Stories Of September (2021 Desktop Wallpapers Edition)

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Quick summary ↬ New month, new wallpapers! In this post, you’ll find inspiring wallpaper designs for September 2021. They were created with love by artists and designers from across the globe and are available with and without a calendar. Enjoy!

September is just around the corner, and, well, that means... it’s time for some new wallpapers! Since more than ten years now, our monthly wallpapers series is the perfect opportunity for artists and designers from all across the world to challenge their creative skills and dive into a little project just for fun. Telling the story they want to tell, using the tools they love. This always makes for an exciting and unique collection of wallpapers each month anew. And, of course, this month is no exception.

In this post, you’ll find wallpaper designs for September 2021, created with love by the community for the community. All of them are available in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. A big thank-you to everyone who shared their artworks with us — this post wouldn’t exist without you!

Last but not least, to cater for some extra variety, we also compiled a little best-of from past September editions at the end of this post. Enjoy!

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  • 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.

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Finding The Balance

“One evening last week I felt a little stressed, so I decided to have a short walk outside. When I went out of the door, I saw two young hares jumping around, and a bat which flew just over my head. I sat down on a garden chair and watched while Jupiter slowly rose above the trees. The crisp air of the autumn night reminded me of how the seasons keep changing. Here in Finland the differences between seasons are extremely large, as both the temperatures and the duration of sunlight vary a lot. However, twice a year on the equinoxes everything is in balance. I hope we all can find the same balance in our own lives.” — Designed by Tuomas Karjalainen from Finland.

Finding The Balance

Sunny September

“September greets us and invites us to enjoy warm and sunny days.” — Designed by LibraFire from Serbia.

Sunny September

Wine Harvest Season

“Welcome to the wine harvest season in Serbia. It’s September, and the hazy sunshine bathes the vines on the slopes of Fruška Gora. Everything is ready for the making of Bermet, the most famous wine from Serbia. This spiced wine was a favorite of the Austro-Hungarian elite and was served even on the Titanic. Bermet’s recipe is a closely guarded secret, and the wine is produced by just a handful of families in the town of Sremski Karlovci, near Novi Sad. On the other side of Novi Sad, plains of corn and sunflower fields blend in with the horizon, catching the last warm sun rays of this year.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Wine Harvest Season

Back To Business

“They say September is known as the January in the fashion industry. And they’re not the only ones hitting the reset button! Kids go back to school and the workforce returns from their holidays. It takes extra effort to balance all the workload we seem to have forgotten about during the carefree summer days… But we can do it! ActiveCollab wishes you a smooth September.” — Designed by ActiveCollab from the United States.

Back To Business

Go Bananas

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Go Bananas

Labor Day

“On September 6th, it’s time to celebrate the backbone of the economy, namely workers! A day to celebrate all the hard work, toil, and commitment day in and day out.” — Designed by Ever Increasing Circles from the United Kingdom.

Labor Day

Evening In Monaco

Designed by Viktor Hanacek from Czechia.

Evening In Monaco

Meets For Speed

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Meets For Speed
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Oldies But Goodies

Below you’ll find a selection of September wallpapers from our archives that are just too good to be forgotten. Please note that these designs don’t come with a calendar.

Weekend Relax

“Since we are mostly staying in this summer, I’m looking forward for the weekend to enjoy drinks with friends!” — Designed by Robert from the United States.

Weekend Relax

Terrazzo

“With the end of summer and fall coming soon, I created this terrazzo pattern wallpaper to brighten up your desktop. Enjoy this month!” — Designed by Melissa Bogemans from Belgium.

Terrazzo

Better Days Ahead

“A hopeful message we all need right now.” — Designed by Andrew from Portugal.

Better Days Ahead

Flower Soul

“The earth has music for those who listen. Take a break and relax and while you drive out the stress, catch a glimpse of the beautiful nature around you. Can you hear the rhythm of the breeze blowing, the flowers singing, and the butterflies fluttering to cheer you up? We dedicate flowers which symbolize happiness and love to one and all.” — Designed by Krishnankutty from India.

Flower Soul

Autumn Rains

“This autumn, we expect to see a lot of rainy days and blues, so we wanted to change the paradigm and wish a warm welcome to the new season. After all, if you come to think of it: rain is not so bad if you have an umbrella and a raincoat. Come autumn, we welcome you!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Autumn Rains

Summer Ending

“As summer comes to an end, all the creatures pull back to their hiding places, searching for warmth within themselves and dreaming of neverending adventures under the tinted sky of closing dog days.” — Designed by Ana Masnikosa from Belgrade, Serbia.

Summer Ending

Funny Cats

“Cats are beautiful animals. They’re quiet, clean, and warm. They’re funny and can become an endless source of love and entertainment. Here for the cats!” — Designed by UrbanUI from India.

Funny Cats

Finding Jaguar

“Nature and our planet have given us life, enabled us to enjoy the most wonderful place known to us in the universe. People have given themselves the right to master something they do not fully understand. We dedicate this September calendar to a true nature lover, Vedran Badjun from Dalmatia, Croatia, who inspires us to love our planet, live in harmony with it and appreciate all that it has to offer. Amazon, Siberia, and every tree or animal on the planet are treasures we lose every day. Let’s change that!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Finding Jaguar

Cacti Everywhere

“Seasons come and go, but our brave cactuses still stand. Summer is almost over, and autumn is coming, but the beloved plants don’t care.” — Designed by Lívia Lénárt from Hungary.

Cacti Everywhere

Summer Is Leaving

“It is inevitable. Summer is leaving silently. Let us think of ways to make the most of what is left of the beloved season.” — Designed by Bootstrap Dashboards from India.

Summer Is Leaving

Hungry

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Hungry

Summer Collapsed Into Fall

“The lands are painted gold lit with autumn blaze. And all at once the leaves of the trees started falling, but none of them are worried. Since, everyone falls in love with fall.” — Designed by Mindster from India.

Summer Collapsed Into Fall

Long Live Summer

“While September’s Autumnal Equinox technically signifies the end of the summer season, this wallpaper is for all those summer lovers, like me, who don’t want the sunshine, warm weather and lazy days to end.” — Designed by Vicki Grunewald from Washington.

Long Live Summer

Listen Closer… The Mushrooms Are Growing

“It’s this time of the year when children go to school and grown-ups go to collect mushrooms.” — Designed by Igor Izhik from Canada.

Listen Closer… The Mushrooms Are Growing…

#Spring

“Such a lovely time of the year in Melbourne!” — Designed by Tazi from Australia.

#Spring

Never Stop Exploring

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Never Stop Exploring

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