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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 are perfect examples of texture use in web design.

 Giftrocket

Online Gift Cards and Printable E-gift Cards Texture Use in Web Design

Giftrocket is an online gift card web site that uses a light brown subtle texture and gives a tactile feeling to its readers. This website design is a great example of how to combine cool illustrations with subtle textures in web design.

Wearableprint

Printed Work Wear Texture Use in Web Design

Wearableprint uses a light grey paper texture to point out 3 columns linked to their catalogs. Using a subtle paper texture throughout their website was an obvious choice, considering this is a printing company.

Retin Art

Retinart Reflections Texture Use in Web Design

Retin Art has a background made out of horizontal bands in blue tones. Some of them are clear backgrounds while the middle one has a texture added to it.

Besupercharged

Fueled by Design Supercharged Texture Use in Web Design

This website successfully combines typography with texture into a nice web design layout. It uses subtle textures all over the design, from logo to other web elements on the page.

Simon Collison

Simon Collison Texture Use in Web Design

Simon Collison’s website uses a math paper texture as background. Furthermore, he uses a grid-like gallery to showcase his articles.

AmazeeLabs

amazeelabs Texture Use in Web Design

AmazeeLabs combines background texture and typography in a creative way to give a nice touch to their website’s layout. What seems to be a wall texture turns into a photo. The same texture is used again as background for a slideshow.

Intellisult

Intellisult Texture Use in Web Design

Intellisult uses texture to give the website a more familiar look for its users. This is an interactive website where you can play with your friends in an intelligent way.

Headlampcreative

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Headlampcreative uses horizontal bands of concrete texture as its background which gives a realistic feel to the interface. Subtle textures are present throughout the design.

Vestfrost

Vestfrost Texture Use in Web Design

Vestfrost uses a series of ‘icy’ textures to give the impression of an animated site as you scroll. It is winter-themed and the chosen textures match the branding perfectly.

The Box

The Box - Episode 2

The Box uses a simple dark blue texture with vertical lines as the background to present their episodes on.

Wheres-lolly

Where's Lolly Texture Use in Web Design

This interactive website uses different textures to create a background for an exploration game. All you have to do is guess where the plane is taking you.

Marie Catribs

 Texture Use in Web Design

Marie Catribs’s website uses textures to give readers a friendly and familiar vibe. It has a colorful and playful web layout that makes you want to try out her dishes immediately.

Ecoki

Ecoki The Eco-Lifestlye Texture web

This website’s aim is to raise awareness on a sustainable way of living. It uses grungy textures to give the site a tactile and realistic touch.

Lucasbigot

Lucas B. Texture web

This is an example of using texture and animations to make your website look more dynamic. It uses different types of textures with vibrant color and cool transition effects.

Kaleidoscope

 Texture web

This website uses a large range of textures in its layout design. Its purpose is to present a very useful app that sports differences on sight.

Deconstructing first families

Deconstructing First Families Texture web

This is yet another good example of a website that uses paper texture in its background. The font style is also really well chosen and matches the design.

Chord Surfer

Chordsurfer Texture web

Chord Surfer is also an interactive website that lets you play a really cool game. All in all, this website has a friendly and familiar touch thanks to the pink texture.

Studiokraftwerk

Studio Kraftwerk Texture web

Their background texture changes as you move your mouse. It can get a white trail or it can get blurry, either way, they found a creative and cool way to use it.

La Piece

La Pièce Texture web

La Piece uses a series of textures that either has a repetitive geometric motif to either turn into an illustration or a faded map. This is yet another cool example of using texture in a creative way.

Revelation Concept

Revelation Concept San Diego Web Design & Development Texture web

Their website uses textures with warm colors like light ochres and red to give offer their readers a more tactile and familiar experience with the interface.

Designeers

Designeers Design agency Texture web

Designeers’s website uses a slideshow of textures and images with a powerful background and meaning to present themselves as a design agency. This web design has a grungy look.

Daveruizdesign

Dave Ruiz Digital Product Designer Texture web

Dave Ruiz’s website is another example of using horizontal bands with different textures or colors. They make the page look friendly and joyful.

Moritzwelker

Moritz Welker Texture web

This site uses a dark grungy texture that makes every project done by Moritz Welker stand out in his online gallery. It combines cool vector illustrations with unique typefaces.

Creative Soapbox

Home Creative Soapbox Texture web

With a simple design and some warm coloured textures, you can go a long way like Creative Soapbox’s website which focuses on designing user experiences.

Jacob Joins

Jacob Joins - Global Cooking Texture web

This website represents Jacob Joins’ project regarding different eating habits and cultures all over the world. It uses textures and warm colours that gives the site a sensitive touch.

Lorena Orraca

Lorena Orraca Film Director

Lorena Orraca is a film director as her business card website points out. This site combines texture and typography in a very creative way. It uses paper textures as well, as the background.

Word Refuge

 Texture website

Word Refuge is based on a creative and experienced team whose aim is to find the best solutions for their clients. Their website uses different types of texture but the main one is light grey and grungy.

Fringe Development

fringe development Texture website

With their elegant design, Fringe Development uses a light ochre texture with grey typography to offer a warm and tactile feeling to their readers.

Five Thirty Brew

Five Thirty Brew by blenderbox Texture website

Five Thirty Brew will give you the impression that you’re reading someone’s journal thanks to the paper texture that they used. The colors, the illustrations, and the beer bottles also give this website a friendly vibe.

In Motion

In Motion Mobile Massage, London Texture website

The last but not least, this website uses textures for almost everything there is on their page. Starting with the background and illustration and ending with the nice typography, this site is a really good example of using textures in a creative way.

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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.

32 Comments

  1. giorgia says:

    great stuff to get some inspiration,
    thanks

  2. Amy says:

    Great designs

  3. Marc says:

    Very inspiring article! Thanks.

  4. Madeline says:

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

  5. Jason Liebe says:

    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!

  6. rickzwebz says:

    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.

  7. ecommerce web design melbourne says:

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

  8. Steven Reynolds says:

    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.

  9. Alf Catadman says:

    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!

  10. Erik Wallace says:

    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.

  11. Stu Collett says:

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

  12. Divyesh says:

    nice collection….

  13. sharpwebstudio says:

    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…..

  14. Lime Web Design says:

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

  15. Natascha says:

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

  16. Vikesh Patel says:

    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.

  17. Arshad Cini says:

    Thanks for the collection Chris

  18. Alessio says:

    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!

  19. Stephen Kistner says:

    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.

  20. Justin Kuntz says:

    Thanks for the mention among so many great examples.

  21. Yakim van Zuijlen says:

    I can not choose my favorite!

  22. Kyle Steed says:

    YAY for AmazeeLabs!

  23. David Bradley says:

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

  24. Michael Locke says:

    Love the Ecoki site.

  25. Derek Mantz Design says:

    Beautiful examples!

  26. matt says:

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

  27. Markus says:

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

  28. Evo says:

    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.

  29. Gonzo the Great says:

    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!

    http://www.gonzographic.com

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

  30. Dzinepress says:

    really useful texture backgrounds for website designs as well. thanks

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