Originally posted on April 1, 2022 @ 6:00 am
Last Updated on March 19, 2023 by inckredible
Coffin nails are the perfect shape for those searching for a new look. Wildly popular with style influencers and icons, this nail shape is versatile and modern, combines fabulously with various styles, and complements both short and long nails.
Coffin nail shapes can be made created with natural nails, or coffin acrylic nails can be used instead. Coffin nail designs are also incredibly versatile, with the nail’s shape and larger size lending itself well to color and nail art.
When it’s time for a manicure, the many fantastic options that coffin nail designs and shapes offer to make them a fabulous choice. Here are 50 of the chicest design ideas to consider.
1. Short Coffin Nails
While coffin nails are usually worn long, the shape can look amazing on shorter nails! Short coffin nails can enhance and lengthen the shape of shorter fingers and wider nail beds and stay quite strong despite their filed edges, making them easier to care for.
This style gives the wearer a sharp, daring look while keeping a more natural nail appearance.
2. French Tip Coffin Nails
The band of the white polish characteristic of French manicures lends an elegant touch to the shape of coffin nails. French tips will typically last three to four days if done in a salon, and if the wearer doesn’t perform a lot of activity with their hands, can even make it up to a week!
3. Summer Coffin Nails
Summer is a great time of year to explore bright, warm hues for coffin nails. While pastels are a great shade for spring, summer is the time to experiment with coral red, orange, minty green, and easier shades to wear, such as candy pink.
Mix these with rich blues or turquoise to recreate the feelings of summer!
4. Long Coffin Nails
Long coffin nails are the go-to image of what Coffin’s nails are. Popularized by Kylie Jenner, this type of coffin nail offers plenty of space to experiment with awesome nail art or to stick with a clean, classy look.
This bold choice of nail design is a striking look that’s guaranteed to be eye-catching, whether there’s nail art or not.
5. Black Coffin Nails
It’s hard to go wrong with black as a nail color, and this is definitely true when it comes to coffin nails. Matching well with almost any outfit, black coffin nails lend a hint of edge to the wearer’s look while remaining classy and minimalistic.
Black is also a great base for nail art, which Coffin nails are amazing for.
6. White Coffin Nails
For those looking for a neutral, clean finish, white is an awesome color choice. This color works great with medium and warm skin tones, giving the nails a healthy appearance and, like black, combining well with almost any outfit.
White tends to give a more neutral, natural appearance to nails, which can contrast greatly with the more dramatic look of coffin nails.
Ombre nails are one of the most versatile nail art designs that can instantly upgrade a look from simple to brilliant. While ombre is not a new trend, it has stuck around for a long time due to its ease and class.
Lending a timeless yet modern look to the shape of a coffin nail, ombre is a great choice for an easy-to-do nail art option.
Medium-length coffin nails can be a great compromise for those undecided between a long or a short length! Stronger than long coffin nails, yet more stand-out than shorter styles, this shape of coffin nails works well with any style.
While it doesn’t provide the same space for nail art designs that a longer shape would, there’s still plenty of room to play with designs!
For those looking for a low-maintenance nail polish that does a great job concealing chips, nude might be just the color they need! Nude polishes come in a variety of undertones to flatter any skin tone, making them highly versatile.
In addition, it’s hard to beat this color for a classic look on coffin nails!
10. Red Fall (Autumn) Coffin Nails
Red has always been a popular Fall color. Its depth and versatility make it easy to create the perfect mood for any season. Mixed with the understated elegance of nude nail color, this makes for an ideal autumn look for coffin nails.
The wearer can alternate red and medium nude for a different look or try an ombre design style.
11. Royal Blue
For those looking for the ultimate in class, the deep, rich hue of royal blue can lend some serious gravitas to any outfit or look. Pairing this color with coffin nails is sure to make a splash, giving a bold and intense yet subtle and classy appearance.
Blue is a great color any time of the year, and royal blue is no different!
Cute is a great look to pair with coffin nails! It’s hard to go wrong with pink, white, or blue as a base color. For the adventurous, this can be spiced up with some nail art to take advantage of coffin nails’ space. Swirls, flowers, or rhinestones work well to pull this look together.
