25 Excellent Examples of Using Texture in Web Design

By / Jun 25, 2009 / Inspiration
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Here on WDL, I’ve shown you where to find plenty of amazing free textures, and we’ve given you some exclusive textures as well. Now that you have access to all these resources, I want to give you some inspiration for how you might use them in web design. You’ll notice that some of the designs below make heavy use of textures, while others take a more subtle approach. Each method works well and compliments the content while adding lots of visual interest.

Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre

Revive Africa

Revive Africa

R.U.4 Children

R.U.4 Children

Jason Julien

Jason Julien

Ecoki

Ecoki

meshU

meshU

Rocket Club

Rocket Club

Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows

Gary Knock

Gary Knock

Bart-Jan Verhoef

Bart-Jan Verhoef

Pikaboo

Pikaboo

Huxley Prairie Festival

Huxley Prairie Festival

Bridge 55

Bridge 55

Jobs on the Wall

Jobs on the Wall

84 Colors

84 Colors

Douglas Menezes

Douglas Menezes

Sarah Longnecker

Sarah Longnecker

Simple Flame

Simple Flame

Crush + Lovely

Crush + Lovely

Danny Diablo

Danny Diablo

Dawghouse Design Studio

Dawghouse Design Studio

FeedStitch

FeedStitch

Ali Felski

Ali Felski

Black Wave Creative

Black Wave Creative

Carbonica

Carbonica

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

44 Comments

  1. Mike Smith
    June 25, 2009

    Great round up. Definitely inspiring as I have a design of similar styles to create tomorrow.

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  2. Minerva
    June 25, 2009

    Very beautiful collection. Especially Ecoki is nice.

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  3. Brandon Cox
    June 25, 2009

    Now THIS is a humbling post – every single one of these designs is awe-inspiring!! They rock!

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    • Humble Idiot
      May 9, 2011

      Do you even know what humble means? Just saying

      Reply
  4. Dusan
    June 25, 2009

    Great collection, some of these sites are so pretty

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  5. Andreas Ă˜verland
    June 25, 2009

    Very cool. Quite a contrast to the shininess of many other, also cool, website designs. Very inspiring.

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  6. roc
    June 25, 2009

    Nice Job! Looks beautiful.

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  7. Mai
    June 25, 2009

    Ali felski got my vote, very nice and inspiring…pikaboo too well done guys.

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  8. Brett Shumaker
    June 25, 2009

    Wonderful sites…wish I had done them. hah! Also…looks like you caught your tweet deck in the Mesh U screenshot. :)

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  9. Henry
    June 25, 2009

    @Brett Shumaker – Ha! Good catch. Not sure how I missed that.

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  10. Gopal Raju
    June 25, 2009

    Truly inspiring!

    Gopal Raju,
    productivedreams.com

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  11. w3planting
    June 25, 2009

    great collection , these are really awesome

    84 Colors
    meshU
    Gary Knock
    Bridge 55
    Black Wave Creative

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  12. evertt de sousa
    June 25, 2009

    woow very nice post
    thanks

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  13. Cam
    June 25, 2009

    I have really been feeling textures on sites of late. Great timing.

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  14. Rick
    June 25, 2009

    It depends on the purpose of the website.

    “Texture” can end up being the enemy of functionality.

    A railway website needs to be functional. Most people just want to find out how to get from A to B and when to turn up.

    Cuddlyness gets in the way sometimes!

    example: Swiss Rail – http://www.rail.ch

    Refreshingly simple and efficient….

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  15. Jake
    June 25, 2009

    Truly inspirational collection, thanks for the post!

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  16. Brian Feister
    June 25, 2009

    Excellent roundup. Love the Ecoki site particularly!

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  17. Adam T. Janes
    June 26, 2009

    These texture inspirations might just take my site to another level. ty

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  18. Daniel
    June 26, 2009

    A lot more examples of using texture here:

    http://siteinspire.net/showcase/category/style/texture

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  19. squareart
    June 26, 2009

    Thanks for the inspiration! Some cool sites here.

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  20. Smith
    June 27, 2009

    All designs are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your Valuable information.
    As I am also working for web design this information will help me increase my knowledge.

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  21. Roald André
    June 27, 2009

    Awsome!

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  22. 9swords
    June 28, 2009

    Amazing round up! Douglas Menezes’s site is really something to admire for it’s originality.

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  23. create own website
    June 28, 2009

    very beautiful web designs i wonder how their designers make them!!

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  24. Nicholas Z. Cardot
    June 28, 2009

    I love texture in design. In my opinion it looks so much better than glossy sites!

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  25. 2pxborder
    June 29, 2009

    Nice post, thanks

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  26. Sarah Lynn
    June 29, 2009

    Great post! I agree with Nicholas in saying it is much better than gloss. More inviting and friendly, hands down. Thanks!

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  27. Alisa Rogers
    July 2, 2009

    A good collection. I would say that just use the one that you need, I think the author not really want you to use everything here, we all know that we have our own style, we use different tools to design those tools we are comfortable using. This is just a variety of tools that maybe one of these are your must-have-tools.

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  28. maflewdesigns
    July 4, 2009

    great! very nice. thanks

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  29. Annie
    July 10, 2009

    Ha ha! The designer for StitchFeed left an amusing easter egg for visitors with 29″ monitors.

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  30. Luke Jones
    July 17, 2009

    Nice round-up, particularly like Feedstitch and Carbonica.

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  31. sunny
    August 19, 2009

    thanks for ur share!

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  32. Carl Smart
    September 8, 2009

    Great post, great selection.

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  33. Joanna
    October 29, 2009

    using texture in design is a growing trend that I love, love, love. The trick is to incorporate it into the design while retaining a clean look. Those are excellent examples how that’s possible.

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  34. Rohit Arondekar
    October 30, 2009

    Hey nice collection – you might want to look at http://www.mesonprojekt.com – one more of the texture types :)

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  35. Peach
    November 28, 2009

    Very nice collection indeed.

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  36. Azterik Media
    December 4, 2009

    The Dawghouse Design Studio site is fantastic. Kudos to their website designers. Thanks for putting this collection together.
    Cheers,
    Cheryl
    Azterik Media

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  37. Jan Cavan
    December 12, 2009

    Thanks for including Dawghouse Design Studio to this list!

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  38. Aphrodite
    July 1, 2010

    I think there should be elements of texture in all web designs. It can bring the whole look of the page to life. :)

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  39. Tess
    July 2, 2010

    Very nice roundup :) The use of textures definitely make a website fresher and less static. Thanks for sharing this.

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  40. Andrew
    July 2, 2010

    Bridge 55′s website looks the part, the textures they use for the background and attention to detail really suit their urban theme, some good examples there.

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  41. Martin Lucas
    July 29, 2010

    Great list of examples, I don’t think there’s even a design I’d class as just OK in here. They’re all stunning!

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  42. Sherwin
    September 21, 2010

    Amazing! These are good examples. I like FeedStitch the most. I like the blend of colors and the fonts used.

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  43. arun
    June 22, 2011

    Its an wonderful collection of blog.And Each and Every one templates so well designed.Thanks for sharing these type of posts.

    Reply

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