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A Splash Of Color For Misty Days (November 2021 Desktop Wallpapers Edition)

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November is just around the corner, and with it, a new collection of desktop wallpapers to celebrate the beginning of the month. Designed by creatives from all across the globe, they come in versions with and without a calendar. Let’s make November colorful!

A bit of colorful inspiration is always a good thing, don’t you think so? Especially in November, when the days tend to be rather gray in many parts of the world. To bring a splash of color and some good vibes to your desktops and home screens, artists and designers from across the globe once again tickled their creativity and designed beautiful and inspiring wallpapers to welcome the new month.

This monthly wallpapers challenge has been going on for more than ten years already, and we are very thankful to everyone who has put their creative skills to the test and contributed their artworks to it — back in the early days, just like today.

In this collection, you’ll find their wallpaper designs for November 2021. 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 timeless treasures from past November editions at the end of this post for you. Enjoy!

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Oldies But Goodies

World Kindness Day, mushroom season, or a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich — a lot of things have inspired the community to design a November wallpaper in all those years that we’ve been running this monthly series. Below you’ll find a little wallpapers best-of from past editions. Maybe you’ll spot one of your almost-forgotten favorites in there, too? (Please note that these designs don’t come with a calendar.)

International Civil Aviation Day

“On December 7, we mark International Civil Aviation Day, celebrating those who prove day by day that the sky really is the limit. As the engine of global connectivity, civil aviation is now, more than ever, a symbol of social and economic progress and a vehicle of international understanding. This monthly calendar is our sign of gratitude to those who dedicate their lives to enabling everyone to reach their dreams.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Mushroom Season!

The Kind Soul

Time To Give Thanks

“This November, we are inspired by the nature around us and the universe above us, so we created an out-of-this-world calendar. Now, let us all stop for a second and contemplate on preserving our forests, let us send birds of passage off to warmer places, and let us think to ourselves — if not on Earth, could we find a home somewhere else in outer space?” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

“Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s certain things that always make the harvest season special. As a Floridian, I’m a big fan of any signs that the weather might be cooling down soon, too!” — Designed by Dorothy Timmer from the United States.

Deer Fall, I Love You!

Designed by Maria Porter from the United States.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

“November is the Peanut Butter Month so I decided to make a wallpaper around that. As everyone knows peanut butter goes really well with some jelly so I made two sandwiches, one with peanut butter and one with jelly. Together they make the best combination. I also think peanut butter tastes pretty good so that’s why I chose this for my wallpaper.” — Designed by Senne Mommens from Belgium.

“The design of trees has always fascinated me. Each one has it’s own unique entanglement of branches. With or without leaves they are always intriguing. Take some time to enjoy the trees around you — and the one on this wallpaper if you’d like!” — Designed by Rachel Litzinger from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Real Artists Ship

“A tribute to Steve Jobs, from the crew at Busy Building Things.” Designed by Andrew Power from Canada.

Running Through Autumn Mist

Little Mademoiselle P

“Black-and-white drawing of a little girl.” Designed by Jelena Tšekulajeva from Estonia.

November Nights On Mountains

Hello World, Happy November!

“I often read messages at Smashing Magazine from the people in the southern hemisphere ‘it’s spring, not autumn!’ so I’d liked to design a wallpaper for the northern and the southern hemispheres. Here it is, northerners and southerns, hope you like it!” — Designed by Agnes Swart from the Netherlands.

“I designed some Halloween characters and then this idea came to my mind — a bat family hanging around in the moonlight. A cute and scary mood is just perfect for autumn.” — Designed by Carmen Eisendle from Germany.

Welcome Home Dear Winter

“The smell of winter is lingering in the air. The time to be home! Winter reminds us of good food, of the warmth, the touch of a friendly hand, and a talk beside the fire. Keep calm and let us welcome winter.” — Designed by Acodez IT Solutions from India.

“I don’t know anyone who hasn’t enjoyed a cold night looking at the stars.” — Designed by Ema Rede from Portugal.

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