25 Beautifully Dark Website Designs

A few weeks ago I published a gallery of Beautifully Colorful Websites that drew a lot of interest from designers. I thought it would be appropriate to follow that up with a collection of great designs that feature dark colors. As always, feel free to leave your comments and mention your favorites.

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Hydra Studio
Hydra Studio

Evan Eckard
Evan Eckard

Print Huge
Print Huge

Brandon Muth
Brandon Muth

Maurice Krijtenberg
Maurice Krijtenberg

Tim Kadlec
Tim Kadlec

Merix
Merix

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Aten Design Group
Aten Design Group

Deluxe Digital Media
Deluxe Digital Media

smashLAB
Smash Lab

Taxis Aeroport
Taxis Aeroport

Beyondis
Beyondis

Mojave
Mojave

Missy
Missy

The Hot Mag
The Hot Mag

David Hellman
David Hellman

Quantics
Quantics

Ten Thousand Things
Ten Thousand Things

George Lazaros
George Lazaros

Whooray Records
Whooray Records

Here’s Life Mission Africa
Here's Life Mission Africa

Daniel Oliver
Daniel Oliver

Shifting Creations
Shifting Creations

First Light Landscaping
First Light Landscaping

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  • Jermayn, February 25, 2008

    Nice indeed!

    some of these really use the dark colours well!

    I like the websites that use graphics as a main feature
    Maurice Krijtenberg
    Taxis Aeroport
    smashLab

    to name a few

  • Vandelay Design, February 25, 2008

    Jermayn,
    Thanks for commenting. Those are some of my favorites as well.

  • Jermayn, February 25, 2008

    They are different!
    Not the same as everything else which is good!

  • Deron Sizemore, February 25, 2008

    Very nice! I think I’ll include some of these on my CSS gallery NiceStylesheet if that’s alright with you?

    -Deron

  • xensen, February 25, 2008

    I think dark themes are great for photoblogs. I don’t like them so much if there is a lot of text.

  • bill, February 26, 2008

    I like the german http://www.mein-brandenburg.com too.

  • Azeem, February 26, 2008

    Evan Eckard’s site is exceptional. I love the clean lines and simplicity – something I tried for my own dark portfolio site.

  • PinkPetrol, February 26, 2008

    Niceeeeeeeeee!

  • Fubiz, February 26, 2008

    Beautiful selection!

  • John Bullitt, February 26, 2008

    One of my favorites: The splash page of the National Security Agency (http://www.nsa.gov). Deliciously creepy. Just looking at it, I feel like I’m being watched…

  • Stephan Miller, February 26, 2008

    I like it. I have never used a dark design for a site. These may change my attitude.

  • Nice collection. The smashLAB is very cool!

  • Dave Dragon, February 26, 2008

    My Blog also has a Dark Theme: http://davedragon.rilysi.com
    I have always preferred darker themes.

  • Jason Cain, February 26, 2008

    I am working on one. Any suggestions would be great. http://synergydesigns.synergydesigns.org

  • anglictina, February 26, 2008

    Nice, really beautiful dark designs

  • Thomas, February 26, 2008

    I think http://www.charlottesullivan.net is pretty nice for a dark themed website.

  • alan, February 26, 2008

    wow, you missed http://www.2advanced.com/

    nice list tho

  • drake, February 26, 2008

    All good!

    I like the spaciness of http://www.jvchdworld.co.uk, really good use of black and darkness too.

  • drake, February 26, 2008

    http://www.jvchdworld.co.uk (comma got thrown in in previous post)

  • Kelly, February 26, 2008

    Did Daniel Oliver get logo inspiration from David Airey, or the other way around? They seem very similar, at first I thought it was a redo of David Airey’s site.

  • gwegner.de, February 26, 2008

    What do you think: http://www.gwegner.de

  • Vandelay Design, February 26, 2008

    Deron,
    Thanks for the comment. You can feature anything you want in your gallery.

    Azeem,
    I agree. Evan’s site is one of my favorites here.

