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Finding Inspiration In The Simple Things (July 2020 Wallpapers Edition)

      What could be a better way to welcome July than with some colorful inspiration? Well, we might have something for you: wallpapers created with love by artists and designers from across the globe.

      The smell of rain after a hot day, watching the moon rise on a summer night’s sky, going for a swim — often it’s the simple experiences that inspire us and that we treasure most. No matter what July will have in store for you this year, our new batch of wallpapers is bound to cater for some colorful inspiration along the way.

      More than nine years ago, we started out on this wallpapers adventure to bring you beautiful and inspiring wallpapers every month. It’s a community effort, made possible by artists and designers from all across the globe who challenge their creative skills and contribute their artworks to it. Just like this month.

      In this post you’ll find their wallpapers for July 2020. All of them come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. As a little bonus goodie, we also compiled some favorites from past July editions at the end of this post. Maybe you’ll discover one of your almost-forgotten favorites in there, too? A huge thank-you to everyone who shared their artworks with us this month — we sincerely appreciate it! Happy July!

      • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
      • 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 through 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.

      Submit your wallpaper

      Did you know that you could get featured in one of our upcoming wallpapers posts, too? We are always looking for creative talent, so if you have an idea for a wallpaper for August, please don’t hesitate to submit it. We’d love to see what you’ll come up with. Join in! →

      Birdie July

      Designed by Lívi Lénárt from Hungary.

      Birdie July

      Strive For Progress, Not Perfection

      “I created this wallpaper as a daily reminder that it’s better to take one small step towards my goal every day than to do nothing at all out of fear that it won’t be perfect. I hope you enjoy it and it helps you keep motivated every day!” — Designed by Andrew from the United States.

      Strive For Progress, Not Perfection

      Plastic Whale

      “The growing amount of plastic pollution in our rivers, seas, and oceans can have a devastating effect on marine wildlife both large and small. Plastic bags are known to stay in the oceans for about 450 years before beginning to degrade. I was inspired by illustrator Kerby Rosanes’ ‘geometric beasts’ series and created my own version to convey this message.” — Designed by Aysha Samrin from Vancouver.

      Plastic Whale

      It’s Getting Hot

      Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

      It’s Getting Hot

      Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford!

      “This month, we’re paying tribute to the legendary actor Harrison Ford, who turns 78 on July 13th! A woodworker and an aspiring actor, during the 70s Ford did carpentry works in the homes of some of the leading film directors and producers, thus crossing paths with Star Wars director George Lucas. It proved to be a defining moment that would shape not only Ford’s life but cinematography in general. Ford portrayed Han Solo in several of the franchise’s installments, leaving an indelible mark through his friendship with Chewbacca and love with princess Leia. After more than five decades of a successful and immaculate career, award-winning and acclaimed roles, and a life away from the public eye, Harrison Ford remains one of the best, most versatile, and prolific actors of our era, relishing his two favorite hobbies - flying and carpentry - as well as impressing us with each new movie to come.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

      Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford!

      Majestic Moon

      “A few weeks ago, I drove the street at night and saw the moon just dipping the horizon. It appeared to be bigger than usual and it was so majestic. It was a really amazing moment that inspired me to create this wallpaper. Keep your mind and eyes open. Enjoy nature whenever you can!” — Designed by Kai Böker from Germany.

      Majestic Moon

      Happy International Kissing Day

      “Celebrating kissing day in a Corona period requires attention. #staysafe” — Designed by Nathalie Lansbergen from the Netherlands.

      Happy International Kissing Day

      Bloom Where You Are Planted

      “I was thrilled to catch this perfect moment of my blooming sunflower.” — Designed by Monica Barron from New Jersey.

      Bloom Where You Are Planted

      Global Day Of Parents

      “This is the day in which people all over the world get the chance to say thank you to their parents (and parental figures) for the often thankless tasks they undertake for their kids. It’s a day to say ‘Thank you, I know I put you through a lot but I do appreciate it!’.” — Designed by Ever Increasing Circles from the United Kingdom.

      Global Day Of Parents

      Oldies But Goodies

      Our wallpapers archives are full of timeless treasures that are just too good to be forgotten. So here’s a small selection of favorites from past July editions. Enjoy! (Please note that these designs don’t come with a calendar.)

      Hello, Strawberry Sundae!

      “Is there anything more refreshing (and more delicious!) than a strawberry sundae on a hot summer day? Well, we don’t think so. And did you know that strawberry celebration is on its way in the U.S. Oh, yes! July 7th is the National Strawberry Sundae Day, and we predict that it’s going to be sweet and yummy. So, make your favorite dessert and start preparing yourself for the festive July days.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

      Hello, Strawberry Sundae!

      Floral Thing

      “The wallpaper which I created consists of my personal sketches of Polish herbs and flowers. I wanted it to be light and simple with a hint of romantic feeling. I hope you’ll enjoy it!” — Designed by Beata Kurek from Poland.

      Smashing Desktop Wallpapers - July 2012

      Keep Moving Forward

      “Snails can be inspiring! If you keep heading towards your goal, even if it is just tiny steps, enjoy the journey and hopefully it will be worth the effort.” — Designed by Glynnis Owen from Australia.

      Keep Moving Forward

      Alentejo Plain

      “Based in the Alentejo region, in the south of Portugal, where there are large plains used for growing wheat. It thus represents the extensions of the fields of cultivation and their simplicity. Contrast of the plain with the few trees in the fields. Storks that at this time of year predominate in this region, being part of the Alentejo landscape and mentioned in the singing of Alentejo.” — Designed by José Guerra from Portugal.

      Alentejo Plain

      July Rocks!

      Designed by Joana Moreira from Portugal.

      July Rocks!

      Riding In The Drizzle

      “Rain has come, showering the existence with new seeds of life. Everywhere life is blooming, as if they were asleep and the falling music of raindrops have awakened them. Feel the drops of rain. Feel this beautiful mystery of life. Listen to its music, melt into it.” — Designed by DMS Software from India.

      Riding In The Drizzle

      Save The Tigers

      “Global Tiger Day, often called International Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on July 29. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.” — Designed by Athulya from Calicut.

      Save The Tigers

      Cactus Hug

      Designed by Ilaria Bagnasco from Italy.

      Cactus Hug

      Heated Mountains

      “Warm summer weather inspired the color palette.” — Designed by Marijana Pivac from Croatia.

      Heated Mountains

      Summer Cannonball

      “Summer is coming in the northern hemisphere and what better way to enjoy it than with watermelons and cannonballs.” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico.

      Summer Cannonball

      Tropical Lilies

      “I enjoy creating tropical designs, they fuel my wanderlust and passion for the exotic. Instantaneously transporting me to a tropical destination.” — Designed by Tamsin Raslan from the United States.

      Tropical Lilies

      Eternal Summer

      “And once you let your imagination go, you find yourself surrounded by eternal summer, unexplored worlds and all-pervading warmth, where there are no rules of physics and colors tint the sky under your feet.” — Designed by Ana Masnikosa from Belgrade, Serbia.

      Eternal Summer

      A Flamboyance Of Flamingos

      “July in South Africa is dreary and wintery so we give all the southern hemisphere dwellers a bit of colour for those grey days. And for the northern hemisphere dwellers a bit of pop for their summer!” — Designed by Wonderland Collective from South Africa.

      A Flamboyance Of Flamingos

      Summermoon

      Designed by Erik Neumann from Germany.

      Summermoon

      July Flavor

      Designed by Natalia Szendzielorz from Poland.

      July Flavour

      Summer Heat

      Designed by Xenia Latii from Berlin, Germany.

      Summer Heat