Subtle Background Patterns in Web Design

Sometimes it’s the little details in web design that make a big difference.  The use of background patterns can be a subtle detail that some visitors may not even very much attention to, but they can really help to complete a design. Rather than using a solid color or a gradient, patterns can add a subtle texture a a website’s background.

Patterns can also be helpful for designing sites that load quickly, as a smaller repeating pattern will load much faster than a large background photo or non-repeating texture that sits in the background of the design. Having an arsenal of patterns can help to speed up your design process, or you could create a custom pattern whenever the need arises.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 web designs that are examples of the use of subtle background patterns. This should provide some inspiration as these sites are great examples of what can be done with patterns and how they can be a part of a quality design.

Symphony Online

Symphony Online

They Make Apps

They Make Apps

Petex Studio

Petex Studio

HTML5Cut

HTML5Cut

Rype Arts

Rype Arts

Bearded

Bearded

Fribi

Fribi

tiltShift.js

tiltShift.js

Campaign Monitor

Campaign Monitor

Envy Labs

Envy Labs

ioDeck

ioDeck

espnW

espnW

Hochburg

Hochburg

Tiny Big Studio

Tiny Big Studio

Dusty Cartridge

Dusty Cartridge

Beard Year

Beard Year

Template Deck

Template Deck

Rule of Three

Rule of Three

Design Basement

Design Basement

Aspire Fitness

Aspire Fitness

Print Pinball

Print Pinball

The Gobstopper

The Gobstopper

Mobile Statistics

Mobile Statistics

Google Ventures

Google Ventures

Abstract Human

Abstract Human

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Published October 17th, 2012 by

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  • Nice post with more inspirations…Thanks for sharing! Useful

  • David, October 18, 2012

    Hi Steve, muchos thanks for including the Symphony site in your post!

  • Jhon Atkinson, October 18, 2012

    These designs are really very inspirational. Subtle designs are very much attractive by itself. Any thing is designed or written over subtle background looks very attractive.

  • Earl Varona, October 22, 2012

    Amazing! Great post.

  • Alexandre, November 12, 2012

    Great selection provided thanks for sharing and waiting more….

  • Alex, November 19, 2012

    With design work it’s the tiny details that can make all the difference in the world. Even something as simple as adding textures in the right places can make a dramatic difference in the overall aesthetics of a website.

    Alex
    Isadora Design – Creative Design Studio