Interesting Web Design Trend: Vertical Split Layouts

Interesting Web Design Trend: Vertical Split Layouts
January 03, 2020

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We do a fair bit of trend spotting while we’re browsing for cool website designs to feature in our inspirational web design roundups. One design trend we’ve noticed that is becoming more and more popular is the split layout, where the page is divided vertically into two halves to display separate areas of content. Often these two halves are contrasting with light and dark color schemes and allow the user to make a decision on the type of content they want to see.

If you’re looking to create a stunning website with a different design, here are some excellent website which you can use as an inspiration.  In this article, you’ll discover 10 exceptional examples of websites which were created using a vertical split design.

Although the vertical split layouts may seem to have the same design, there are lots of creative features which you can insert to make it unique. For instance, you can play with contrast, various animations, parallax effect, stunning illustrations, typography, graphics, video backgrounds, music, etc.

A split-screen layout usually has a full-screen design which is then divided into two or more vertical sections. When used properly, this type of layout can be used to create outstanding websites with impressive designs.

So, here they are! Get you inspiration from this exceptional websites and decide if you can use this type of layout for your future websites.

Rick & Drew

This is a stunning website which a beautiful black & white design. This split-screen website with a minimalistic design and subtle animation effects.

Ric Drew Vertical Split LayoutPin


This vertical split-screen layout has a beautiful animated background which is enabled when hovered over. The design looks stunning with contrast and a simple but effective design. This is the landing page which takes you to the specific homepage for each city.

Fifty Five Split Layout WebsitePin

Blueprint: Split Layout (Tutorial)

Discover the full design of this wonderful website and see what new features you find. This two sides vertical split layout showcases two portfolios in a creative manner and with a sliding animation effect.

Blueprint Split Layout Tutorial Pin

The Ocean

This is an exceptional website with a split-screen layout and a luxurious design. The designer used a full-screen layout with a two side layout as a presentation website for a resort residence. The overall design is outstanding, with eye-catching images, beautiful fonts, a fixed header design which is always at your reach, etc.

The Ocean Vertical Split LayoutPin

Engine Themes

This unique design will definitely get your attention. What makes it special is the creative animated image from the center and the draggable vertical side which shows more or less from each section.  Also, the design is fully responsive with an adaptable screen that will perfectly fit any screen size.

Engine Themes Split Layout WebsitePin


This is a minimalistic website design with a two split-screen layout. This full-screen design gets your attention with the contrasting sides and the simplicity. However, one you hover on top of each section you’ll reveal the menu and a short description with a direct link to check out previous works.

Kirichik Vertical Split LayoutPin

Benchmark International

A split-screen layout can be divided into countless sections, according to your requirements. This is an outstanding website design which has a creative split-screen layout that will definitely get your attention. Each section extends its layout once you hover over it to reveal its full design. Also, the video backgrounds are a beautiful asset which adds a professional look to the overall design.

Benchmark International Split Layout WebsitePin

Renate Rechner

This is a stunning website with a split-screen layout. The color palette is stunning with soft colors and pastel backgrounds. A unique feature is how the designer thought the navigation. When scrolling, the entire website rotates from one side to another, to perfectly view its entire content.

Renate Rechner Vertical Split LayoutPin

Joris Delacroix

Here’s another wonderful website with a split screen layout. The unique backgrounds are enabled on hover and you can choose which design you want to use. However the busy is the background image, the central point remains the logo design from the center of the page. Follow this link and get the full experience!

Joris Delacroix Split Layout WebsitePin


This unique website has a creative navigation which is enabled when you scroll. The three vertical sections, with their colorful backgrounds and creative illustrations, are replaced by other ones, with similar features. Moreover, the design has a responsive behavior which allows it to perfectly fit any screen size.

Fillet Vertical Split LayoutPin

Split-screen layouts are here to stay. Whether you make it part of your own design, though, is entirely up to you.

Written by Iggy

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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  1. Paul Clapp says:

    There are some really interesting designs here, I can think of couple of projects we’re currently working on where this sort of thing could be utilised. Kirichik is my personal favourite.

  2. rajie says:

    I like bike design layout and portfolio layouts . Thanks

  3. Anisha Fonville says:

    When done right, vertical split layouts can look really good- like in the sites featured in this list. Done badly, it can look like one of those before/after pictures we see in newspaper and magazine ads. Great list!

  4. Bill says:

    Nice, all the layouts are very nicely designed!! To make out a different web design trend I think such split layouts will keep handy contribution. Thanks.

  5. Chakib Tsouli says: too

  6. Web designing company in Bhopal says:

    Great points. However I want to suggest that we must remain flexible on Step 1 and Step 4. It all depends on how the site grows and how people actually respond to it. Changes are just an ongoing thing of a successful site.

  7. Free PSD says:

    Wow! It’s really awesome. Thanks for sharing

  8. Tyler Alfie says:

    Wow, Wonderful collection… i like Mission Motorcycles

  9. Jack Pitter says:

    Really, this is a very interesting web design technique. It may definitely useful for amazing creativity and designing. Thanks for informative article.

  10. Web Design UAE says:

    Lovely creativity find , though the split screen does have some nice output but is the background stored as a ‘single’ image .. or is there 2 images ‘plugged’ together using CSS ?

  11. Justin says:

    I still don’t see why people like split designs. That’s like having two different Websites merged into one.

  12. Marlen Burm says:

    I love split design layouts- both in web designs and when they appear in magazines! Great compilation, Chris.

  13. j flash rodriguez says:

    Old school flashwork scholastic layout, glad its becoming popular again.

  14. Nadimuthu says:

    This is wonderful article.

  15. Adil Meo says:

    Chris thanks for this !!! really nice ti read this article :-)

  16. Ken says:

    I’ve been seeing this more and more. How about the mobile aspect? Might not look as good on an iphone..or would it?

  17. Professional Web Design Philadelphia says:

    I think the two sections of the page should be closely related, like Rick and drew, Desk time and mission motorcycles, to make an attractive page. Otherwise, they will look like two different pages as you can see in coffee and Peugeot sites.

  18. Hannes says:

    Cool split designs! Thanks for the post.

    Check out this split Webdesign.

  19. Webbyrå Göteborg says:

    These split designs look great! Thank you!

  20. Conetix says:

    This is great! Would work well for car manufacturers to see the interworking of the cars.

  21. Brennen says:

    Really nice. Interesting concept and it seems to work well. Thanks for the resource of ideas!

  22. Rajendra Pal says:

    Amazing split technique worth utility and consideration.

  23. Simon Cotterell says:

    Like these, Chris!

  24. Web Design Cheshire says:

    If you’re able to put together the design correctly, then you’ve got a masterpiece to take advantage of. I think vertical-split designs are a fantastic tool especially when combined with that of a responsive nature. It adds a certain ‘edge’ to the look and feel of the website that is sometimes lacking from others. Big, bold but overwhelmed with simplicity is becoming far more effective and powerful than other styles of designs.

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