28 Dark Nail Colors for Your Next Manicure

I don’t paint my nails often, but when I do, I really like to experiment with new colors. I don’t mind getting a little wild in that department. I went through a nail-art obsession phase in my mid-20s, so I’m not exactly a minimalist. I have the go-to hues that I gravitate toward, but I like to look all over for inspiration.

Recently, I’ve been using my co-workers, Instagram, and celebs as my nail-color muses. And they’ve provided a lot of ideas. I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve been really drawn to dark, moody colors. In addition to my matte-finish fixation, I think one reason behind this is that the cozy fall season is just around the corner. When September rolls around, I’m thinking of using a dark, sophisticated color palette in both my beauty and fashion choices: dark lips, richly hued sweaters and dresses, and deep-tinted nails. While I don’t limit dark hues to just fall and winter, I like to go all in with a seasonal palette. I’m the type of person who immediately transitions to bright colors at the first sight of spring.

In preparation for the fall season, I’m sharing my “inspiration board” of sorts featuring the nail colors I have on my radar that I’ve spotted on both celebs and Instagram. Maybe you’ll find some light-bulb moments here for autumn (or any season, really).