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desktop wallpapers for computersWhen it comes to the look and feel of your desktop, the wallpaper plays a big part. You’ll probably be staring at your wallpaper whenever you’re not surfing around in your browser, and since your desktop is basically your computer’s symbolic home, you should make it feel like a home.

This is especially true for Ubuntu users, where the Unity interface takes most of its colors from whatever wallpaper is currently selected. Personally, I find simple wallpapers to be effective while not being distracting or confusing.

So where can you get them? Here’s my top three places I visit whenever I’m in the need for a new wallpaper.

SimpleDesktops.com

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SimpleDesktops.com is arguably the most popular site when it comes to simple wallpapers, and with reason. This site is also my all-time favorite place to go, as the wallpapers they offer are often extremely minimalistic, usually creative, and sometimes even funny. Their collection is rather large, and it receives new additions continuously. Even better, SimpleDesktops.com offers a Mac application so it’s super easy for those people to browse the collection and apply whichever wallpapers they’d like. The application lives in your menu bar, with very simple preferences to configure and support for keyboard shortcuts.

Vladstudio

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Last but not least are the desktop wallpapers over at Vladstudio. I absolutely love the wallpapers which can be found here because they are all highly creative and look very, very good. Again, these aren’t quite as minimalistic as the wallpapers at SimpleDesktops.com, but I don’t think many people would mind after taking a look at what Vladstudio has to offer. All of the available wallpapers are offered in many different resolutions, including an astounding 2880 x 1800 pixels — that should keep the Macbook Pro with Retina display users happy. The wallpapers are also available for mobile devices, including your iOS ones, as well as for 2- and 3-monitor configurations. In other words, it’s quite difficult for you to have a setup which Vladstudio doesn’t have a wallpaper made for.

High Definition Wallpapers

desktop wallpapers for computers
My next pick is High Definition Wallpapers. While the site as a whole is known for wallpapers in general, if you type in “simple” into the search box, you’ll soon find a nice selection of more simple wallpapers. While these simple wallpapers aren’t quite as minimalistic as those found on SimpleDesktops.com, they are still very pleasing and clean wallpapers. The selection is decently sized, as the search returns 13 pages of wallpapers at the time of this writing. Even if you can’t find anything after searching for “simple”, there’s still plenty of others you can find in the whole site as it currently boasts well over 300,000 wallpapers. The best part? All of them have a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Conclusion

I’m sure there are a number of other places which offer good wallpapers, but there aren’t nearly as many which provide quality “simple” ones. These three are the ones I trust the most, so I know without a doubt I’ll happily find the perfect simple wallpaper from one of those three. If you’re on the hunt for great quality wallpapers, I absolutely suggest that you give them a try.

Where do you get your wallpapers from? What type of wallpapers do you usually prefer? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credit: Pablo Fernández

  1. Dennis
    December 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    The websites http://www.fullhddesktops.com & http://www.1080wallpapers.com are great websites too, with full hd wallpapers with the resolution 1920×1080.

  2. Thom Grez
    November 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    My favourite wallpaper site:
    http://wallpaper-backgrounds.net

    Just HD resolution wallpapers and if you want to download one, the wallpaper will automatically resized for your screen. Awesome!

    Have nice day and thanks for the article! :)

  3. Matt
    August 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    +1 for Vladstudio is great Source ! Thx for sharing ;)

    regards

    Matt
    Free Wallpapers

  4. Ale Bendersky
    July 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Love the idea and especially simpledesktop.com

  5. Charlie Player
    July 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    awesome wallpaper and website i downloaded for my pc

  6. Normalidad
    July 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Loved Vladstudio, been a while looking for a site like that, thanks a lot.

  7. FaceLiftMonkey
    July 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

    you forgot interfacelift.com

    • Danny Stieben
      July 30, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Haven't heard of it, but I'll check it out!

  8. Wiwka Masyuka
    July 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I am glad to see that Vladstudio wallpapers are among the best

  9. Humza Aamir
    July 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    simpledesktops is brilliant. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. slywlf
    July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I kinda liked a few at Vladstudio, but I'm not financially inclined to pay for the privilege. Most of my wallpaper is free, usually pictures I find and download or in many cases pictures I personally take and download. I also have an extensive slideshow collection for my screensaver. Set on shuffle it makes an entertaining show for the few minutes it is permitted to run before auto-sleep kicks in to save energy ;-)

    • Danny Stieben
      July 30, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Great setup! Vladstudio only charges for certain resolutions, so if you're fine with a little bit of rescaling you can still use them. :)

  11. Ryashini Krish
    July 27, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Last but not least are the desktop wallpapers over at Vladstudio......

    My next pick is High Definition Wallpapers......

    ???

    • Danny Stieben
      July 30, 2012 at 1:16 am

      Oh, sorry about that! I had them in the other order at first, but chose to switch them. Forgot to change the intro sentences.

  12. Victor Kang
    July 27, 2012 at 3:55 am

    great sites

  13. kura
    July 27, 2012 at 2:55 am

    i usually search mine on wallbase.cc but currently i am using patterns wallpapers from subtlepatterns.com

    • Danny Stieben
      July 30, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Thanks for the tip, kura!

  14. Richard Borkovec
    July 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    SimpleDesktops is also my favorite. My wallpaper right now is from there (is just recolored to make it more fitting for my theme).

  15. Andrei Anikin
    July 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    +1 for simpledesktop, simply gorgeous! thanks!

  16. Gian Singh
    July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    wall.alphacoders.com is another good one

  17. Gian Singh
    July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    wall.alphacoders.com is another good one

  18. Gideon Pioneer
    July 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Vladstudio is better for me than Simple Desktops because they offer the wallpapers in different resolutions and aspect ratios. Simple Desktop only offers one resolution for the wallpapers.

    However with Vladstudios there is an annoying watermark on the lower right of every wallpaper

    • Shakirah Faleh Lai
      July 27, 2012 at 3:04 am

      Yeah, I agree with you Vladstudio is better for me than Simple Desktops.

    • Danny Stieben
      July 30, 2012 at 1:14 am

      They do? I'm using one of their wallpapers right now and I don't see one.

  19. lasker
    July 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    loved simpledesktop, really simple and amazing wallpapers..

    • Gideon Pioneer
      July 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Same here! Thanks, Danny, for bringing these sites to light. Vladstudio has some nice ones as well :)

      • Danny Stieben
        July 30, 2012 at 1:14 am

        They do! I actually only discovered them fairly recently, which makes me feel like I've been missing out. :P

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