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Whenever we start work designing a website one of the first things we always do is throw a bunch of colors 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. You may also want to check out ultra minimal website designs that emphasize key pieces of information, images, and more!
This white website design has a large slider on the homepage and a very simple and minimalist layout.
This is another simple, yet beautiful white website design with a clean layout and pixel-perfect photos.
This website has a clean, white background which focuses the visitors’ attention on the beautiful, large, wide photographs and sliders.
Fashionly is a clean, white WordPress template that is perfect for blogs because of its special design that offers a comfortable reading experience.
Manggis is a creative WordPress theme that you can use for portfolios or blogs. The photos look beautiful on a white background.
Friends of the Web
This website combines the benefits of white space and clean white backgrounds with some colorful flat color accents. Looks beautiful!
Elegance is a clean and elegant WordPress blog theme perfect for various niches. This multipurpose theme will fit any blog due to its white, clean design.
This Squarespace template has a minimalist, white design that offers a comfortable reading experience, which makes it perfect for blogs and online magazines.
Repetto Design Concept
This website design has a white color palette, with monochrome, light images and pink as an accent color.
Caress is an elegant WordPress theme with a modern design and a predominantly white color palette. Use this template to quickly build professional websites.
Andrew Revitt is a freelance designer working in web, graphic, branding, UI and UX design. For his portfolio website, he chose a black and white, minimalist design.
Big Bite Creative
This website has a white background with green color accents for the most important elements, such as buttons and CTAs.
Electric Pulp is a digital agency focusing on Responsive Web Design, Web Development, and Mobile eCommerce. They have a white website design with large fonts and solid color elements.
Helen & Hard
This website uses a very light gray shade as a background. It has a slightly retro theme due to some vintage-inspired details and a very clean layout.
Simple and straightforward, these are the main characteristics of this clean, white portfolio website of a human interface designer.
This is another example of an extremely minimalist website design that has only large text over a completely white background.
Eric Paul Snowden
This website design combines light gray tones with pure white on the background. The images pop out nicely and are the main focus of the page.
Daisho is a portfolio solution for creative professionals and companies looking for a minimal and professional look. They have a white presentation website with a few accent colors.
Here’s another vintage-themed website design with a modern touch and a clean white background.
This is the portfolio of a designer and web builder. It has a white, clean background and a wide layout for the content area, and an overall minimalist style.
Editor X: This powerful website creation tool provides minimalistic and clean wireframes with white space as a starting point as well as templates.
FixThePhoto: Their featured post on product photography backdrops can be very helpful with your eCommerce project.
Envato Market: Here you can find WordPress themes that are clean, with white backgrounds to start with, and minimalistic.
really like how clear the backgrounds are. And who is chris?
Monochrome sites usually look best rather than white with colour in my opinion, but I think la wine’s design is fantastic.
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 ;)
Great designs. White is the color of purity and it can go with every theme. It makes the color more popular.
simple and minimalist
amazing minimal web designs, its helps more reading content rather focusing on design
La Wine is the best!
These are my most favorite!
And they are intelligent!
As a web designer, I've always been a fan of the clean web designs. Great examples!
Nice article of inspiration. It is really useful for who want track their future with Professional Web Design.
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Wow simply superb. Your article inspired me lot "What Happens Next" is my favorite. Keep going Chris
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.
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?
this website very best but i like more background :D
Great collection of websites Chris.
Always have loved Big Bite – so simple and clean.
Thanks for sharing Chris!
Less certainly does seem more! This blog itself is a good example of that.
Keep up the good work Chris
Bright and clean. Your blog show that white is a versatile option for a web background. Less = More.
Less is more> Thumbs up!
You forgot a website!
Check out this page i've developed: http://www.hosan.eu ;-) Very nice on iPad, too!
Most of them are monochrome. I like the sites with big fonts and some of the sites you shared have that look.
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.
Great post. Interesting to see a lot of them use black as the secondary colour.
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