Matte coffin nails are a great choice for those aiming for an edgier look. Their flat, frosted finish is also very suited for colder seasons, making them a great pick for a Winter or Fall look.
Matte is best used for very light or deep, bold coffin nail tones, so try a soft pink or deep purple for this finish!
Pink is a versatile color that can make very different statements depending on its shade. Pale pink coffin nails can give the impression of a quiet, more elegant look that’s youthful without being too cutesy.
On the other side of the spectrum, hot pink coffin nails make a bold statement. This eye-catching color communicates fun and spontaneity and is only for the most confident of wearers!
Black is possibly the most versatile of the color options for coffin nails. Encompassing outfits and looks from edgy to classy to bold, this shade can fit in almost any style.
While dark nail polish had a bit of a fringe appeal in the past, it is now far more fashionable. This color can also make for a great base color for nail art of all kinds.
The spookiest time of year, Halloween is a great time to go wild with coffin nail color and nail art designs! Try a bright orange or green, black, red, white, or yellow to switch things up.
Wearers can get crazy creative with their nail art, thanks to the amount of space that coffin nails have for designs. Pumpkins, cobwebs, bats-the possibilities are limitless!
Blue is always a great color for nails, regardless of the season. Simple and fresh-looking, different shades of blue can complement different looks quite easily.
Deeper shades give an elegant, classy look, while lighter shades can give coffin nails a bright, clean appearance. As base color for nail art designs, blue also works great!
Coffin nails are a great way for wearers to express their individuality through nail art! Thanks to the generous amount of space that coffin nails have for designs, adventurous sorts can go wild with unique, quirky takes on nail art.
Unusual colors, unique decals and rhinestones, and bold designs are only the beginning for those with the passion for really standing out!
19. Baby Blue
Pale blue is a beautiful color that can pair amazingly with French tips or cream finishes. With a soft, restorative feel to it, pale blue can be a great shade for coffin nails in the Spring.
Although, it can work for any time of the year with the right look. Adding some nail art can really bring the color into its own.
20. Baddie Coffin Nails With Rhinestones
Coffin nails can be great canvases for some of the boldest, more unique looks for baddies on and off social media. Rhinestones are an awesome way to make a statement for all the trendsetters out there.
These sparkly little gems will instantly glam up coffin nails, and their different shapes, sizes, and colors allow for infinite design choices.
21. Christmas Coffin Nails
Christmas is an amazing time of the year to show off how cute and festive coffin nails can be. Christmas nail designs can be tweaked to fit almost anybody’s style with base colors like red, green, and white.
Snowflakes, reindeer, candy cane striping, and Christmas trees are just the tip of the iceberg. For those who prefer a more refined, subtle look, a frosted finish can really get into the season’s spirit too! Get crazy with the designs!
22. Purple Coffin Nails
Purple is an uncommon nail polish color, but this isn’t due to it looking bad. On the contrary, purple is a seriously underrated coffin nail color, and any brave enough to wear it are sure to stand out in the best way possible.
From light shades of lilac and lavender to deep, metallic shades of purple, this color is both unique and versatile.
23. V French Tip Coffin Nails
A relatively new style, V French tip coffin nails are already incredibly popular for a good reason! Like French tip coffin nails, V French tips instead have two bands of color at the tip that form a “V,” giving the manicure its name.
This style will give coffin nails a clean, elegant look and pair well with any base color.
24. Valentine’s Day Coffin Nails
Valentine’s day is an awesome opportunity for really getting into cute, romantic nail art for coffin nails. Hearts are a classic choice, but Xs and O’s can really spice up a design as well.
By getting creative with color and placement, it’s easy to place a fresh spin on classic designs. Rhinestones can also make great accents for a design!
25. Yellow Coffin Nails
Yellow is a bold and energizing choice for coffin nails. This color gives nails an awesome faux glow, making it a great choice for summer and spring. At the same time, yellow might seem like a loud, unflattering color.
