35 Websites with Outstanding Use of Textures

Textures can add a great deal of character and can help to complete a design. In some cases the texture may be a prominent part of the design, but what is more common right now is a subtle use of texture. Even subtle textures can have a big impact. In this post we’ll showcase 35 websites with exemplary use of textures. To learn more about working with textures, see 25 Photoshop Tutorials for Working with Textures and 25 Excellent Photoshop Texture Tutorials.

XGO

XGO

Colin Grist

Colin Grist

1LOVE

1LOVE

Kyle Kramer

Kyle Kramer

Design Commission

Design Commission

CURE International

CURE International

Kez

Kez

Theme Trust

Theme Trust

Creative Arts Initiative

Creative Arts Initiative

YWAM Ozarks

YWAM Ozarks

Amazee Labs

Amazee Labs

Bord

Bord

Tony Geer

Tony Geer

Steve Mullen

Steve Mullen

Two24 Studios

Two24 Studios

Zagg

Zagg

Peter Ganfors

Peter Ganfors

Ploc Media

Ploc Media

MG Stover

MG Stover

iBEFeD

iBEFeD

Spreadt

Spreadt

Aaron Moody

Aaron Moody

The Spray Studio

The Spray Studio

A Modern Eden

A Modern Eden

Gluckstuck

Gluckstuck

Old McDonald’s Farmers Market

Old McDonald's Farmers Market

La Botana

La Botana

Kenny Saunders

Kenny Saunders

Like-V

Like-V

Camera+

Camera+

Vegas Uncork’d

Vegas Uncork'd

CreativXposure Group

CreativXposure Group

Corking Design

Corking Design

Etta

Etta

Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner

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Published March 7th, 2011 by

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  • Andy @ FirstFound, March 7, 2011

    Spreadt is brilliant. I wouldn’t expect anyone to try a corrugated cardboard feel.

  • aledesign.it, March 7, 2011

    OMG! This is my preferite post! I like this kind of background. So fantastic. I wanna make some started from this examples… Effects on wall and sheet are my preferite! Thanks!

  • Great list …. Love the Cure International website

  • Anna, March 8, 2011

    http://www.geographicbags.com/ another texture website

  • Imran Khan, March 8, 2011

    That is just wonderful collection!!! Thanks for sharing =)

  • Tom Cash, March 8, 2011

    Colin Grist is awesome. Great list – thanks for sharing!

  • Chandni, March 8, 2011

    Love the use of textures on these websites. Definitely adds depth to the designs giving them a little more character.

    Colin Grist, CURE International, Gluckstuck, Corking Design and Musicians Corner would have to be my favourite textures used on these websites.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Daniel, March 8, 2011

    So pumped to see YWAM on the list!

  • Web East Yorkshire, March 8, 2011

    Awesome collection, I always love the corrugated card textures as used on the Spreadt site and I really like how the texture is used on the cure site… Thanks for sharing.

  • WebDesignHighWycombe, March 8, 2011

    Some great examples here, much more appealing that a plain coloured texture free background!

  • Highflight Design, March 8, 2011

    There are some great uses of textures here, I will be using some of these for inspiration for upcoming sites I am developing.

  • Mark, March 9, 2011

    Great collection. I’m a huge fan of concrete textures.

  • alex@macenko.com, March 9, 2011

    Great! (Thanks)

  • Web Design Mauritius, March 9, 2011

    Great selection. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ivy, March 9, 2011

    Love seeing CURE International and YWAM on this list!

  • Joel A Glovier, March 9, 2011

    Thanks for featuring our work in this post! It’s really an honor to be listed among so many incredible sites.

    Thanks!

    JAG
    CURE Web & Graphic designer

  • Peter Granfors, March 9, 2011

    Thanks for the mention. Great work listed.

    Personal favorite would be http://www.glueckstueck.com/
    This site inspired me on another project, great work on there.

  • Nottingham Web Design, March 10, 2011

    Amazing examples, bookmarked this for inspiration!

  • Liezel Go, March 10, 2011

    Great to see CURE International here! CURE International’s website is nice.

  • robb, March 10, 2011

    Inspired by these uses of texture. I like the rustic old paper look. Considering switching my sites background up.

  • jon, March 10, 2011

    great inspiring collection, thanks for sharing !

  • Altaf Rahman, March 11, 2011

    All sites are nice. my favorite would be http://www.pixle.pl/bord/

  • Tristar Web Design, March 11, 2011

    I love the ‘Bord’ website, the footer is great where they have chalked in the Twitter and Facebook link. The textures give a really quirky feel, I guess that’s why a lot of portfolio sites use them. Great for inspiration, i’ll be looking back.

  • Ricardo, March 11, 2011

    And another one:
    http://www.linkzoo.net
    Just refresh the page several times and you’ll see ;)

  • kendra, March 12, 2011

    This was a fun inspirational article :) I especially like the Bord site. I love chalk boards and we don’t really have them any more :)

  • jayce-o, March 13, 2011

    thanks for sharing, very inspiring and enriching!

  • Charlie, March 18, 2011

    Cool textures but they are usually hard for coding in html :(

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 18, 2011

      Hi Charlie,
      I’m not sure how they are hard for coding. It’s just like inserting any other background image with CSS.

  • Fig Tree Design Studio, March 20, 2011

    Really inspiring! Get’s the creative juices flowing again!

  • Web Design Houston, March 22, 2011

    Great collection, I like “Spreadt” and “Board” Thanks for the inspiration

  • Web Design Cambridgeshire, March 27, 2011

    Really great use of textures in all of these sites :) Thanks for sharing

  • Chris, April 5, 2011

    Always great to see other people’s work especially when it is as inspiring as these showcased here…Have to say though I like CURE International especially how they have integrated the social widgets in with the design of the site…I will be considering ways of doing this in future projects !

  • Web Design West Midlands, April 19, 2011

    Textures on websites are really taking off. I really like them and think they add a great definition and character to a site.

  • Sumit Khaneja, April 22, 2011

    Inspirational designs for website designer. I like ‘YWAM Ozarks’.

  • LKenneth, April 24, 2011

    Wow this is an excellent blog post! i want to learn how to use real textures

  • Alex, May 18, 2011

    awesome selections!!!

  • Website Design Hull, May 18, 2011

    I love the canvass effect it looks so real, acrylic on canvas is my favourite medium in the non digital world.

  • Riak, May 31, 2011

    Fantastic Blog Post the textures look amazing!

  • Toronto Web Developer, June 9, 2011

    Very incredible blog post. I love seeing these textures come to life.

  • Rongdhonu Graphics, June 21, 2011

    Nice & Very incredible blog…

  • Colin Grist, June 23, 2011

    Thanks for including my website in your awesome list!

  • Website Design Merseyside, July 13, 2011

    Greats thanks so much for sharing

  • Essex Wedding Photography, August 31, 2011

    Some excellent web sites here

  • Software Development, September 1, 2011

    Really like the romantic feel to the Peter Ganfers design.

  • deepak, September 9, 2011

    Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! what a collection of the beautiful design’s thanks you. a neat collection love all the textures used :)

  • Huney, January 3, 2012

    Waoooooooo awesome inspiring collection..beautiful images….really very very good collection…
    thank you for sharing….

  • Yogi, June 26, 2012

    Nice! It gave me more ideas for my next projects. Thank you.

  • Mian, November 25, 2012

    Just the thing I was looking. Nice collection, hands down to vandelaydesign.

  • tu bep, June 7, 2013

    Too much for yours choice :D

  • phu kien tu bep, June 7, 2013

    very beautyful themes!! Thanks for yours share !!!