Throughout time, certain pattern styles have become permanent fixtures in design. Whether you want to create a beautiful background, establish a specific style or theme for your design, or subtly enhance the design, patterns can be excellent resources. The patterns available from Vecteezy can help you to save time and speed up your design process.

This page covers some of the most popular styles of vector patterns, with an example of each. You’ll find plenty of ideas and inspiration that can be put to good use in your own work. Click on any of the images in this article to be led to the download page for that resource.

Nautical

One of the most timeless design concepts, the nautical or coastal theme remains popular and usable year after year. The colors most associated with nautical design are dark, rich blues (like navy) and white or off-whites, making for dramatic contrast.

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Nautical patterns

Seamless Anchor Pattern Background Vector by Cami Dobrin

Nordic or Scandinavian

We love the clean, simplistic, and functional aspects of Scandinavian design. Originating in a number of Nordic countries, this minimalist design style features white, beige, and pastel colors.

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Nordic, Scandinavian Pattern

Pastel Colors Pattern With Hygge by originalme2

Azulejo

The word “Azulejo” originates from the Arabic phrase az-zellīj, and is used to describe a Portuguese and Spanish ceramic tile. Tin-glazed and painted, this ornamental art form is found traditionally in architectural applications, adorning places of worship, palaces, homes, restaurants, and train or metro stations. Azulejos are decorated in a simple color palette, dominated by blues and whites.

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Azulejo Patterns

Portuguese azulejo tiles by Olga Matskevich

Terrazzo

Another architectural element, terrazzo is a composite material normally found in floor and wall treatments. Consisting of chips of colored glass, marble, granite, and quartz, terrazzo designs are traditionally made up of a white marble base with various grays, blues, greens, and yellow chips added in.

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Colorful Terrazzo Seamless Texture by nightwolfdezines

Plaid

Plaid or tartan is a pattern consisting of crisscrossed, horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but are now used in a multitude of different designs, clothing, and other physical and digital materials.

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Seamless Tartan plaid, vector illustration by Takeshi Ishikawa

Retro

The expressiveness of past eras often translated into designs with flashy text executions featuring shiny chrome, halftone lettering, and extruded elements, while the backgrounds of the past were often bright, bold neon coloring with extra flair and extravagance.

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Retro pattern

Memphis background pattern by focus_bell

Indigenous

Indigenous patterns have evolved into a unique art form that represents the diversity and vibrancy of Indigenous culture, as well as resilience, tradition, and sovereignty. Within Indigenous communities, various patterns are incorporated into blankets or quilts which are made to be gifted at baby showers, naming ceremonies, weddings, and memorials.

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Indigenous Patterns

Native American Pattern Diamonds by Daniel Campos

Floral

Floral motifs and patterns have been around for centuries, with ancient Egyptians first commissioning highly stylized wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces for big events, dating back as early as 2,800 B.C. Lately, many floral patterns lean on symmetry and muted tones to produce clean, authentic designs.

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Floral pattern

Seamless Lace Pattern Vector by Cami Dobrin

Conclusion

While this covers some of the most popular types of patterns, there are plenty of other possibilities as well. Browse our collection of patterns to find others that you can download and use in your own work.