    Kelly,
    I really have no idea when the site was published. I know David Airey’s has been around for a while.

  • Adrian, February 26, 2008

    Thanks for the mention, much appreciated :)

  • Vandelay Design, February 26, 2008

    No problem Adrian. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reese, February 27, 2008

    I wonder what you guys think of http://www.movielol.org … :)

  • Ashfield, February 27, 2008

    What do you think of http://www.john-hodgson.com

  • Amanda, February 27, 2008

    I am sad that my website was not included as it’s dark and beautiful too!! http://www.soapbxx.com

  • Digital Revolutions, February 27, 2008

    Nice list :D

  • Reynder (Webdesign), February 27, 2008

    Good list. Interesting to read that one of your favourites is one of the examples I really do not like (Taxis Aeroport).

  • Tim Kadlec, February 27, 2008

    Thanks for the nod! You’ve got some really great designs displayed here…an honor to be mentioned with them.

  • Vandelay Design, February 27, 2008

    Revnder,
    Actually, to be specific I like some of the other ones that were mentioned more than that one. Of the 3 that were mentioned, I prefer the other 2.

    Tim,
    You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Rose, February 27, 2008

    You should check out by dark (yet bright) site interhuss.com

    In any case, thanks for the cool site links. Most of them are gorgeous..a few are merely good. :)

  • David, February 27, 2008

    thx alot! great sites!

  • Juggling Jason, February 29, 2008

    For a minimal site that makes great use of blacks and greys check out

    http://www.nizuc.com/

  • Funny t shirts, March 3, 2008

    I love the George Lazaros one. I am kinda into the urban vibe and got that feel from this site but since I am a dude, the hot mag really got my interest. When in doubt, throw a few half nude models on your site and whatch your traffic take off.

  • baby, March 4, 2008

    Great website!! Keep up the good work!!

  • Phoebe, July 8, 2008

    http://www.MichaelGrimaldi.net – this dark website really shows up the graphite drawings – what do you guys think of dark sites for artwork?

  • Vandelay Design, July 8, 2008

    Phoebe,
    I like dark websites for art galleries/portfolios, but personally I find the navigation of that site to be un-user friendly.

  • Vhic Hufana, July 24, 2008

    I love dark websites. Print Huge is very cool, clean and amazing. Very nice collection…Keep ‘em coming!

  • Gemma, July 24, 2008

    That JVC site is beautiful, i love good dark websites

  • Graphic Design Services, July 29, 2008

    Nice collections!

  • Graphic Art, August 31, 2008

    David Hellman design is very very beautiful. I love it very much. I hope to see more designs that really inspires people.

  • Chris Odell, November 9, 2008

    Omg! I’m in love with the First Light Landscaping theme. I will have to sort my blog out fast! Many thanks for the top tip!

  • JD, November 16, 2008

    Amazing list.
    I just posted a similar article about dark portfolios

  • Atlanta Criminal Lawyer, December 11, 2008

    Awesome list – how did you compile it? Dark website – really bring out bold colors which are very visually appealing.

  • Irfan, January 21, 2009

    I found these dark designs, very helpful

    thanks
    Irfan

  • This is creativity,this is a great talent expressed.I desire to have a dark website,how can I go about it.

  • Foto Syur, February 13, 2009

    WOW!! Now I’m not afraid of the dark anymore…

  • K-Nine, February 25, 2009

    Wow! Definitely inspiring!

  • how can i set up my own dark website?

  • 'Sabina Kersten, March 31, 2009

    In this list there is a screendump used for ‘David Hellman’ which is exactly the same design as a website used by a secondhand clothing store http://www.hetwinkeltjearnhem.nl/index.asp?id=dhri88bghntbnnnwqakzy7339mzaspk593422
    On this site the design is claimed by someone else than David Hellman.

    When clicking on the David Hellman screendump, you cannot find that design. But it made me curious.

    WHO IS THE REAL DESIGNER?

