6 Places to Find a Gorgeous New Mac Wallpaper

Everyone has an inherent fascination with desktop wallpapers. Operating system developers spend a long time shipping the perfect set with a new OS release, even commissioning photographers to shoot suitable, vivid images.

We’ve certainly covered wallpapers in the past – rounding up gorgeous Mac wallpapers, a selection of iPhone backgrounds, and even running our own wallpaper competition. Today we’re looking at 7 different places to find your own wallpaper inspiration. Hopefully you’ll find something you like!

1. Vladstudio

This is always my first port of call when looking for a new wallpaper. It’s regularly updated, with a huge archive of fantastic old designs. You’ll generally find hand drawn illustrative work, but done in a minimal way that always looks good on your desktop.

Vladstudio also have a fun iPhone app available, for creating puzzles from their wallpapers.

2. Interface Lift

Interface Lift is a good resource if you’re looking for a photography based wallpaper. You may need to dig around for a while to find something really exceptional, but there are plenty of ways to filter designs and browse only those available at a high resolution.

They have a good selection of two and three-monitor wallpapers for those with big, creative Mac setups, and also a range of different themes and icons.

3. Simple Desktops

Simple Desktops is – as you’d expect – a place to find a very minimal design for your computer wallpaper. Don’t expect anything fancy, but you will be treated to some really well thought through, simple illustration work. Wallpapers are contributed by different designers, and it’s updated fairly regularly.

4. Mandolux

Mandolux is the most unusual site of all those featured here, and is really frustrating to navigate (lacking any form of thumbnails for wallpapers). That said, some of the photographic wallpapers on offer are very impressive.

Almost every image is produced in a super-widescreen format for spreading across multiple displays. If you’d like to have one large image displayed seamlessly across both of your monitors, this is definitely a good place to start.

5. Iconpaper & Prettify

These two blogs are both fantastic places to find a regular stream of high-quality design work. Featured downloads are often wallpapers, but also include icons, and themes for various apps.

It’s worth subscribing to both of these for a fresh, regular dose of desktop inspiration. They’ll point you to some of exemplary work on sites such as DeviantArt, and those mentioned above.

6. DeviantArt

Finally, we come to one of the largest wallpaper resources on the web. Deviant Art is an enormous catalog of digital artwork, covering every different style and genre imaginable. Clicking the link above will conveniently take you to the wallpaper section, where you’ll find thousands of different designs to download.

There are some very talented artists on Deviant Art, but also a huge number of novices producing designs that you probably wouldn’t want to grace your desktop. If you’re happy to spend a while sifting through wallpapers, you’ll be sure to find a few real gems. If you’d prefer a “quick fix”, I’d recommend trying the above sites first.


I hope this quick collection of different websites and resources goes some way towards brightening up your desktop. You’ll always be sure to find a few designs that take your fancy at the above sites, and be sure to bookmark this page for future use (I already have!).

If you use or prefer any other resources, please do share them in the comments. I’m a sucker for a beautiful wallpaper!


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  • Shweet!! Some new ones that I don’t use, always a good thing! Thanks for the interesting article.

  • Prettify was new to me. Thanks!

  • zixpk.com has a lot of nice walls.

  • Big fan of Vladstudio, InterfaceLift & DeviantArt! Thanks for pointing out a few of the others =)

  • Vladstudio is definitely my go to place. Got a lifetime membership and is definitely worth it!

  • You forgot the Desktopography…

    • …I was just about to say. Desktopography has been my go-to place for wallpapers for years. Unbeatable quality there.

      • Totally agree, each year I find there the most beautiful wallpapers, in nearly every size, and quality.

  • Bit harsh on deviantART there, sort by popularity, loads of gems!
    Good list though. I like to mix up my wallpaper a lot.

  • Yes, Prettify was a cool find, ..Momilli’s was awesome

  • Great Post, I’m always trying to find good quality simple desktop wallpapers. Simple Desktops is my new favourite site.

  • thanks for the links
    don’t forget http://pixelgirlpresents.com/
    they have great wallpaper collection too.

    • I love pixelgirl!

  • Hey, thanks for featuring Vladstudio! I appreciate it :-) Small note about the difference: 2 sites (vladstudio and mandolux) are personal sites (created by one person), while the other sites are “galleries” (that collect works of others). For example, I also host almost all my wallpapers at Deviantart.

  • You can also check out Mandolux on his flickr feed… Not sure if everything makes it up there but I believe that most do…

  • Also, I like Anuli’s wallpapers:


  • Man, how could I forget about the vladstudio (when you asked about this on Twitter) – I have a life-long account bought years ago. Great, great wallpapers. Thanks for nudging me to get over there – downloading the puzzles iPhone app now.

  • Great to have!

  • Thanks for the links! The main image you used for this article is my current desktop right now – snap!

  • I missed desktopnexus.com.

  • really beautiful resources for MAC wallpapers.

  • i don’t support the name, this wallpaper will works in windows too, why you punt MAC only?

  • Here are 2 more sites with amazing wallpapers:

  • i really like prettify. nice share

  • Just a note, but desktopography.net has AMAZING wallpapers.

  • N-Design Studio has great stuff too…

  • Nice list.

    I use 7te.org and iconpaper most of the times.

  • But desktopography.net has AMAZING wallpapers.!!!!

  • The following time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I imply, I know it was my choice to read, but I really thought youd have one thing interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you might repair in case you werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

  • Here’s another great website for wallpapers http://wallbase.cc/start/