20 Stunning Dark Website Designs

Most websites use a light background color with dark text. In some situations a dark background with lighter text can work effectively. Dark websites that are well-designed often have an elegant and stylish look. While it doesn’t work for every website, when used in the right situation a dark background can be a great choice.

In this post we’ll showcase 20 inspiring dark website designs. Hopefully, these examples can provide some ideas and inspiration that can be put to use in your own work when you are considering the use of a dark background. You may notice that certain types of sites, like portfolio sites and photography sites, tend to be a better fit with dark backgrounds. One of the main reasons for this is that these types of sites tend to rely more on images and photos for communicating with visitors, as opposed to text. While dark backgrounds can often make text harder to read when it is in longer sections, photos and graphics often look great on dark backgrounds.

Martyn Hicks Photography

Martyn Hicks Photography

Think Jam

Think Jam

Loft Resume

Loft Resume

Justin Finley

Justin Finley

Josh Sullivan

Josh Sullivan

Societe Perrier

Societe Perrier

Nelson Cash

Nelson Cash

Ignition Creative

Ignition Creative

Julien Renvoye

Julien Renvoye

Pure Pleasure Design

Pure Pleasure Design

Build 2012

Build 2012

Tangible Interaction

Tangible Interaction

Stinkdigital

Stinkdigital

With Associates

With Associates

Minivegas

Minivegas

Rule of Three

Rule of Three

Tobias van Schneider

Tobias van Schneider

BigNoise

BigNoise

The Honours

The Honours

Shoplocket

Shoplocket

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Published October 1st, 2012 by

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  • fraakz, October 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing these dark websites collection. I agree a majority of dark websites have white color for text

  • Ceba, October 2, 2012

    Dark expresses the beauty of websites and make websites visually stunning, probably thats the reason most of the designer tend to choose dark while making such websites. Nice inspiring list. Ignition Creative looks beautiful.

  • Gavin, October 2, 2012

    Great collection I have made some dark websites as well lovely and inspiring work. Thanks

  • smashinghub, October 2, 2012

    awesome dark websites…..

  • Thomas, January 8, 2013

    Really great list for those of us into web design or building our own startups from scratch, awesome inspiration here.

    I’m a single parent who bootstraps everything so looking at what WORKS helps me save money doing as much as I can myself with my own projects.

    NE1UP.com is another that has a light background, but an overall dark theme suiting the niche of late night chat.

    Thanks for the time putting the list together!