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Kiss your old wall goodbye this Wallpaper Wednesday

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, just ask your iPhone-carrying friends. Launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire launcher around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. In the meantime, we've got a few to give your home screen a lift.

Sakura Butterflies

Winter needs to fly away so the flowers can bloom.

Spring feels like it's already here in the South, but if you can't find the warmth of spring in your neck of the woods, take this warm wallpaper based on a design used in some kimonos. Warm icons packs and gold icon packs will work well here, but a new icon pack by MLV called Royale with an orange-purple color palette would click here nicely, too.

Sakura Butterflies Wallpaper

Beauty and the Beast

Who doesn't want a bit of true love on their home screen.

There's no shortage of gorgeous Beauty and the Beast artwork around, but this work by deviantart user umintsu tugs at the heartstrings in ways few do. This wallpaper works well with minimal and mixed home screens. You can zoom in from the border for a slightly cleaner look, and for icons, Gold or Navy colored variants in Glim and Golden Icons pair well with the work.

Beauty and the Beast by umintsu

Geometric Dusk

This cool-toned wallpaper soothes your eyes and adds a bit of serenity to the home screen.

Geometric wallpapers come in many shapes and styles, but this uneven design begs for a home screen to call home. This design doesn't care if you're rocking a minimal or heavy layout; it's ready to serve any style and size of screen, and can work with just about any icon pack you throw at it.

Geometric Dusk{.cta .large}

Arabian Nights

Arabian nights, like Arabian days...

This fractal wallpaper is mesmerizing, and it doesn't hurt that it's one of my favorite color schemes: navy and gold. You can set it horizontally and have a beautiful (if somewhat busy) wallpaper, or you can rotate it to portrait and have a beautiful wallpaper with plenty of space for widgets and icons at the bottom of the screen. Gold icons are a must here, like Golden Icons or Gold Luxury.

Arabian Nights by Natalie Kelsey

Rockman.exe

Rockman, waiting for his challenge to show up

I'm still waiting for my net navi, guys. Google Now is fine, but I want a net navi that'll sass me and remind me to be tactful around other people. Smartphones have evolved like the PETs shown in the show Megaman, but I still don't see any personal net warriors/assistants that'll help us stay on track and will obliterate viruses with their arm cannons or Roll Whips. Moving along, for this Rockman.exe (Megaman, for us Americans) wallpaper from deviantart user inualet, most blue icon packs will work, but Turbulence Blue and UIcons blue take especially well to the image.

Rockman.exe by inualet

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

26 Comments
  • I still prefer just plain black. I've done this for the past 5 years.
  • Me too! With a non black wallpaper I find it very hard to see icons. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm doing this now that I have an AMOLED phone. Posted from my Nexus 6.
  • Yep that's me too just easier for this old fart to see icons... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've done black wallpapers before. See Batman Beyond from last week. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is the kind of content I've been looking for I would love more in depth articles about theming and icon packs and stuff. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Check my article list. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks I'll look them up now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love that you guys at AC are putting an emphasis on aesthetics. Love these articles and there's too many ugly setups out there. Yes, I'm that creepy guy looking at your phone at the restaurant. Posted via my LG G4
  • It's not creepy to want people to have phones that are beautiful inside and out! And if it is, then yeah, I'm creepy! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought that was you!
  • I put Muzei and the Reddit extension on every phone I get. The wallpapers are fantastic, and the blurred effect allows you to still see your icons/labels. Posted via HTC One M9
  • I create my own walls as well as use others work. I'm mostly an abstract kinda guy. Have been since my first android in 2010. I just can't do photos, personally. To each his own, I say. Here's a GDrive link to nearly all of my self created walls: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2x07yJcijqiMDBQLVlqUXRCLUE Circle me on G+ to stay up to date with my collections/creations: https://plus.google.com/+ColinSimone Posted from my Nexus™ 6
  • That MegaMan!!! Loved it.
  • +1 Posted via my LG G4
  • I miss Megaman. I don't care that it got butchered when it was brought to America, I loved that show. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I missed watching it as well! Posted from someone's Note 4
  • Or just get an app like 500 Firepaper and have a new background every 30 seconds, 24 hours, or somewhere in between.
  • I use muzei with 500px plugin. New great wallpaper every min to whatever you want. I use two hours. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought there was going to be a KISS theme here. I guess I just read the title too quick. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I need to do more music wallpapers, but I'm more musicals and pop than classic rock.
  • I like the geometric dusk.
  • Mega Man 3 = best Mega Man game ever. BTW, I love that Arabian Night wallpaper.
  • Complete garbage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you Ara for discussing Wallpapers.
    I am a very old programmer and make live wallpaper clocks.
    They are often a bit crazy and some take a little time to read the time
    I am curious what AC people think o them:
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F...
    PS: Live Wallpaper is one of the many things the IPhone does not have.
  • Any wallpapers for a human being over the age of 15? Posted via the Android Central App