Textures in Web Design – Examples and Best Practices

When you hear someone say ‘textures in web design’ what is the first thing you think of? Do you picture the heavy textured websites that resemble a grunge band or do you think of the light textures that often occupy the retro styled websites? Whatever answer you chose, you’re right. Textures in web design range from the light, almost unnoticeable, to the thick, in your face style.

Today I want to show you some proper examples of textures in web design. Some of the best practices in textured web designs are shown below so I hope you can become inspired by the images and if you have a website with texture in it, don’t hesitate to drop a comment and let us know – textured website designs are my favorite.

Subtle Grunge Textures

Below are some websites that utilize the subtle grunge effect, which allows their websites to remain clean of clutter and professional looking, while still giving it that slight bit of edge needed in order to stand out from their competitors.

Colin Grist

Textures in Web Design

Le Tipi

Textures in Web Design

Wixel

Textures in Web Design

Krista Ganelon

Textures in Web Design

GroupMe

Textures in Web Design

Beautiful Type

Textures in Web Design

Neve Inspired

Textures in Web Design

Haiti One Year Later

Textures in Web Design

Netzbewegung

Textures in Web Design

Code23

Textures in Web Design

Elise Teddington

Textures in Web Design

Heavy Grunge Textures

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum is the heavy grunge websites that hold the “dirtier the better” mantra very close to heart. You’ll see a lot of messiness in their designs yet also note that everything still looks great and functions very well. It’s hard to do, but if you’re able to pull it off, you’ll walk away with an awesome website like the ones below.

Truth Saves

Textures in Web Design

Kez, Human Jukebox

Textures in Web Design

TAEBO Team Stuttgart

Textures in Web Design

Edinburgh 2 Liverpool

Textures in Web Design

XGO

Textures in Web Design

Random Grunge Textures

Below are websites that couldn’t really be grouped into the above two categories but still utilize the grunge elements beautifully across the board. Some are clean and simple layouts like Solid Giant while others showcase a retro vibe to their designs like Logo Nest and Forever Heavy.

Logo Nest

Textures in Web Design

Missing Pages

Textures in Web Design

hey Indy

Textures in Web Design

Solid Giant

Textures in Web Design

Teixido

Textures in Web Design

Aboard Entrepreneurship

Textures in Web Design

Submit Quickly

Textures in Web Design

Forever Heavy

Textures in Web Design

Simply WP

Textures in Web Design

About the Author

Mike writes a Freelance Blog on a regular basis and is also a full time blog designer at Guerrilla.

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  • http://www.dzinepress.com/ Dzinepress

    inspiring post.

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  • http://wixel.net Sean Nieuwoudt

    Thanks for featuring our site, Mike!

    Great post!

    S

  • SEO Sheffield

    Beautiful artwork. Please continue posting your work. If it’s possible, I would like to learn and get some ideas on your work.

  • Houston Web Design Company

    Love the collection of sites. So many sites lack life and interest. Appreciate seeing the nice sites.

  • http://www.cluedesign.com.au/ perth web design

    Fine examples, Mike. Textured designs, when done right, can be really beautiful and pleasing to the eyes. Be wary of loading times, though.