Design Inspiration: Paper Textures in Web Design

Paper textures are a common design element in websites, as well as in other types of graphic design. As you’ll see in this post, paper textures can serve as a major design element or as a subtle texture that adds to the design without dominating it.

Here you’ll find more than 25 examples of designs that make use of paper textures. We hope that this provides you with some ideas and inspiration that can be used in your own work.

Sprocket House

Sprocket House

vSplash

vSplash

Snap, Share and Win

Snap, Share and Win

Viget Labs

Viget Labs

IDEO Labs

IDEO Labs

Church on the Rock

Church on the Rock

Team Green Adventures

Team Green Adventures

Revolution Driving Tuition

Revolution Driving Tuition

Web Smarty

Web Smarty

Dog House Cards

Dog House Cards

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

Shawn Johnston

Shawn Johnston

Mom & Popcorn

Mom & Popcorn

Team Fannypack

Team Fannypack

Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee Vacation

Think Up

Think Up

Tennessee Education

Tennessee Education

Clever Craft

Clever Craft

ftdesigner

ftdesigner

Noel Design

Noel Design

The Literary Bohemian

The Literary Bohemian

enviRenew

enviRenew

Games for Her by You

Games for Her by You

Visit Idaho

Visit Idaho

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

Missing Pages

Missing Pages

I’m Uraz

I'm Uraz

Art Attack

Art Attack

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Published March 29th, 2011 by

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  • Aaron, March 29, 2011

    Great post, good to have all this inspiration in one place. Theres another nice on here:

    http://www.hmroberts.co.uk

  • Andy @ FirstFound, March 29, 2011

    I thought paper textures were on their way out? I know our designer doesn’t really like using them.

  • jordan, March 29, 2011

    Hey this is a great selection. If done properly, paper textures are a great design element.

  • Ted Thompson, March 29, 2011

    Nice examples. Our clients love the quirkyness of paper textures.

  • Lance, March 29, 2011

    One of the things that paper textures offers that really appeals to customers is the added perception of depth to the site. While websites for corporations won’t necessarily go with something along those lines, private site owners usually love that element.

    Andy, it sounds like this is a personal preference of your designer, not an industry standard.

  • Ramsey Stoneburner, March 29, 2011

    Who said paper was on its way out? I think the whole “textured” look is here to stay for a while… if done well anyway. I did my very own blog/portfolio with wood, paper, and lots of other cowgirly westerny textures and elements and it’s been up for almost 2 years (I think) and I don’t think the look is dated at all.

  • Tim, March 30, 2011

    Some of these are great. Others just feel like a slapped together collage of random old paper stuff people found around the internet – like Sprocket House and Literary Bohemian.
    I also heard paper textures were on the way out and animated gifs were coming back! ;)

  • aledesign.it, March 30, 2011

    Simple excellent…I love this design…paper texture are fabulous!

  • Vandelay Website Design, March 30, 2011

    Andy,
    It seems to me that use of heavy textures in web design is declining a little bit compared to a few years ago, but a softer more subtle use of textures, including paper, is just as popular as ever. Paper texture can also be really useful for things like posters and other types of graphic design aside from websites.

  • Gold Coast Photographers, March 31, 2011

    thanks for the info! paper textures excellent

  • Tristar Web Design, March 31, 2011

    I really like paper textures when they are subtle. Clever Craft is a really nice design, the textures give it a lot of character, however the subject is a children’s craft site so the quirky style works. I like Art Attack too, its hard to get rainbow colours to work well like that. The revolution driving tuition looks a bit heavy with all the thick card, but its a nice design. Keep posting all these nice website designs, I always enjoy looking at new designs for inspiration.

  • Ruby, March 31, 2011

    Some of them are an excellent examles of design. Especially Sprocket House and Visit Idaho.

  • Website Design Houston, March 31, 2011

    I am a sucker for paper texture, since I come from a print design background. The damask print back ground and the distressed paper on “Sprocket House” really gives it that old world feel. Nice collection.

  • Alexandre Soares, April 2, 2011

    great showcase! inspire me!

  • property portugal, April 3, 2011

    Ideo Labs is a very nice example, i’d prefer the more subtle designs as like you say in your comment the heavy textures can look a little overdone! Great post…

    • Vandelay Website Design, April 4, 2011

      Portugal,
      I general, I agree with you. I tend to prefer softer textures. However, there are some sites with heavy textures that I think are really well done.

  • Ryan Leaper, April 5, 2011

    The handmade look I think is still a popular approach when designing for web. The use of paper textures (as well as other textures) can really add extra depth and interest to a site. It’s interesting to see the different uses of paper texture that people have used. For example the I’m Uraz site has used quite a subtle paper texture as part of the background where as the art attack site has a slightly more obvious use of the paper texture. I think its shows the versatility that this approach offers when designing for the web. There is an argument that this style is over used but personally I think it works great and can (if done correctly) really enrich an otherwise plain design.

  • Jordi Barjuan, April 6, 2011

    I’m thinking about use one of this desings to my site!
    Really Great!!

  • Corey Haggard, April 7, 2011

    Visit Idaho is by far my favorite on this list. Great post!

  • siti web, April 15, 2011

    Wow! Very great webdesign! I like very much paper texture. Thanks!
    bye bye

  • eirc, April 22, 2011

    nice collection, for web design, you can go to http://www.webtexture.net, they has pretty high quality collection of textures and patterns.

  • sandy thomas, April 29, 2011

    I like how paper textures coordinated with the designs

  • Toronto Web Developer, June 9, 2011

    I continue to be blown away! This is wikid cool, thank you for these paper texture designs and insight.

  • Chad Connally, November 10, 2011

    Thanks for featuring the Visit Idaho design.