As much as I’ve been loving doing my nails lately with bright, crazy colors and shiny shell coats, sometimes going bold is better when you’re doing it a little more low-key than everybody else. Enter: nude nail art. Sound counterintuitive? I thought so at first, as most of the ideas conjured up when I hear the phrase “nail art” involve wild rainbow strips, adorable animal images, or tons of turquoise glitter. But nope! There are actually lots of wonderful manicure tutorials that revolve around nude shades.

If you’re intrigued by nail art but want to keep your hands somewhat subtle, the following ideas might be the perfect tutorials for you to try. They’re sophisticated without ever going over-the-top–excellent choices for those who desire a cool new look minus the craziness.

1. Beautylish Black Stripes Manicure

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis beautiful manicure is subtle, unique and pretty. I love the hand painted black streaks over the Deborah Lippmann Naked Nail Polish–they add a bold sophistication to the look.

2. Black Heart On Nude Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyWe recently did a tutorial for adding a subtle heart in a contrasting color to your manicure, so we are huge fans of this one!

3. Butter London Rosie Lee Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis is such a stunning sparkly manicure and would work well to wear with a pretty summer floral print, a nude gown or even just jeans and a pink blouse.

4. Victoria Elizabeth Design Chevron Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyGold + nude = win, in my book. This vertical chevron design on just the ring finger adds just the right amount of sparkle to this mani.

5. Mixed Nail Art

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyWhy pick one? Might as well try a bunch of different fun patterns, from solids to stripes to polka dots.

6. Reverse Glitter Gradient Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis tutorial from So Nailicious is amazing. Definitely give it a try for any future event, date night or vacation. I guarantee you’ll get about a million compliments on how cool it looks. Plus, it uses Ciate Nail Polish in Antique Brooch, which is one seriously stunning shade.

7. Black Filigree On Nude

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis is definitely for those with super steady hands, but if you’re a seasoned pro with nail art, I bet you can do it! This would look lovely in a totally matte texture, as well.

8. Mint & Nude Nail Art

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyI can’t imagine a better manicure to wear to a summer wedding. Utilizing tape would be great for a design as precise as this, and you could alternate or swap out any colors for these two to make an entirely different look.

Click to the next page to see the perfect pastel blue/nude design, the loveliest metallic filigree, and brown-to-nude ombre nails you’ll love!

9. Leopard Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyY’know, I have never been the hugest fan of leopard print, but I am totally loving this black, nude and gold design. Perhaps it’s because the wearer only did two nails with full-on leopard print while the others were painted with gold or simply given little jewels.

10. Gold, White & Nude Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyAm I think only one reminded of origami by this cool triangular design?

11. Stairway To Heaven Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyAnother total win on the part of So Nailicious, wow. This look was inspired by the Fall/Winter 2013 Australian Fashion Week, but it’s still perfect for any other season. It reminds me a bit of a figure skating dress in the best possible way.

12. Nude & Gold Filigree

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis matte design is so striking, but not wild by any means. It was done by Lucinha Barteli, whose Instagram you need to follow right now for all your nail inspiration needs.

13. Nude Ombre Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadySo, this isn’t exactly nail art, but it is some of my favorite ombre nails I’ve ever seen. The transition between chocolate brown to coffee to biscotti taupe (okay, maybe I’m reaching with that last food analogy) is just downright edible.

14. Lavender & Nude Nail Designs

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyHow pretty and pastel is this gorgeous look from DramaQueenNails?

15. Pink & Nude Matte Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis coral and nude design is beautiful and sweet for summer.