20 Pure Websites with Clean White Backgrounds

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Whenever we start work designing a website one of the first things we always do is throw a bunch of colours and textures onto the canvas, but sometimes a design will benefit from the clean and crisp appearance of a pure white background. This showcase rounds up 20 minimal website designs that prove that sometimes less is more.

Information Architects

Color Grade It

Face. Works.


The Manual

Andy Mangold

Casey Britt


What Happens Next?

La Wine Agency

New Gotham Designs

Big Bite Creative


Helen & Hard

Yaron Schoen


Eric Paul Snowden


Hanzell Vineyards

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.


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  3. Byron says:

    Great post. Interesting to see a lot of them use black as the secondary colour.

  4. fjpoblam says:

    It appears the sites that do this are mainly those that have lots of graphic content, from which, perhaps, an entertaining background might distract (or overburden bandwidth). NYTimes and its ilk (pure news) are about the only ones I've seen that carry off pure white successfully.

    • I'm currently working with my church on getting a new website designed. They are going for the cheap template route, sadly, but while we were looking at other websites looking for sleek designs we came across this one:

      I'm not sure if you consider that pure white, but I think it's very clean and love the design.

  5. Most of them are monochrome. I like the sites with big fonts and some of the sites you shared have that look.

  6. Kevin says:

    Oh Chris!

    You forgot a website!
    Check out this page i've developed: ;-) Very nice on iPad, too!

    Best regards!

  7. Heather Bateman says:

    Bright and clean. Your blog show that white is a versatile option for a web background. Less = More.

  8. Sweet list!

    Less certainly does seem more! This blog itself is a good example of that.

    Keep up the good work Chris

  9. alicetheblue says:

    Always have loved Big Bite – so simple and clean.

    Thanks for sharing Chris!

  10. Tony Lewis says:

    Great collection of websites Chris.


  11. Wordpress says:


    this website very best but i like more background :D


  12. Justin says:

    I'm amazed by the the Mm Design site. Now I know that maybe web designers, myself included, say that less is more, and that particular site proves it. On the other hand, it all depends on the type of site.

    Anyway, was that site designed with flash or something else?

  13. I like the white look. It's clean and professional. There's nothing wrong with colored backgrounds, but some tend to get too busy.

    I enjoyed the list.

  14. Hi Spooner

    Wow simply superb. Your article inspired me lot "What Happens Next" is my favorite. Keep going Chris


  16. Kim Smith says:

    Nice article of inspiration. It is really useful for who want track their future with Professional Web Design.

  17. Hey Chris,

    As a web designer, I've always been a fan of the clean web designs. Great examples!


  18. Heidi says:

    These are my most favorite!
    And they are intelligent!

  19. Heidi says:

    La Wine is the best!

  20. amazing minimal web designs, its helps more reading content rather focusing on design

  21. Janoo says:

    U miss out
    It pretty site and useful stuff on it for free.

  22. Hisman says:

    nice collections..
    simple and minimalist

  23. Great designs. White is the color of purity and it can go with every theme. It makes the color more popular.

  24. Gautam Lakum says:

    Great dude! really nice examples.
    Just looked at them and get inspired to make something with white backgroud.

    Hope I will get listed it into this post ;)


  25. Natalie says:

    Monochrome sites usually look best rather than white with colour in my opinion, but I think la wine’s design is fantastic.

  26. poopeyhead says:

    really like how clear the backgrounds are. And who is chris?

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