When the weather is dull and dreary, looking down at brightly painted nails instantly brightens our mood. No wonder hoards of Americans are stocking up on nail polish like rolls of toilet paper.

Even though we spent much of this weekend cooped up inside, our minds escaped to warmer climes with every stroke of teal, fuchsia and yellow nail color. From Sarah of Chalkboard Nails' sunset gradient maze manicure to Chelsea of Get Nailed's vintage roses nail art, we're getting a jump start on spring's nail art trends.

Check out these manicures and more in the slideshow below, then share your own.

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  • Doc Martens Nail Art

    "I've been lusting after <a href="http://www.dmusastore.com/p-3211-1460-w.aspx">these Dr. Martens</a> for a while now, so for the I decided to do a mani inspired by them. I used Essie Licorice for the base and a variety of other colors along with nail art brushes for the vintage roses. " - Chelsea of <a href="http://www.chelseasgetnailed.com/">Get Nailed</a>

  • Sunset Gradient Maze Nail Art

    "This maze pattern was created using three of <a href="http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4360015">Orly's Feel the Vibe Collection</a> nail polishes. I applied them to the nail using a triangle makeup wedge, which created the blended gradient look, then freehanded the black maze pattern over the top. This manicure makes me wish I was on a beach sipping a Mai Tai!" - Sarah of <a href="http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2013/01/sunset-gradient-maze-patterned-nails.html">Chalkboard Nails</a>

  • "A Is For Alpine" Manicure

    "My manicure was inspired by the Australian band Alpine's album 'A is for Alpine.' I started with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base. Once it was completely dry, I used nail art tape to create the stripes and a makeup sponge to dab on the OPI color Jade is the New Black and Essie Coral Reef. Then I added the arrows with a nail art brush using Orly Liquid Vinyl and OPI Panda-monium Pink." - Rosie of <a href="http://little-nails.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/day-22-inspired-by-song-hottest-100-day.html">Little Nails Blog</a>

  • Hearts For Spring Manicure

    "My idea was to use nude/spring colors for a Valentine's inspired nail art design." - Rina of <a href="http://www.rina-alcantara.com/2013/01/nail-art-hearts-for-spring.html">Simply Rins</a>

  • Au Printemps Nail Art

    'When it's minus 20 below, nothing makes us happier than a bright mani to forget about the snow and day dream about warmer climates." - Danielle and Jenny of <a href="http://polishyoupretty.com/2013/01/22/nail-art-tutorial-au-printemps/">Polish You Pretty</a>

  • Ombré Leopard Print Manicure

    "It's gloomy weather in London so needed a mani to cheer me up. I used Butter London Billy No Mates (grey), Butter London Jaffa (orange) and Nails Inc. Carnaby Street to create the ombré effect. I used my Orly Instant Artist nail art black striper to create the leopard effect around Nails Inc. Shorditch (pink)." - Sabrina Gayle of <a href="http://popnailslondon.tumblr.com/">POP Nails London</a>

  • Grecian Green And Gold Nail Art

    "A friend of mine and I are doing a nail art challenge on our Tumblr blogs -- our viewers send in themes for us to use and we make designs based on the one we randomly choose. Our latest theme was "Greek" with gold and green, so I altered the Grecian key pattern and used my trusty nail art foil." - Cindy of <a href="http://cindysnails.tumblr.com/">Cindy's Nails</a>

  • Essie Mesmerized

    "Blue is a great color for winter and I'm obsessed with pairing it with black -- which I wear daily. I've gotten so many compliments on this color!" - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raydene-salinas/">Raydene Salinas</a>, HuffPost Style photo editor/photgrapher

  • Essie Tangerine

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anya-strzemien/">Anya Strzemien</a>, HuffPost Style and Home executive editor

  • Color Lover Manicure

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JJLouis"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JJLouis">JJLouis</a>:<br />7 bottles. Pick a color, any color! Geometric, leopard, and glitter ... it's fun to mix it up. And there's no such thing as a mistake!

  • How to Get Adele's Louboutin Manicure

    Adele wowed the Grammy Awards with her Louboutin Manicure. In this new episode on #THIS, Elizabeth Holmes gets a celebrity manicure makeover from Patricia Yankee.

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