30 Outstanding Web Designs with Big Background Photos

If you’re looking to make a strong impression or a bold statement with a website, one option for doing so is to use a large full-screen background image. This design approach involves a homepage very little text or content, at least above the fold. In some cases the entire homepage may consist of a logo, navigation menu, and a large photo. While this approach will not be a great fit for every website, it is capable of being a very effective design in the right situation.

In this post we’ll showcase 30 websites that make excellent use of big photos on the homepage.

Rosebud

Rosebud

Osborn Barr

Osborn Barr

GEO fun

GEO fun

Modern Green Home

Modern Green Home

Utah.gov

Utah.gov

Eldorado Stone

Eldorado Stone

Northlandscapes

Northlandscapes

Cost of Loving Index

Cost of Loving Index

Deepend

Deepend

Chris Dimond Architect

Chris Dimond Architect

La Porte Sainte Claire

La Porte Sainte Claire

Elisabetta Canalis

Elisabetta Canalis

Page/Park Architects

Page/Park Architects

Louis Gubitosi

Louis Gubitosi

Epic Discovery

Epic Discovery

Springtime Tennessee

Springtime Tennessee

Buffalo Outdoor Clothing

Buffalo Outdoor Clothing

Colossal Media

Colossal Media

Studio AIRPORT

Studio AIRPORT

Diehl Group Architects

Diehl Group Architects

A Book of Beards

A Book of Beards

Regenerate Music Co.

Regenerate Music Co.

The Kitchen Community

The Kitchen Community

Locals Apparel

Locals Apparel

Welikesmall

Welikesmall

Aspect Photography

Aspect Photography

The Paper Mill

The Paper Mill

Life & Thyme

Life & Thyme

Breakthrough Design Group

Breakthrough Design Group

Ghost

Ghost

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Published April 17th, 2013 by

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  • Wine Dine, April 17, 2013

    These are great for sites with not too much content.

  • Sergiu, April 18, 2013

    This collection. they sure motivate you to engage them

  • Ria, April 18, 2013

    Absolutely love this look. Nice collection of sites, great for inspiration. Thank you.

  • barbiebird, April 19, 2013

    all these websites use large images in a great way but i think it dont work for all other related websites there are many issues behind this…

  • Craig Allen, April 19, 2013

    Wow. Great post. I always loved the minimalism of such a style and the fact that everything is oversized (and you can stick that great retina ready photo in the background woo hoo !). My next website will be in such a style, I swear.

  • Greg, May 9, 2013

    I love sites that use big background images well, some of these are great. It is such a difficult task to get the right blend of image and content to get the end result you want from a website whilst making the site easy to navigate, so these sites have done a great job.

  • Steve Bonin, May 27, 2013

    Nice Stuff. I am looking for inspiration to do a large picture website for a client. I need to sell him on the idea. Maybe something here. Thanks