With the right style, it can make for a chic, sophisticated look. It may be a bit challenging to pair other colors with yellow, but it’s guaranteed to be eye-catching!
26. Classy Coffin Nails
Coffin nails can also make great starting points for restrained, elegant styles. For a simple, classy look, soft, neutral colors are a good starting point. White, nude, and very soft pink can make for great color bases.
Ombres can add a bit of subtle flair without losing the restrained look, and small rhinestone placement can really bring out the elegance of coffin nails.
27. Coffin Nails With Diamonds
For a glitzy, glamorous look, it’s hard to beat coffin nails with diamonds. These expensive gems pair wonderfully with pink, white, and blue coffin nails, and ombre can be used to add a bit of impact.
The use of diamonds can elevate a coffin nail design from simple to glamorous very easily, and long coffin nails can really show this off.
28. Orange Coffin Nails
A trendy fall color, orange, is rarely seen during other times of the year. However, it’s worth giving this fiery color a chance during other times of the year!
This bold color can look great with coffin nails. A more subtle mix of orange and coral shades can also make a great statement for those who find bright orange a bit too loud.
29. Coffin White Tip Nails
White tips can look absolutely stunning on coffin nails! Some of the most popular types use a nude base color with white tips. Some might prefer to use accent designs to add some flair to this simple, classy look. Rhinestones can pop on this nail style, as their simplicity allows them to shine.
30. Glitter Coffin Nails
Is there any way to go wrong with glitter? White or pink are great base colors to add glitter to, although blue gets a fresh, sparkling look that really pops!
This addition can look great in any color and design of coffin nail, and depending on the style of glitter. It can encompass all types of looks from classy to bold.
31. Burgundy Coffin Nails
Burgundy is a great coffin nail color for a classy, mature look. This deep, rich color looks great with a glossy or matte finish, and most prefer to wear it as a simple, straightforward color.
For those with bolder leanings, rhinestones can give burgundy coffin nails a glitzy twist while still looking elegant. Ombres can also add some flair!
32. Coffin Gel Nails
Sometimes, a particular design or style of coffin nail is just perfect. However, many manicures just don’t last that long, often only a week at best. Fortunately, gel coffin nails are an option.
Gel nails look just like a regular manicure, but they last longer and feel way sturdier. In addition, they can provide a glossier, more natural look.
33. Milky White Coffin Nails
Milky white nails are an ideal midpoint between an opaque white and a sheer white coffin nail manicure. This gives the color a semi-opaque, ghostly look that’s become quite popular.
This look can require a professional’s help, but it is possible to do it at home using techniques similar to an ombre. This ghostly yet professional look is a definite classic in the making.
34. Spring Coffin Nails
Spring is the time for pastels to go wild! Pale, soft colors are a great choice for this time of year, although darker, moodier shades aren’t necessarily off the table.
Flowers are a great, timeless choice for nail art designs for coffin nails. If a clean, fresh look is more desirable, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with base colors and maybe an ombre.
35. Butterfly Coffin Nails
For a striking, unique spring or summer look, butterfly manicures are the way to go. Beautiful and delicate, a large amount of space for designs that coffin nails provide makes them ideal for this sort of detailed nail art.
Some glitter or rhinestones make a great addition to add some finishing touches. Blue, pink, or white make for great base colors!
36. Birthday Coffin Nails
Birthday nails are an essential part of any birthday party! Coffin nails can help celebrate in style, allowing wearers to show off their unique personalities and just have fun on their or their friends’ special days.
There are a wide variety of birthday themes to choose from, such as cakes, balloons, gifts, and other fun designs. Glitter is also a great celebratory addition.
37. Black And Gold Coffin Nails
This luxurious color combination makes a bold, sophisticated statement on coffin nails. These colors communicate elegance, affluence, prestige, authority, and power and make for quite the impact.
The style of color combination can also change the look, with a French tip styling giving an elegant appearance or an ombre giving a different, more mysterious feel to the coffin nails.
