40 Fresh and Colorful Patterns to Spice Up Your Designs: 2012 Edition

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Patterns are everywhere around us. In art, patterns are an important medium of expression. Is a pattern worth more than a thousand words? We can leave that discussion for later, but it’s certain that patterns do liven up everything they’re applied to. Patterns can be used for nearly everything from website backgrounds to your phone case, for example. For this roundup we’ve prepared 40 fresh, colorful and jovial patterns from this year that’ll conjure up the mood of summer.

1. 25 Seamless Pixel Patterns for Photoshop

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25 incredibly versatile, easy to use patterns that make a brilliant addition to a plain background.

2. Morning Coffee Pattern

Morning-coffee-free-photoshop-patterns

A retro and coffee-flavored pattern in vector and Photoshop (.pat) format.

3. 11 Light Subtle Patterns

Light-subtle-free-photoshop-patterns

A super-handy set of subtle patterns – great for giving backgrounds a little edge. The download includes the .pat file along with jpgs for quick and dirty use.

4. Geometric Patterns

Geometric-free-photoshop-patterns

A set of Subtle Seamless Geometric Pattern for you to download for free in .PNG and .PAT file format.

5. Jeans Pattern

Jeans-free-photoshop-patterns

Simple, easy to use jeans pattern (.pat).

6. Dark Wall

Dark-wall-free-photoshop-patterns

Simple dark wall pattern from SutblePatterns.

7. Escheresque

Escheresque-free-photoshop-patterns

Cubes as far as your eyes can see. You know, because they tile.

8. Plaid Pastel

Plaid-pastel-free-photoshop-patterns

Free seamless pattern with a tartan look.

9. Playing Cards Symbols Pattern

Playing-cards-free-photoshop-patterns

Attractive playing card pattern (.gif and .pat).

10. Plaid Pattern

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Plaid floral pattern in honour of summer. .gif and .pat.

11. Subtle Light Tile Pattern

Subtle-light-free-photoshop-patterns

These subtle light texture patterns are comprised of 4 light tile patterns ideal to create a subtle and original light web background for your next project.

12. Blue Geo

Blue-geo-free-photoshop-patterns

Free repeat pattern with a blue geometric theme.

13. Leaf Curls

Leaf-curls-free-photoshop-patterns

Seamless leaf curl pattern. You can modify the colors, scaling and design.

14. Daisy Chain

Daisy-chain-free-photoshop-patterns

Seamless flower pattern. You can modify the colors, scaling and design.

15. Sine Wave Tartan

Wave-tartan-free-photoshop-patterns

Seamless wave tartan pattern. You can modify the colors, scaling and design.

16. Seamless Grungy Beige Patterns

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6 seamless grungy beige patterns. It comes with a .pat file that you can easily generate any size pattern you want.

17. Seamless Grungy Heart And Flower Textures

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8 grungy heart and flower textures that come with several colour schemes and are totally repeatable.

18. Heart Pattern

Heart-free-photoshop-patterns

Heart pattern background is available in vector (.eps) and .jpeg format.

19. Victorian Wallpaper

Victorian-free-photoshop-patterns

Interesting pattern for various artwork since it’s a low-quality photograph.

20. Hearts and Peace

Hearts-peace-free-photoshop-patterns

Abstract and striking. Perfect for madly creative ideas.

21. Swirls

Swirls-free-photoshop-patterns

This is intentionally created for Facebook covers but there’s no limits in using such a great pattern.

22. Diamonds

Diamonds-free-photoshop-patterns

Diamonds. Pure diamonds.

23. Rose Pattern

Rose-free-photoshop-patterns

24. Pattern

Ornament-free-photoshop-patterns

25. Black and White Floral

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26. Light Green

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27. Hibiscus Stripe

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28. X

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29. Lovesong

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30. Warm Day

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31.

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32. For xxLynxx

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33. lonely as a cloud

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34. jacked up rainbow

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35. Damask seamless pattern

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Vector damask seamless pattern (.eps).

36. Flower pattern

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37. 1699

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38. Flower patterns

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Pack of 14 flower Photoshop patterns looks like tapesery.

39. SockHop

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40. Sutra

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Want more?

Colourlovers

Colourlovers-free-photoshop-patterns

You’ll find over 2 million user-created seamless patterns to use in your creative projects here. Absolutely best resource for free patterns.

print & pattern

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This is a website that celebrates the world of surface pattern design. A lot of artwork is showcased here.

PatternPeople

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Pattern People is a surface design studio founded by designers Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery who came together with a mutual appreciation of patterns and a shared vision. Collectively they bring their illustrations to all types of surfaces from fashion to interiors. They have a regulary updated blog which offers a lot of inspiration.

What do you think of these patterns and designs? Got any that we missed? Share with us in comments!

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19 Comments Best Comments First
  • Todd

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 17:37

    2

    Really slick, some of these – thanks for sharing.

    +3
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 17:59

      3

      Thanks Todd, which one is your own favorite?

      +2
      • Todd

        Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:03

        4

        Hey Dainis! I know you from Pinterest :) I am loving #13 the leaf curls, and #35 because I’m a sucker for a good damask pattern in black and white. I have a piece of damask fabric I use sometimes that looks similar to that, when I’m doing headshot portraits.

