20 Powerful Dark Websites for Design Inspiration

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While bright flat website designs are continuing to illuminate our screens and sometimes burn our retinas, some designers are taking the opposite route and creating powerful website designs with dark, subdued color palettes.

These dark designs have a kind of seductive presence that draws you in, often with black and white photography to capture a certain emotion.

This post rounds up over 20 beautiful dark web designs making use of black backgrounds, subtle hues, and dramatic monochrome images.


This minimalist, dark website design has only one accent color – magenta – thus directing the users’  attention to the desired elements.

Rumba dark website designs

Apple Mac Pro

This one-page website design serves as a presentation for the Mac Pro. Check it out and notice the smooth transitions and animations.

Apple Mac Pro Dark Websites

Gold Top Cider

Gold Top Cider

Relax, we are the good guys

If you want to be impressed by awesome animations and transitions, check out this dark website design!

Relax,-we-are-the-good-guys Dark Websites

Kwok Yin Mak

Kwok Yin Mak is a multidisciplinary designer based in Orlando, Florida, and this is his portfolio website.

Kwok-Yin-Mak dark website designs

Tobias van Schneider

This dark portfolio website design belongs to Tobias van Schneider, a multi-disciplinary designer living in New York.

Tobias van Schneider Dark Websites


Selling electric bikes, this website has a perfect layout and design for its purpose and target audience.

A2B Dark Websites


This minimalist, one-page website has a simple, dark-themed design with smooth transitions between page sections.

Tramutola Dark Websites


This website design belongs to an agency which creates digital experiences, visual identities and emotional connections between brands and people.


Image Conscious Studios

Image Conscious Studios is a branding and interactive design studio in Boston, MA and this is their dark-themed portfolio website.

Image Conscious Studios Dark Websites


This is another design agency’s portfolio website. They plan, design and execute websites and apps for mobile and tablet devices.


Common Ninja

Common Ninja has developed a suite of tools designed for website owners. They have a simple website, with a couple of illustrations and an overall dark color palette.

Common Ninja Dark Websites

Alan Tippins

This is the portfolio of a Phoenix, Arizona based User Interface Designer who loves to create amazing, minimal web experiences.

Alan Tippins Dark Websites

Davey Heuser

This simple, yet beautiful dark website design belongs to an user interface designer/front-end developer from the Netherlands.

Davey Heuser - UI designer from the Netherlands

Laurent Perez Del Mar

Laurent Perez Del Mar is a feature films music composer and this is his portfolio website.

Laurent Perez Del Mar Dark Websites

Mammoth Media

Mammoth Media welcomes us to the new era of broadcast and engagement, through their minimalist, dark-themed presentation website design.

Mammoth Media Dark Websites

Herbst Architects

This is another dark portfolio website, this time belonging to an architecture studio whose works have been published extensively, both locally and internationally.

Herbst-Architects Dark Websites


Whisperism is an international design agency and creative elite network. Check out their beautiful website and be mesmerized by the animations.

Whisperism Dark Websites

Arc Design Lab

Arc Design Lab is a Philippine-based design studio that provides creative solutions for web, print and animation for businesses. This is their website, which makes use of dark color palettes, smooth animations, and parallax effects.

Arc Design Lab Dark Websites


This is a premier creative network for photographers, designers, illustrators, and artists. Check out their presentation website.

Kredo Dark Websites

Octane Design

Octane is fuel for brands with award-winning creative strategists, designers and technologist. Take a look at their unique dark-themed website design.

Octane Design Dark Websites

Cyril Masson

Cyril Masson’s personal portfolio is a full HTML5 responsive website with beautiful photography and large fonts.

CYRIL MASSON Dark Websites

Dark websites can be powerful and moving. Dark design elements draw users’ attention to the content of the website, and almost force the user to look around and explore further. If you are working on a design project and either were specifically asked to create a dark design or were considering using dark color tones and hues, this roundup should serve as excellent expiration, even for your darkest designs.

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques, collating creative website designs, and writing about the latest design trends, inspiration, design freebies, and more. You can follow him on Twitter

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