35+ Websites with Minimal Color Schemes

The color scheme of a website is obviously one of the most significant design decisions that needs to be made. When it comes to color schemes, there are all kinds of possibilities. Some use a bright, colorful scheme to create an attractive website. The sites that are featured in this post are using a simple color scheme of mostly black, white and gray.

Monochromatic color schemes can be used with any color, not just black and white, but we’ll be focusing on black and white here. Most of these sites use other colors sparingly, which can be extremely effective for making certain elements stand out. Also, because the element of color has been reduced in these designs, many of them rely heavily on typography and layout structure, as you will see in those being featured.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Designing the News

Designing the News

The DECK

The DECK

Frieze Magazine

Frieze Magazine

Thom Bennett

Thom Bennett

The Morning News

The Morning News

Cheshire Maintenance and Development

Chesire

Red Chilli

Chilli

Romsound

Romsound

DSGN + DVLP

DSGN + DVLP

David Airey

David Airey

Coding Horror

Coding Horror

Rikcat Industries

Rikcat

Maqina

Maqiina

Chama Inc

Chama

Jon Tangerine

Jon Tangerine

Mark Wieman

Mark Wieman

Gapers Block

Gapers Block

Twisted Intellect

Twisted Intellect

5ThirtyOne

5ThirtyOne

Subtraction

Subtraction

Hot Meteor

Hot Meteor

Cameron Moll

Cameron Moll

Robbie Manson

Robbie Manson

Silent Engine

Silent Engine

StyleSpion

StyleSpion

Elysium Burns

Elysium Burns

Mia Holtes Blog

Mia Hiltes

Lushpad

Lushpad

Paiko

Paiko

Don Gunderman

Don Gunderman

dkoo

dKoo

80/20

80/20

Corporate Risk Watch

Corporate Risk Watch

BlackBeltMonkey

BlackBeltMonkey

Conan Robbins

Conan Robbins

The Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

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  • Matt, December 2, 2008

    These are beautiful designs. It’s amazing how following basic graphic design rules can result in such gorgeous work.

  • Kai Müller, December 2, 2008

    Thank You for featuring StyleSpion.de in this awesome list.

  • Umut, December 2, 2008

    Very cool collection.

    Specially I love few colors in grid-based websites. Colors, grids.. it all becomes very readable. Just like “lushpad” in the collection.

  • mia, December 2, 2008

    Thank you for mentioning me!

  • Andrew, December 2, 2008

    Coding Horror has an awful font that makes it unreadable. The others are okay, though.

  • eeallo, December 2, 2008

    There is more: Modula has also a very clean, minimal layout.

  • RaSh, December 2, 2008

    Wow!
    There’s something in each of the sites that makes it look different. Proves that a “flashy” theme isn’t the only way to get a distinctive look!

    Nice collection!

  • Vladimir Carrer, December 2, 2008

    Lovely collection! Good work!

  • Janko, December 2, 2008

    Very nice showcase. It’s interesting that the most of designs have black/white as a basis. Only few of them experimented with other colors.

  • conancreatif, December 2, 2008

    Thanks a million for including my design among these other very talented designers.

  • srikanth, December 2, 2008

    All designs are Simple and beautiful.I like Sites with not more than two Colors.

  • Matt, December 2, 2008

    Great collection. I find it much harder to create a high quality “minimalist” design then it is to go all out with color and photos.

  • Heiko, December 3, 2008

    Great list and thank you so much for featuring my site among all these talented people up there! Great blog :)

  • Nathan Beck, December 3, 2008

    Nice post, goes to show that you can still do so much without colour or with minimalistic use of colour and visual embellishment.

  • Simon, December 3, 2008

    Thanks for including – my site (http://redchilli.com).

    Great collection.
    S

  • Bradley, December 3, 2008

    Gapers Block and Hot Meteor rock!

  • falanfanny, December 4, 2008

    I like all of the above themes…Your blog is great with beneficial content that is helpful to everyone. Here I came to the point’s that I am not aware of.

  • lojze, December 6, 2008

    Nice and practical websites and easy to use.

  • Akashrine, December 6, 2008

    Really nice collection. We can had http://www.hugeinc.com/ and http://www.akashrine.fr ^^

  • Shirley, December 7, 2008

    I love this list. I’m a big fan of minimalism.

  • Vitaly Pimenov, December 10, 2008

    Great list. I would add The Grid System

  • Alex, December 14, 2008

    great subject. I’d like to add zElement.com

  • Vol Cars, December 16, 2008

    Thanks for sharing the list. Some of the sites really look quite cool and it is good to see how some good use of colors be great despite using blacks, whites and grays,,,,

  • Sean Baker, December 18, 2008

    Thanks for including my site on this list, bro. Means a lot. I’m in some good company!

  • Web developer, July 8, 2009

    Its the proof that even site with just 3 colors can be good looking and professional.

  • Mandy | Print n Ink, July 16, 2009

    I think that saying “Less is more” would and should be used when it comes to web sites, I think that people go a little over the top when designing there sites, they want to put so much into it that it becomes far too busy, and for a potential visitor it becomes a nightmare to look at and they then just leave as it all too much for them, and there are those sites that do that to one.

  • Amir, October 1, 2009

    Beautifull collection !

  • Robert, November 22, 2009

    First I’d like to say that the minimalist design has long appealed to me in varying degrees. These are some very fine designs.

    That said…. seeing these samples sites back to back gives me the feeling that they are missing something. Perhaps it IS the flashy gaudiness, haphazard design, and colour schemes that are absent. While frequently unappealing, you must admit they did have character.

    Could someone please tell me; Is a trend towards a cleaner presentation where content is the focus rather than any kind of superficial element ?

    I am in the process of creating my own blog design. In worrying about colour schemes and required graphics, I have come to question the necessity of such elements.

    Any tips or advice?

  • Editha, February 12, 2010

    Maybe you would like to see another sample: http://www.hobsondungog.com
    Thanks!

  • Restaurant Table Linens, May 27, 2010

    I enjoyed viewed your minimalist selections. I think too much color can distract from the subject.

  • Alex, June 10, 2011

    I’ve always been a fan of simple, clean designs — it also makes coding a lot easier. ;)