Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2017

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New year, new beginnings! To cater for a fresh start into 2017 and all the challenges, endeavors and adventures it might bring along, artists and designers from across the globe put their creative skills to the test and created unique desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in.

New year, new beginnings! To cater for a fresh start into 2017 and all the challenges, endeavors and adventures it might bring along, artists and designers from across the globe put their creative skills to the test and created unique desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in.

This monthly wallpapers mission has been going on for eight years now, and we are very thankful to all the creative minds who contribute to it tirelessly each month anew. Today’s wallpapers all come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. Happy New Year!

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Angel In Snow

Designed by Brainer from Ukraine.

Angel in Snow!

Colorful 2017

“As 2016 ends, we head to a new beginning where hopefully the best is yet to come. Happy 2017!” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico.

Colorful 2017

A New Start

“The new year brings hope, festivity, lots and lots of resolutions, and many more goals that need to be achieved. This wallpaper is based on the idea of ‘A New Start’.” — Designed by Damn Perfect from India.

A New Start

Happy Hot Tea Month

“You wake me up to a beautiful day; lift my spirit when I’m feeling blue. When I’m home you relieve me of the long day’s stress. You help me have a good time with my loved ones; give me company when I’m all alone. You’re none other than my favourite cup of hot tea.” — Designed by Acodez IT Solutions from India.

Happy Hot Tea Month!

Love Makes You Warm

“Following the busy Christmas season, the cold and boring January comes, love is one thing, what can make us warm for sure!” — Designed by Barbara Dörnyei from Hungary.

Love makes you warm!

Hello Summer In Australia

Designed by Tazi Designs from Australia.

Hello Summer in Australia!

Summer Celebration

“Summer in Australia is about sun and the beach - which inspired the colours I have used. It is a wonderful celebration of the ending on one year and the beginning of another. I hope my illustration inspires this feeling of the celebration of rebirth and growth.” — Designed by Katherine Appleby from Australia.

Summer Celebration

The Year Of The Rooster

“2017 is the year of the rooster according to the Chinese horoscope, which begins January 28, 2017. The rooster being the sign of dawn and awakening, triumph and success can only be achieved at the price of hard work and patience in 2017.” — Designed by Lucas Debelder from Belgium.

2017 - The Year Of The Rooster

New Beginnings

“2016 was an exciting year, many things happened and changed our world. In the coming year of 2017, we wish all to be more successful, to love and be loved, and to look into the future holding hands with your better half. Let every day in January be smashing for you. Happy New Year, everybody!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

New Beginnings

Fire Rooster

“Inspired by the upcoming year of the Fire Rooster.” — Designed by Lia Pantazi from Greece.

Year of the Rooster.


Designed by Ana Masnikosa from Belgrade, Serbia.


Travel And Explore

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. (Leonardo da Vinci)” — Designed by Dipanjan Karmakar from India.

Travel & Explore

The Rooster Wishes You A Happy New Year

“2017 is the year of the rooster, so I made a wallpaper with a rooster on it. I myself have 8 chickens at home but no rooster, so maybe we could buy one this year to celebrate the year of the rooster. Happy New Year to everyone!” — Designed by Melissa Bogemans from Belgium.

The rooster wishes you a happy New Year!

Happy Birthday A. A. Milne

“I love Winnie the Pooh! January 18th marks A.A. Milne’s 135th birthday, the creator of Winnie the Pooh. I have included one of my favourite quotes to symbolize what an inspiration his stories have been to both kids and adults.” — Designed by Safia Begum from United Kingdom.

Happy Birthday A. A. Milne!

Ice Crime

Designed by Doud - Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Ice Crime

The Worried Weighing Scales

“Most of us have over-indulged a little over the holiday period - spare a thought for our bathroom scales, who will have much heavier people standing on them for the next few months!” — Designed by James Mitchell from United Kingdom.

The Worried Weighing Scales

Wake Up, It Is Time To Study

“Sitting on a chair before my desk playing video games when a friend called me to ask something about the exams. Then I realized that I have one more week to study before the first exam begins. So wake up guys! It is time to study!” — Designed by Robert Vaida from Belgium.

Wake up! It is time to study

Angels Of Heaven

“January is a month of cold winter days. Whenever I hear ‘January’, the first thing that comes to my mind are long sleepy winter nights, cause these days are the most comfortable for sleeping. It gives me the feeling of a baby from heaven sleeping comfortably.” — Designed by Swapnil Chavan from India.

Angels Of Heaven

The Tree

“Before reaching the spring it is necessary to go through the intense cold of winter.” — Designed by Ana Travassos from Portugal.

The tree

Let’s Do Great Things Together

“I choose a typographic wallpaper for the mont January to clearly emphasize my message to the world. We need to make this upcoming year a better year than 2016 and and we can only achieve that if we stand together and try making the best of it.” — Designed by Thomas Debelder from Belgium.

Let's do great things together!

Observing Cat

“I took a shot of this cat while she was observing the world on a chilly sunny day.” — Designed by Marija Zaric from Belgrade, Serbia.

Observing Cat

It Shines

“January represents a new beginning, a new chance to start over. This wallpaper is made to charge everyone with energy and to remember that smiling everyday does make the difference.” — Designed by Rodrigo Flores from Costa Rica.

It shines!

Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!

What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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