25 Beautiful Websites Using Subtle Textures

Textures can serve as a prominent element in a design, or they can subtly add character to a design without drawing much attention. In my opinion, some of the most effective uses of texture in web design are very subtle. While heavy and harsh textures are popular for grunge-style designs, softer textures are extremely versatile and can enhance just about any type of design.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 websites that make excellent use of textures without allowing them to dominate the design.

Bloom Health

Bloom Health

The Happy Bit

The Happy Bit

Sentel

Sentel

Growcase

Growcase

Website Information

Website Information

dsktps

dsktps

Rogue Dolls

Rogue Dolls

Headlamp

Headlamp

Web Design Yorkshire

Web Design Yorkshire

B3 Studios

B3 Studios

Paolo Cavanna

Paolo Cavanna

PQH

PQH

Jarad Johnson

Jarad Johnson

Grant Beach Community Garden

Grant Beach Community Garden

Assistly

Assistly

Forefathers Group

Forefathers Group

Syropia Labs

Syropia Labs

Jason Howmans

Jason Howmans

Solo

Solo

Andrea Ballerino

Andrea Ballerino

Mediovski

Mediovski

Marianne Bordreau

Marianne Bordreau

EyeWeb

EyeWeb

Blaz Robar

Blaz Robar

Menelaos Dimitropoulos

Menelaos Dimitropoulos

If you are interested in using subtle textures in your own designs, these resources from Vandelay Premier can help:

Published December 5th, 2011 by

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  • Andy @ FirstFound, December 5, 2011

    Do you not think that lots of these sites look like Tumblr themes?

  • Erick, December 5, 2011

    Good job!!!

    Always visit your web…

    Warm Regards

    Erick Tapia – Perú

  • aledesign.it, December 5, 2011

    A good selection..So nice! Thanks for sharing!

  • Web Design Links, December 6, 2011

    Love the textures used by Eyeweb and Sentel! Excellent examples of subtle textures that don’t disturb the visitor in exploring the website.

  • Web Hosting, December 6, 2011

    There are r4eally beautiful indeed!

  • Evan 'OldWorld' Skuthorpe, December 6, 2011

    Some lovely examples!

  • Davis Barnes, December 6, 2011

    Great post! We used subtle textures in a site we launched recently for Rush3 Studio: http://www.rush3studio.com

    A plaster texture was used on the homepage, a linen treatment on the main product page and an parchment texture on the “About Rush” page.

  • Steve Broome, December 7, 2011

    Excellent stuff, really enjoy the Mediovski one.

  • Marcom, December 9, 2011

    Another great selection, cool use of texture that works across devices.

  • Raj Sandhu, December 12, 2011

    Excellent design showcase, I really liked it and have bookmared this page for my design work as reference

  • Nathan Sri, December 13, 2011

    gobloomhealth was my favorite.Thanks for sharing

  • el Audio Media, December 19, 2011

    Awesome examples. Subtle textures are definitely a trend for 2012 too!

  • Rajan Arora, February 15, 2012

    Nice collection.