  • Vandelay Design, March 31, 2009

    Sabina,
    David Hellman has since changed the design of his site, as you noticed. I am 90% sure that David’s design was the original and the other was the copy.

  • Scott, April 24, 2009

    Wow…smashLAB does some incredible work. Came across this beautiful dark site http://www.ascenthelicopters.ca/ while looking over their portfolio.

  • Rui Augusto, May 15, 2009

    I love dark designs, great collection.

  • Christoffer, June 4, 2009

    I just thought to recommend our dark website…

  • web tasarımı, July 15, 2009

    thank you nice sharing.

  • Web Designer / Developer, August 10, 2009

    All are really cool. But here’s are my favorites,

    Maurice Krijtenberg
    Merix
    smashLAB
    Ten Thousand Things
    Shifting Creations

    Thanks for Sharing!

  • medyum, August 19, 2009

    Omg! I’m in love with the First Light Landscaping theme. I will have to sort my blog out fast! Many thanks for the top tip!

  • Shiva, August 24, 2009

    We too, fall in the same category: http://www.brokenglass.in
    Do have a look at it…
    Hopefully to get into your next list :)
    Thanks,
    Shiva.

  • Mike (Webdesigner), September 1, 2009

    Great list of beautiful websites – i just love it, thx for sharing!!

  • Amir, October 1, 2009

    Good Compilation

  • marie, October 22, 2009

    Hi,

    I notices that one which is nice too:
    http://www.krispykrush.com/

    What do you think?

  • Nick, November 13, 2009

    All of them are really cool. But these are the gratest:

    Maurice Krijtenberg
    Merix

  • sikis izle, November 22, 2009

    Great list of beautiful websites :)

  • discount codes, January 7, 2010

    Man these are wicked, I love them. I really like the Hydra Studio design, pink and black is my fav colour combo. Cheers.

  • Orlando Web Design, January 17, 2010

    Great examples!

  • Mike, March 25, 2010

    Very interesting and inspiring list!
    Here is a nice dark design that you can keep in mind for the next list. =)

  • miks, April 5, 2010

    one more dark colored web design – http://www.seo-monitor.eu

  • Nomadic One, June 22, 2010

    These sites are pretty nicely designed, utilizing the contrast of a dark background and light elements of importance. Check out this one: http://blog.nomadicflow.com

  • Beauchamp Web design, July 7, 2010

    Brilliant selection, thanks for the inspiration for future web designs

  • medyum, July 10, 2010

    David Hellman design is very very beautiful. I love it very much. I hope to see more designs that really inspires people…..

  • dreamincolor, November 15, 2010

    Good selection !
    Take a look on this Fresh collection of Amazing Dark Websites here
    http://www.dreamincoloronline.com/20-amazing-dark-websites/

  • Rene Latzke, November 26, 2010

    Oh no, there are many other nice dark Websites, sorry.

    • Vandelay Website Design, November 26, 2010

      Rene,
      Of course there are many other nice dark websites. This post is only intended to show a sample of them.

  • web design hull, December 13, 2010

    Nice collection, my favourites are David Hellman and Here’s Life Mission Africa. I don’t know if that’s saying something as these are amongst the least dark of the sites.

  • medyum, April 16, 2011

    David Hellman design is very very beautiful. I love it very much. I hope to see more designs that really inspires people……

  • jorick, May 11, 2011

    i love to use dark color every time i make a website…..Now i want to learn coming from you on matching a color in bright color in my website because i can hardly use a bright color..

  • Martin, June 18, 2011

    Very good work David, very good design.

  • Jenna, June 18, 2012

    I love the examples you have here, but it looks like some of them are outdated. In looking at the 25 Dark Websites, when I go to those websites, they look nothing like the examples posted?

    • Steven Snell, June 18, 2012

      Hi Jenna,
      That’s because the post is over 4 years old (the publication date is listed at the end of posts).

  • Rostock L., June 1, 2013

    Man these are wicked, I love them. I really like the Hydra Studio design, pink and black is my fav colour combo.