Showcase Of Beautiful Textured Web Designs

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Textures have become more popular and been put to greater use in recent years. They’re not limited to Web design either; textures of all kinds are used in print design, illustration, traditional art, TV commercials… you name it! Texture is one of the best ways to add depth to your design, whether it’s subtle noise on a clean vector illustration or a lot of grunginess throughout a layout.

Over the last weeks we collected numerous examples of beautiful textured Web designs to inspire you, followed by a small collection of links to help you get started in using textures in your own designs.

If you like this post, you may be interested in reading some of our other texture-related articles:

Textured Web Designs

Loukotka

Loukotka

FT Designer

FT Designer

Cole & Weber

Cole & Weber

Jason Julien

Jason Julien

Trinity Irish Pub

Trinity Irish Pub

The Klog

Klog

Alex Coleman

Alex Coleman

Bergedorf

Bergedorf

Big Cartel

Big Cartel

Stuck in Customs

Stuck in Customs

Bill C. English

Bill C. English

Boerne Wild West Day

Boerne Wild West Day

Brown Blog Films

Brown Blog Films

Chouteaus Landing

Chouteaus Landing

Ctrl+N Diseño Gráfico

Ctrl+N Diseño Gráfico

Cubeclub Chemnitz

Cubeclub Chemnitz

Danny Diablo

Danny Diablo

Demain Jarrete

Demain Jarrete

DH Cards

DH Cards

Dibtych

Dibtych

Douglas Menezes

Douglas Menezes

Eliseos

Eliseos

Fudge

Fudge

5 Pieces

5 Pieces

Glocal Ventures

Glocal Ventures

Handcrafted CSS

Handcrafted CSS

Inner Metro Green

Inner Metro Green

Introzo

Introzo

53 Mondays

53 Mondays

Island Photobooth

Island Photobooth

Mutant Labs

Mutant Labs

Legwork Studio

Legwork Studio

Le Web Défi

Le Web Défi

Lilly Stable

Lilly Stable

Love Freelancing

Love Freelancing

Mark Forrester

Mark Forrester

Markup & Style

Markup & Style

Martin Anderle

Martin Anderle

Matt Salik

Matt Salik

Merge Web

Merge Web

Meson Projekt Blog

Meson Projekt Blog

Morphix

Morphix

Mother Earth Brewing

Mother Earth Brewing

New to York

New to York

Orange Label

Orange Label

Pampaneo

Pampaneos

Piz’za-za

Piz'za-za

River City Church

River City Church

Roar 4 Milk

Roar 4 Milk

Saddleback Leather

Saddleback Leather

Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow

Story Pixel

Story Pixel

Sushi and Robots

Sushi and Robots

Texture Lovers

Texture Lovers

Tony Chester

Tony Chester

Yodaa

Yodaa

What Is Blik

What Is Blik

Yellow Bird Project

Yellow Bird Project

Thunder Fuel

Thunder Fuel

THS

THS

Texture Downloads

Texture Tutorials

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Callum Chapman is a self-employed blogger and graphic/web designer. He has recently launched a blog dedicated to visual inspiration for designers, photographers and artists called The Inspiration Blog.

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    Good article!

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    Great collection, only seen a handful of these before. I love a well textured website design.

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    Not a big fan of such complex visuals, for websites & user-interfaces.

    The Graphics in those websites are really good though.

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    Thank you for the mention guys!

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    You missed one of the best: Check out the portfolio of Elder Jerez, amazing use of textures: http://www.progressiveone.com

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    Nice to see some sites with more creative and relevant textures other than the cliché ‘grunge’ effect.

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    Some real cool designs here.

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    excellent creative !!! very useful for me!! awesome creators!!!

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    Great collection—full of sites I haven’t seen before (so rare in these kind of posts these days)! Kudos.

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      Thank you Kate and Jessica for hosting me today! I had so much fun as your guest today :) And Kate, thank you for the wodeurfnl review. I’m so excited (jumping up and down thrilled) to hear that you enjoyed it!!

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    Gripping stuff!

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    As pretty as some are, I can’t see them being very practical. THS has a background image that weighs in at 1.1mb. Not exactly optimized!

