30 Inspiring Dark and Sleek Web Designs

May 31 2009 by Jacob Gube | 46 Comments

The skilled use of color gradients, lighting and glow effects, and details such as inset pixel dividers can lead to a gorgeous and sleek web design. When choosing a color palette, designers can often decide among a dark theme, a neutral/light theme, or a bright/colorful theme; this showcase presents dark-themed web layouts.

In this collection, you’ll find some terrific and inspirational examples of dark and sleek web designs.

1. Tapbots

Tapbots

2. Lisa Moseley

Lisa Moseley

3. Futurefabric

Futurefabric

4. coda.coza

coda.coza

5. designthis

designthis

6. Dino Latoga

Dino Latoga

7. Anderbose

Anderbose

8. Revision3

Revision3

9. MAQUINA

MAQUINA

10. nclud

nclud

11. Icon Designer 3.0 Beta

Icon Designer 3.0 Beta

12. Tea Round App

Tea Round App

13. Paul J. Noble

Paul J. Noble

14. Beyondis

Beyondis

15. COLOURlovers

COLOURlovers

16. Reinvigorate

Reinvigorate

17. SofaSurfer

SofaSurfer

18. Revyver Labs

Revyver Labs

19. Domestika

Domestika

20. Merix Studio

Merix Studio

21. Trevor Saint

Trevor Saint

22. just.dot

just.dot

23. Vyniknite.sk

Vyniknite.sk

24. Forest River Timber Homes

Forest River Timber Homes

25. Ordered List

Ordered List

26. Product Planner

Product Planner

27. Spundo

Spundo

28. Traffik CMS

Traffik CMS

29. Dragon Interactive

Dragon Interactive

30. atebits

atebits

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46 Comments

Kawsar Ali

May 31st, 2009

I am really big fan of Dark websites my fav hex color #303030. Thanks for sharing

JOhn Davis

May 31st, 2009

Wow, way cool designs. Very nice indeed!

Jason

May 31st, 2009

Very nice, thank you !

Matthew Heidenreich

May 31st, 2009

great list! Will definitely check some of these out

Arjen Tienkamp

May 31st, 2009

Very cool designs, thanks for sharing these :-)

Jason

May 31st, 2009

You know I really enjoy smashing, but there is way too much emphasis on design sites. As a designer I enjoy looking at other design sites, but I spend most of my time creating sites for non-design organizations and would benefit more from seeing great examples of those types of sites.

Jason

May 31st, 2009

oops, I meant sixrevision :)

Vu Tran

May 31st, 2009

These are great designs. Thanks for the share.

Ryan

May 31st, 2009

Very nice, I’ve been on a light design kick for a while and this is great inspiration.

Maverick

May 31st, 2009

i liked maquina and colourlovers the most.
nice collection though.

thanks for the list

JRivera

May 31st, 2009

@Kawsar Ali

Indeed, I have been using hex #303030, #1E1E1E, RGB: 30,30,30 for quite sometime now. I found it still remains the perfect black shade, but removes the nasty glare solid black gives.

Great post.

Television Spy

May 31st, 2009

nice idea for Vyniknite.sk.

Tom

May 31st, 2009

Very inspirational, defiantly going to motifate me to make some designs today.

Djolhan

May 31st, 2009

Nice webdesign !I like particularly the perspective of the 29. Dragon Interactive !

Kamil

May 31st, 2009

Lovely list! Thanks Jacob for including our home page (www.merixstudio.com). cheers ;]

Juan

May 31st, 2009

really great sites…thanks!!

Bim

May 31st, 2009

nice selection!

jrenvoye

May 31st, 2009

great collection :)

Jennifer

May 31st, 2009

Very nice list! I love the contrast between the dark backgrounds and random pops of color.

T-Law

May 31st, 2009

Nice picks. Thanks for great collection.

grazz

June 1st, 2009

Nice collection. The Domestika one is great.

just.dot

June 1st, 2009

Thank you for featuring our site….

Sinisa Komlenic

Brandon

June 1st, 2009

Nice.

Not really a news webpage in this collection. Dark design?

Not really efficient if you want to transfer heaps of information.

Just saying… ;-)

—–
Solomo Gutschein
solomo-gutschein.blogspot.com/

kixvix

June 1st, 2009

Really cool set. Thanks for sharing! :)

Claire Web

June 1st, 2009

Some excellent web designs here, very smart and dark as you pretty much say. I think i prefer the more interesting ones, rather than the plain ones though.

Arowolo

June 1st, 2009

Simply simple. good job

Lisa M

June 1st, 2009

Thanks for the feature! There are truly some inspiring designs on the list, and it’s an honor to be placed among them.

Business

June 1st, 2009

Very nice & inspiring collection. Thank you. I wonder why there are so many crappy sites out there, when there are so many talented designers.

julien

June 3rd, 2009

Love the Reinvigorate design. Great list.

John

June 3rd, 2009

they are Ok, thank you.

Stanislav Majerski

June 4th, 2009

Thanks for putting our site on the list. (vyniknite.sk)

Rene Zammit

June 4th, 2009

I love DARK COLORS. Check my web :p

J.Martin

June 9th, 2009

nice list…

Ivan

June 12th, 2009

You should mention http://shoeguru.ca :)

Devendra

June 20th, 2009

Great collection. Thanks for sharing. A lot of fashion and photography sites use dark colors. Would have liked to see some of those samples included too.

On Fire for Christ

July 12th, 2009

I love the redrevival.com and redrevival.com/main.htm

avn.rocky

January 25th, 2010

Quite Impressive – Thanks for that

Jenn Steinhauer

May 13th, 2010

Excellent collection. Very inspiring. Thank you!

Andrew North

July 9th, 2010

Great collection defiantly found some inspiration from looking at this list,

Thanks for sharing!

Tuvie

August 10th, 2010

Those are nice list, we do have dark and sleek theme, can we enter the list too? :D

Lyss @ generalforum

October 30th, 2010

I really wish I had the same creative streak these website designers have. I would love to be able to do this myself but I don’t have a creative bone in my body! Thanks for the interesting read.

Khaled

September 3rd, 2011

Thanks very much, i will take inspiration for my customers web site, but a french web site would be very good.

Ryan Jones

November 7th, 2011

Thanks for sharing i am always looking for inspiration for my own website and found this very useful.

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