Having a beautiful desktop background can be a fantastic motivator – unfortunately it can be difficult to sort the great from the ghastly when it comes to wallpaper design. To make the search easier, we’ve hand picked a selection of 50 stunning desktop images for your viewing pleasure.
I’ve split the collection down into a few different categories for easier browsing; Apple & Technology, Design & Typography, Abstract, and Nature & Architecture. Do let me know if you have any other favorites which I’ve missed!
Apple & Technology Wallpapers
The Apple logo on a cold, wooden backdrop.
A wooden, colorful, Apple logo on a simple background.
Colorful stripes with a subtle Apple logo and some chocolaty goo!
Simply gorgeous colours with a lens flare effect behind the Apple logo.
Ever wondered what it would be like to have an Apple logo stitched onto your denim?
A wonderful leather-y texture for this wallpaper, also available without the Apple logo.
A simple wooden texture, embedded Apple logo, and some spotlights from above
Classic and subtle, something you’d expect from Apple themselves.
A pack of 11 different wooden Apple styled wallpapers.
A valentines tribute to Apple, with a fantastic play on the iconic logo. I used this as a desktop background for several months, and it’s very easy on the eye.
The alternative Leopard wallpaper for the OS X Server – arguably better than the default.
A scary concept, but a wonderful depiction. Dreaming of your Mac could be a sign you need to take a break…
A simple texture with a small, classic Apple tag in the lower left corner.
A lovely play on the colorful, splashy iPod adverts with a darker twist.
There are no guarantees that you’ll be able to conquer the universe just by applying this wallpaper. But it will look nice.
Aqua-licious, subtle and watery. Ridiculous adjectives but a wonderful wallpaper.
A refreshing change from the typical glossy Apple desktop.
A depiction of what it would look like to Spotlight search for the Apple logo.
Design & Typography Wallpapers
A wonderful type design from the I Love Typography collection.
Another from the I Love Typography collection – do check out the rest.
A great combination of typography, texture and colour.
An old wallpaper, but still looking good and chocolaty.
Some cute and curious designs for a freelancer’s desktop.
Angles and warm colours give this one a really unique look.
A stab at the clip-art generation, depicted in typical Veerle style.
A design tangle, with a stunning set of colors.
Contemplating a set of design-related words, with a lovely image.
A beautiful depiction of colour, smashing into your desktop.
A selection of four different styles from ColourCharge
It’s time for some fresh, dynamic colors for your desktop.
Wonderful orange swooshes and swirls, in a variety of different sizes.
Depicting each of nature’s elements in an abstract manner.
An explosion of colour.
An odd concept, but it somehow works. Keeps your Mac warm too…
A great abstract rendering, with many more fantastic desktop graphics on the same site.
There’s something typically Apple about this one, but with a completely different texture.
I’m not usually a fan of dark wallpapers such as this, but it works very well.
A great lens flare effect with vibrant colors.
Nature & Architecture Wallpapers
Gorgeous photo manipulation, and one lucky tree.
Can’t help thinking that it would make a brilliant office!
Nature never does go out of style – great adaptation.
Containing a wide range of different nature-related desktops.
Wouldn’t mind going for a walk through this place, a perfectly exposed shot.
Good use of colour, and a great concept.
Originally designed for Windows Vista, there are some great images in here (go on, at least click the link – it’s not typical a Windows affair!)
A great landmark in an abstract situation – particularly patriotic for UK readers.
I love the attention to detail in this one, a great ‘space’ style desktop.
It really screams ‘Windows’ to me, but the colours are so vivid – it’s a great photograph.
Tracking the changing days and seasons – would be perfect if the reflection was a little more subtle…
Idyllic, warm and a great distraction from wherever you’re working.