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    Glad you like it – it took a while to put this one together! Quite a lot of research went in to finding unseen sites by both me and Vitaly. Thanks for the links guys, I’ve bookmarked them for a future post! ;)

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    Great roundup! I think the {ths} one is pretty inspiring. Another example of combining different textures to create depth: http://aggressivepanhandler.com

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    Seriously? Background images? Yes these are nicer than the cement and wood grain textures of fifteen years ago, but it’s still basically the same thing.

    I guess I’m with the crowd that doesn’t much care what color of paint is on the outside of the store. I’m interested in what’s inside. And I’ll guarantee you the inside doesn’t look like the outside, most times.

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    fabulous collection!

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    Nice collection. Better than the of last year :) More my kind of stuff ^^
    I think you should add http://nocreativity.com/blog/ too. The header and footer are pieces of artwork!

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    I LOVE THIS! I’m so happy you’ve posted this, this is exactly my style and I’ve been lacking inspiration of late, brill! Thanks!

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    Great and inspiring collection. Thanks.

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    Some really unique designs here, Brown Bag films has been a favorite site of mine for awhile.

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    Texture has been a growing trend in web design and I hope it’s here to stay. I love the style. The trick here is to incorporate textures without making the designs too heavy. Many of these examples here show that texture and clean design can work together beautifully.

    Great selections, love so many.

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    Awesome round up! Textured is a great design style that doesn’t get enough press. Not only is it difficult to design, but converting to HTML is no walk in the park.

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    Oh, wow. Remarkable.

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    Some genuinely beautiful and clever sites – most are portfolio sites it would seem. No harm in that. Translating this into the corporate online world might not be the way to go but inspirational nonetheless.

    Well done SM. Keep up the great work.

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    FYI the Handcrafted CSS link is broken.

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    Thanks for the mention and great collection. Congrates !

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    Christopher Anderton

    October 29, 2009 5:40 pm

    Hello. My name is *input your name here*. I’m a designer and….

    AHHHHHHHHHH!! :)

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    Thanks for mention Eliseos You guys rock!

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    Beautyful collections!!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks for the mention dude and great collection. Congrates !

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    Congrats….Nice collection

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    Check this one also : http://www.skovin.com.mk

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    Martin Anderle’s site is totally gorgeous!!

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  34. 35

    Now that’s a roundup. Love texture and love learning how to better use it, especially in web design.

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  35. 36

    Thanks for taking the time to collect these beatiful sites of inspiration!

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    Amazin!

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    I post a news about this post in our 53mondays blog. We very happy in agency ^^.

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  38. 39

    Some awesome work there – really impressive stuff. Check out In Safe Hands Childcare for another good use textured background

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    Thank you guys at Smashing Magazine for mentioning our site!

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    hey, thanks for mentioning my site – nice collection :)))
    greetz from frankfurt

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    I can’t help but find the header in the second example funny.

    “Hello! I’m Graphic Designer who is passionate for creating modern and functional design that provokes feelings.”

    Nice to meet you Graphic Designer, thanks for provoking feelings. I’m not going to say what type of feelings, just feelings in general will do.

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    thanks for recognizing “Trinity Irish Pub” it was a tuff one :)

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    many of these showing that usability and personality are awesome together, a break from the tired clinical interfaces… faves: brown bag, ths, story pixel, sushi/robots

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    Lisa & Danny Bergedorf

    October 30, 2009 9:38 am

    Thank you so much for mentioning our website – and thank you so much to our designer too. Thank you :-)

    We really like some of the others to..

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    Karl Francisco Fernandes

    October 30, 2009 10:04 am

    Thank you Smashing Magazine for this mention! This is a dream come true. Cheers!

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  47. 48

    awesome reference post, but am i the only one who is sick of seeing layers and layers of dirty paper, stickies and paperclip collages on every other site?

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    @Mike
    I agree. I’m tired of seeing every other website I visit using these design elements in them.

    Though, I do like this collection. Inspirational!

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    I love textured sites.

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    October 31, 2009 6:11 am

    I love these designs, but they are just too much. It is a puzzle to read what the content of the site is sometimes. Everything in moderation, seems to be forgotten here, sometimes. Many are excellent. Great inspiration.

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    Thanks for the feature! Minor correction: the site is Lilly’s Table, not Lilly Stable.

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    Y, it’s very nice, thx.

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    Thunder Fuel is awesome! I love the background of it. so cool.

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    Here’s a brand new one that just launched for a Youtube celeb:

    http://www.davedays.com

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