Spruce Up Your Desktop with 5 Creative Wallpaper Apps
For habitual (or obsessive) computer users, your desktop wallpaper is your home base. Not only does it signify the starting point of any task, project or undertaking, it also houses so much of your life from family photos to personal information and more. High resolution photos and artwork are great for beautifying your machine or motivating you (see: 2012 Resolutions Wallpaper), but there’s much more to your wallpaper that is just now being unlocked.
1. Satellite Eyes: This clever app uses the location services built into your Mac to update your desktop background to a high resolution, aerial view of your current location. Especially useful for when you find yourself in a foreign city or a strange part of town, Satellite Eyes can also help you better acquaint yourself with your current hometown.
If you ever feel like the view is too drab, switch to the artistic water color option. Still fully accurate to your current location, the watercolor feature adds a little more class to your overhead map.
2. Kuvva: Art lovers, rejoice! Kuvva brings you seven high-quality images from featured artists every week and the Kuvva app will cycle these wallpapers through on an hourly, daily, or manual basis.
Originally designed and released to jazz up tweeters' Twitter pages, Kuvva will even let you hold onto favorite art pieces to pull from at your convenience. The non-intrusive app sits in your computer’s top menu bar and gives you complete control of what image will take over as your wallpaper.
3. Wallcast: Personalization is a must when it comes to the image you see every time you open your laptop or wake up your desktop computer. Wallcast automatically puts together a wallpaper comprised of a sleek backdrop and a selection of your favorite photos (note: this isn't your parents' photo-covered fridge). Friends and family can send you photos for your wallpaper collage, too! And what would a tech innovation be without a mobile app? Wallcast’s iPhone app allows you to manage your collage and add to friends’ with just one touch.
4. Mach Desktop: The Mach Desktop launches your desktop wallpaper far into the future with enough features to make your head spin! The many “desklets” that the app includes are 100 percent customizable so your wallpaper can provide all the information you need while looking just the way you want. From an embedded RSS feed to a news runner to weather to moon cycles and everything between, Mach has it all. The app even includes twenty Quicktime movies! Now that beats the pants off the wallpaper your laptop came with. Sorry, Apple.
5. Desktop Wallpaper Construction Kit: This one is simple. If you like how your iPhone’s or iPad's app icons can be stacked with different background options but want to have the same appearance on your desktop, this is your ticket. The app comes loaded with scores of desktop shelving options sorted by style and by the amount of shelf space you need (there’s no shame in a cluttered desktop). You will, however, have to format your icons on the shelves on your own so be sure to disable the snap-to-grid feature.
Now that you’re fully equipped to give your desktop that much needed boost, what will you do? We’d love to see screenshots of your desktop. Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook, or leave us a note in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)