celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders tells POPSUGAR, adding that the many iterations of the shade encompass “the new nude,” making it a more neutral hue. “Gray signifies balance and serenity, and I think sometimes we forget how it feels to be still and neutral. Manicures are part of self-care and the perfect time to find a bit of peace; by choosing the ‘gray space’ theme, we can give ourselves a gentle reminder of this. Not only will this reflect on your nails but also in your overall appearance.”

Plus, when it comes to wearing gray nail polish, you’ve got options: from chalky, off-white shades to the darker charcoal hues. There’s even a colorful side to the gray trend (hello, blue-gray options). That versatility makes it the perfect complement to any outfit or accessory. Gray nails can be cool and calming, or it can be done-up and exciting. It can be subtle or make a fashion-forward statement.

The next time you’re at the salon — or just in desperate need of some R&R and want to DIY your own nail art — use the following photos as a source of inspiration. Keeping scrolling for our favorite gray nail ideas out there that will give you instant peace of mind.