        -1
        • Dainis Graveris

          Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:52

          5

          Oh, that’s cool! What’s your pinterest username? :)

          Haha, that makes two of us! Always loving natural patterns coming from kinda real life. You are using fabric as background on photographies?

          0
  • Jack

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 10:05

    1

    What about licence? Can I take it for commercial using (prepareing web designs for clients)?

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:59

      6

      Jack, you need to visit each site directly to see their license, but generally all of those patterns are fully free for using. However it’s always nice to give link back if you use them as a way of saying thanks.

      +1
  • Abdul

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 23:08

    7

    O these are really cool.Great work!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012 06:33

      10

      Thanks Abdul for stopping by! Which one is your fave?

      0
      • Abdul

        Thursday, June 14th, 2012 11:59

        12

        My Favourite one is diamond.

        +1
  • Ivan Lara

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 04:54

    9

    Thank you for this post, great stuff!

    0
  • Adrian

    Monday, June 25th, 2012 06:23

    18

    Great collection! These will come in very handy when creating micro site – no to mention desktop backgrounds :)
    Bookmarked & Sharing.

    0
  • Kumar Kunal

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 23:15

    19

    Again a great collection of designs which can really change a normal site to an attractive looking site. Great post.

    0
  • Alicia

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 06:32

    15

    Thanks for the round-up! These are great for a little inspiration too.

    0
    • Andrew

      Sunday, June 17th, 2012 12:10

      17

      Colours are really very nice!

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 07:10

      16

      Thanks Alicia, glad you enjoyed it – yes, useful resources where you also inspire on your own ideas a bit too!

      0
  • Sanjeev

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 15:07

    13

    Fabulous post. Thank you..

    0
  • Jessica

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 00:46

    14

    Only one word. Awesome!
    This is a good post. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Daniel Nolan

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 04:21

    8

    As a web designer I often find myself creating my own textures and patterns to use for backgrounds to add that little extra creativity to my designs. Depending on the project and my clients brief, sometimes I will search to see what is out there. When I came across this blog I was pleasantly surprised with the range of different colourful patterns available, from the simplicity of some to the detail in others. Thanks for sharing this collection.

    -1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012 06:34

      11

      Thanks Daniel for kind comment! Did you notice author of this post also is named Daniel? :)

      Well, you can mix these techniques – inspire from other textures, patterns, modify them – create your own! Always helpful to get creative juices flowing or save when you have crisis in creativity!

      -1
  • Kumar Kunal

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 23:15

    19

    Again a great collection of designs which can really change a normal site to an attractive looking site. Great post.

    0
  • Adrian

    Monday, June 25th, 2012 06:23

    18

    Great collection! These will come in very handy when creating micro site – no to mention desktop backgrounds :)
    Bookmarked & Sharing.

    0
  • Alicia

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 06:32

    15

    Thanks for the round-up! These are great for a little inspiration too.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 07:10

      16

      Thanks Alicia, glad you enjoyed it – yes, useful resources where you also inspire on your own ideas a bit too!

      0
    • Andrew

      Sunday, June 17th, 2012 12:10

      17

      Colours are really very nice!

      0
  • Jessica

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 00:46

    14

    Only one word. Awesome!
    This is a good post. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Sanjeev

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 15:07

    13

    Fabulous post. Thank you..

    0
  • Ivan Lara

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 04:54

    9

    Thank you for this post, great stuff!

    0
  • Daniel Nolan

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 04:21

    8

    As a web designer I often find myself creating my own textures and patterns to use for backgrounds to add that little extra creativity to my designs. Depending on the project and my clients brief, sometimes I will search to see what is out there. When I came across this blog I was pleasantly surprised with the range of different colourful patterns available, from the simplicity of some to the detail in others. Thanks for sharing this collection.

    -1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012 06:34

      11

      Thanks Daniel for kind comment! Did you notice author of this post also is named Daniel? :)

      Well, you can mix these techniques – inspire from other textures, patterns, modify them – create your own! Always helpful to get creative juices flowing or save when you have crisis in creativity!

      -1
  • Abdul

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 23:08

    7

    O these are really cool.Great work!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012 06:33

      10

      Thanks Abdul for stopping by! Which one is your fave?

      0
      • Abdul

        Thursday, June 14th, 2012 11:59

        12

        My Favourite one is diamond.

        +1
  • Todd

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 17:37

    2

    Really slick, some of these – thanks for sharing.

    +3
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 17:59

      3

      Thanks Todd, which one is your own favorite?

      +2
      • Todd

        Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:03

        4

        Hey Dainis! I know you from Pinterest :) I am loving #13 the leaf curls, and #35 because I’m a sucker for a good damask pattern in black and white. I have a piece of damask fabric I use sometimes that looks similar to that, when I’m doing headshot portraits.

        -1
        • Dainis Graveris

          Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:52

          5

          Oh, that’s cool! What’s your pinterest username? :)

          Haha, that makes two of us! Always loving natural patterns coming from kinda real life. You are using fabric as background on photographies?

          0
  • Jack

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 10:05

    1

    What about licence? Can I take it for commercial using (prepareing web designs for clients)?

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:59

      6

      Jack, you need to visit each site directly to see their license, but generally all of those patterns are fully free for using. However it’s always nice to give link back if you use them as a way of saying thanks.

      +1

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