38. Black And White Coffin Nails
Simple and elegant, black and white are timeless colors that can mesh with any style or outfit. These colors can look classy, bold, modern, or unique depending on how they are used. They also make great base colors for various designs, so pretty much anybody can find a way to work this color combination into their style!
39. Easter Coffin Nails
Easter is the perfect time to kick spring styles up a notch and add some crazy fun designs to coffin nails! Pastels and glitter are a great place to start with, and when it comes to nail art, bunnies, flowers, and egg designs all make great additions to the base colors. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
40. Rose Gold Coffin Nails
This sophisticated, warm-toned color is guaranteed to spark a flood of compliments. Bolder and more noticeable than yellow gold, this color can suit any skin tone on coffin nails.
In addition, it pairs great with an ombre design, as well as rhinestones and gold accents. For a bold yet still sophisticated look without being too loud, rose gold has no equal!
41. Winter Coffin Nails
Winter is a great time for coffin nails, with a variety of colors combining well with the season! Bold reds and greens are always popular for this festive time of year, with some gold to ring in the new year.
Alternatively, for those who prefer a more subtle look, grays and wine-inspired hues can give a classic, moody look that’s perfect for wintertime. Snowflakes and glitter make for great nail art options!
42. Green Coffin Nails
Green can be a perfect color for coffin nails on days other than St. Patrick’s Day! Green can be a great new color to try.
It has a wide variety of shades that can communicate a variety of different moods, from a luscious, vampy dark green, to a bright, fresh minty green. Gold can be used for nail art accents to really make this color pop.
43. Outlined Coffin Nails
For a sharp, modern look, it’s hard to beat outlined coffin nails! With an almost infinite number of color combinations possible, this coffin nail design can work with anyone’s style. Whether it’s an ombre or plain color, outlining can really help call attention to coffin nails while keeping a sleek, stylish look with a modern twist.
44. Olive Green Coffin Nails
This soothing color is a gorgeous shade on coffin nails that looks fabulous with either a glitzy design or a plain shine. Nail art can really add some pop to this color, although it can also work quite well with a simpler, more minimalistic look.
With a diverse range of undertones from khaki brown to a rich, deep emerald, olive green can look amazing with the right outfit!
45. Red And Black Coffin Nails
This is the boldest possible color combination and communicates unshakable confidence like no other colors do! Black and red coffin nails perfectly complement an edgier look and lend themselves to a variety of different designs, such as ombre.
To further glitz these colors up, gold makes for a great design accent. Silver can also complement this color combo quite nicely.
46. Beige Coffin Nails
For those looking for a light, natural look, beige is the go-to color. Despite its reputation as being boring or plain, beige is the perfect choice for a clean, minimalist manicure that can set the stage for some fabulous nail art.
With a creamy polish, this color can provide a timeless elegance to coffin nails, either plain or with nail art.
47. Louis Vuitton Coffin Nails
The Louis Vuitton brand is practically synonymous with style. Adding this brand’s iconic logo to coffin nails can add a fabulous splash of color.
Logo manicures have been a hot trend in nail art since 2017, and it’s definitely not too late to hop on the train! With designs that can be minimalistic or lavish, this luxury brand logo can have coffin nails popping.
48. Pink And White Coffin Nails
Whether each nail is painted alternating colors or both shades are combined in an ombre, pink and white are fabulous color combinations that suit various styles!
Golden decals and glitter are particularly flattering. Combing cute and classy, these two colors can look amazing with many different design choices and nail art.
49. Grey Coffin Nails
Gray is an underrated, underappreciated color choice that isn’t seen nearly often enough. When it comes to chic, gray might not be the color that springs to mind.
However, rather than being drab or depressing, gray is an awesome neutral shade that can complement any skin tone and many different styles. In addition, choosing to wear gray can really help a wearer stand out!
50. Lavender Coffin Nails
Lavender is a wonderful color very suited to spring. This lovely pale shade of purple is neither too dark nor too light, and its balance makes it a fabulous transitionary choice between winter and summer.
In addition, lavender makes a great color base for nail art designs. Whether it’s simple, minimalist designs or lavish golden decals, it’s hard to go wrong with lavender!