Last Updated on June 2, 2021
Patterns are all around us. These repetitive lines, curves, and dots may seem simple; but they are representations of how we’re naturally drawn to cycles and rhythms.
Music for instance, is nothing but a series of notes and beats. But when put together, they make the most melodious, sometimes heart-wrenching pieces that we end up humming to ourselves late at night. Our habits – from waking up in the morning, brushing our teeth, getting coffee – are also recurring mundane activities. But put end to end, they make up our vibrant history called life.
The role of curves and waves in design
With the switch to minimal aesthetics comes another design trend: soft lines and waves. Sure, there are the basic shapes – circles, rectangles, triangles – that are instantly recognizable and easy to move around. But not all instances fit these silhouettes.
Depending on the occasion or message behind the design, basic shapes can feel obtrusive, crowded, or just out of place. Soft waves can help transition the eye from point A to B seamlessly, especially when combined with gradient colors. You can see this in many website designs, logos, posters, as well as textbook covers.
Waves can be a standalone element or an interesting backdrop for illustrations. They’re perfect complements to hard lines and minimalist shapes, too. That’s because waves and curves mimic the natural flow in nature. They remind us of the ebbing of the sea, mounds of earth, or clouds in the sky.
So whenever you’re looking to soften a serious concept or add an organic touch to an otherwise ‘artificial’ presentation, consider adding waves.
Wavy Backgrounds and Textures
The way you draw lines can create all kinds of effects, depending on what you’re looking for. Round edges or corners can make something like letters appear friendlier, warmer. Waves on other hand, are dynamic, expressive, and unpredictable, like the tides at sea.
No matter what you decide to use, these cool wavy backgrounds and textures are sure to make a splash!
1. Sweet Smooth Waves Backgrounds
Soft like fluffy, colorful clouds, this expressive background by Themefire would make a perfect backdrop for album covers, social media promotions, posters, or brochures.
2. Contour Mapping
Hello Mart Co gives you this product that includes 10 designs from contour maps. Recommended for book covers, social media banners, blog headers, Instagram posts, flyers, posters, invitations, fabric printing, gift wrapping, wallpapers, and more.
3. Multi-colored Striped Waves
This 3D render abstraction contains 10 different high-res files in PNG format. Energetic and colorful, you’ll find plenty of uses for these billowy curves and dynamic ensemble.
4. Lines Abstract Wavy Backgrounds Vol. 03
5. Error | Glitched Wavy Backgrounds
No, there were no errors committed during the making of these 7 experimental glitchy backgrounds – nothing but talent and style.
6. Beige | Soft Abstract Wavy Backgrounds
With 14 unique images plus 2 variations (clean and textured) for a total of 28 tileable backgrounds, this product looks almost Zen and at peace with any idea you may come up with.
7. Pixels | Wavy Abstract Backgrounds
8. Lines | Abstract Wavy Backgrounds | Vol. 04
These aren’t your ordinary wavy lines – these are minimal yet bold, simple but stunning. Make waves in your niche when you use them in hi-res.
9. Aqua | Soft Abstract Wavy Backgrounds
Just like the natural waves made by water, the fluid and organic lines in these compositions will make your designs flow and come together seamlessly.
10. Waves | Network Lines Backgrounds | Vol. 01
11. Futuristic Abstract Background Collection
Dots, particles, and polygons dominate this ultra-modern set by Andrew Timothy. Available in AI, EPS, and JPEG formats, they’re recommended for sci-fi, futuristic, avante-garde, or math-inspired projects.
12. Melt | Abstract Rounded Backgrounds | Vol. 04
Abstract melted gradient wavy lines will make your audiences do a double-take when you use this product with 76 images.
13. Soft Wavy | Tileable Backgrounds | Vol. 01
These tileable, soft wave backgrounds in 300 dpi are perfect as desktop wallpaper, or as backdrop for your corporate presentation. It’s versatile, gorgeous, and easy on the eyes.
14. Liquid | Colorful Abstract Backgrounds
If you’ve never seen liquid metal or melted colored wax together, this beautiful rendition is the next closest thing.
15. Wavy | Abstract Backgrounds
A little blurry and a lot beautiful, you’ll find yourself entranced by these stunning abstract backgrounds you can put as a backdrop for illustrations or as webpages for your online portfolio.
16. Hand Illustrated Line Patterns
Illustrated by hand and can be tiled to create a seamless pattern, this set from Ghostly Pixels would make a clever addition to digital graphic novels, posters, badges, or printed on invitations, banners, book covers, frames, etc.
17. Wavy Lines | Backgrounds
Totally eye-catching in a lot of ways, these 80 abstract wavy backgrounds will look amazing when used alone or in combination with other graphic elements.
18. Wavy Backgrounds
Mamounalbibi proudly presents these awesome images that come in vivid colors. Play around with them – apply on ads, banners, product packaging, logos, and more.
19. Colorful Vertical Retro Waves Backgrounds
This set of flowing vertical waves are adventurous and warm. With rhythmic movement reminiscent of 80s vibes, you’ll have no trouble adding this on album covers, diner menus, bedroom posters, scrapbook pages, or even TV ads.
20. 3D Wavy Band Surface
Instantly make a bold statement with these smooth band images. Ideal for branding, presentations, or 3D illustrations, it will lend a high-tech, futuristic feel to your works.
21. Smooth Wavy Backgrounds
Smooth, soothing, and bright, these multi-colored wavy folds imitate the softness of cloth, helping you create something calm and comforting. Works well for modern demands.
22. White Wavy Bands Abstract 3D Background Set
White bands on white background are as minimalist as it can get: clean, simple, but high-quality.
23. Isolated Grid Waves Backgrounds
Retaining 100 percent clarity and resolution even up-close, this product that includes transparent, gradient, thin, wavy lines will play tricks on your mind – but not with your concept. It’s ideal for sci-fi, modern, avant-garde, and math-inspired projects.
24. Wire Waves Background Set
Sometimes, simplicity is all you need to make a lasting impression. To help you make that vision a reality, these light wireframes available in 10 wallpaper files are easy to download and a joy to use.
25. Colorful Liquid Waves Backgrounds
Presenting a splash of vivid pink, purple, or indigo, these dynamic wallpapers are recommended for fashion, modern, music, or abstract concepts.
26. Retro | Abstract Wavy Backgrounds
With 99 mind-bending wavy backgrounds to choose from, get ready to go on a digital design adventure that will have you playing and experimenting for hours.
27. Wavy Particles Backgrounds
Subtle yet filled with emotion, these dotted backdrops are like sound effect expressions that will go beautifully with your YouTube, SoundCloud, or Spotify channels.
28. Colorful Wavy Gradient Backgrounds
Energize your blog pages, website design, or digital portfolios with these colorful, wavy images available in separate files in AI, EPS, and JPEG formats for easy editing.
29. Curves | Colorful Backgrounds
These intense and multi-colored backgrounds are like an artwork on their own – all that’s missing is a minimal font or a couple of illustrations to complete your vision.
30. Colorful Smooth Waves Backgrounds
Functional, beautiful, and available in bright shades, these high-resolution (4500x3000px) images boast of generative 3D art render that will put a smile on your face.