30 Inspiring Examples of Texture Use in Web Design

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The use of texture is one of the important principles of good design, and the use of subtle textures is becoming more and more popular in the world of web design. These textures help give a tactile and realistic feel to the interface, which can help a website seem more familiar with things we come across in the real world. Here’s an inspirational showcase of 30 websites that have an excellent use of subtle texture in their design.


Stephen Caver

Retin Art

Simon Collison


Drag, Drop, Review

Worry Free Labs

IconEden Blog

The Box

Josh Sullivan

Marie Catribs


AFD Folio


The Little Cake Parlour

Jason Julien

The Visual Click


Tony Geer

Chris Kaufman

Miles Dowsett

Foundation Six

Hugs For Monsters

Creative Soapbox

SAVVY Belfast

Solid Giant

Word Refuge

Crush + Lovely


Digital Visions Queenstown

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

  • Markus

    Very cool lineup. I love websites with textures, but have to stop myself from overdoing it :)

  • Dzinepress

    really useful texture backgrounds for website designs as well. thanks

  • Gonzo the Great

    Hi Chris,

    nice roundup of websites using textures in their design, love it!

    Maybe a nice extra? I just published the redesign of my portfolio yesterday, and yes, .. loads of textures in it!

    I'ld love to hear what you think of it? Thanks for sharing, Cheers & Ciao ..

  • Evo

    Cool examples, yet I can't help but notice that the vast majority fo them look incredibly similar, specially when it comes to the color palette they use.

  • matt

    nice post, lots of great examples I have never come across.

  • Derek Mantz Design

    Beautiful examples!

  • Stephen Kistner

    Some really nice websites here. My favorite has to be Foundation Six's. Using textures in web design is a really nice touch, but sometimes it just doesn't fit what you are trying to get across.

  • Michael Locke

    Love the Ecoki site.

  • David Bradley

    Not really sure how you forgot to include my site in this. :(

  • Kyle Steed

    YAY for AmazeeLabs!

  • Yakim van Zuijlen

    I can not choose my favorite!

  • Justin Kuntz

    Thanks for the mention among so many great examples.

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  • Alessio

    Hadn't seen the AFD-Folio site before, and it's very impressive! Great typography work. I wish I could design sites like that, heh!

  • Arshad Cini

    Thanks for the collection Chris

  • Vikesh Patel

    Nice collection. I've noticed a few of these in the site of the week collections.
    I think that even a really simple minimal texture makes a website more visually interesting.
    I like the feed Stitch website most on the list, because the textures work really well for the theme of website.

  • Natascha

    Very nice collection, I'm going to try some of them

  • Lime Web Design

    Really cool collection. You just love those textures don't you Chris. Awesome stuff

  • sharpwebstudio

    coll collection of texture design site. i like the little cake parlour design in this every thing manage properly. we are also web designers and this collection give us idea of new creativity. thanks for this…..

  • Divyesh

    nice collection….

  • Alf Catadman

    Oh man, nice roundup. Other collections have been showing same ol' but popular sites from well-known designers. This is really something new and fresh. Kudos!

  • Stu Collett

    I love Mr Simon Collier's site. Great post.

  • Erik Wallace

    Nice collection Chris, there are some gems. Does anyone know who did the first website, Spring? It's gorgeous… great texture and really nice typography.

  • Steven Reynolds

    great sites there, im a big fan of textures in web design myself, always gives me good feelings when browsing sites like these, I think neutral color schemes are getting used to much.

    I love subtle textures of bright colors like Worry Free Labs and solid giant.

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    This blog is really great. This is my first comment. I will keep visiting.

  • rickzwebz

    Its surprising how a little noise in the background can make a big difference.
    I will have to come back to see if you found more.

  • Jason Liebe

    Thanks for featuring us, given the company of the other sites you've noted it's a great compliment. We enjoy your site as well.

    Vielen Dank!

  • Madeline

    Nice article. I love the realism and creative use of these textures. Great inspiration!

  • Chris M

    Another awesome theme with a grunge feel to it is Greyzed, which was developed by eFrog Digital Design and is now deployed with hosted sites.

    Here's the theme link:

  • Marc

    Very inspiring article! Thanks.

  • Amy

    Great designs

  • giorgia

    great stuff to get some inspiration,