I was wrapping Christmas presents the other day when I became fascinated with the design of the wrapping paper – and that’s why this post is all about seamless patterns. Seamless patterns, as you may have guessed, are patterns that repeat when placed next to, above or below, and can be thought of almost as a tile. Seamless patterns are perfect for a whole range of things, from website backgrounds to product packaging to – you guessed it – Christmas wrapping paper, and I wanted to explore some interesting, fun examples.
The thing about repeating patterns like this is that while simple designs are easier, it’s surprising how bold and cluttered you can make them. There are some examples in this roundup that I absolutely love just because of how brash and full of noise they are, as I think it makes for a really fun pattern. Creating a seamless pattern definitely takes some skill and hard work, and if you’re looking to sharpen up your skills then I can recommend this tutorial from Envato Tuts+.
In the meantime though, hopefully you’ll be able to get some seamless pattern inspiration from this post – I really love each one of these examples, and maybe by this time next year I’ll be able to print out my own Christmas wrapping paper using a seamless pattern I’ve designed. And as always, if you know of any other repeating patterns that you think deserve a mention, I’d love to hear about them in the comments at the end.
Hopefully this showcase of seamless patterns has given you some inspiration and maybe even encouraged you to try your hand at your own design. If you know of any other repeating tiles and patterns that deserve a mention in this post, leave a comment!