30 Beautiful Dark Website Designs for Inspiration

May 27 2012 by Jacob Gube | 40 Comments

30 Beautiful Dark Website Designs for Inspiration

Using dark colors in your web design can create a look that’s edgy. This showcase features some excellent dark website designs for your inspiration. At the end of this showcase, you’ll find several more resources related to dark web designs.

1. The Old Barber Shop

Dark website design example: The Old Barber Shop

2. 76 Synthesizer

Dark website design example: 76 Synthesizer

3. JUXT Interactive

Dark website design example: JUXT Interactive

4. Alien Bikes

Dark website design example: Alien Bikes

5. DesignWise

Dark website design example: DesignWise

6. Indubitablee

Dark website design example: Denise Chandler

7. Gold Top Cider

Dark website design example: Gold Top Cider

8. Gangibob

Dark website design example: Gangibob

9. JoshSullivan.me

Dark website design example: JoshSullivan.me

10. Michelle Carrillo

Dark website design example: Michelle Carrillo

11. BlissfullyAware

Dark website design example: BlissfullyAware

12. Designers.MX

Dark website design example: Designers.MX

13. Power Of One

Dark website design example: Power Of One

14. Jet Cooper

Dark website design example: Jet Cooper

15. Riser

Dark website design example: Riser

16. Kansas City CreepFest

Dark website design example: Kansas City CreepFest

17. Champion Boxing Fitness

Dark website design example: Champion Boxing Fitness

18. Adrian Baxter

Dark website design example: Adrian Baxter

19. Rune Werner Molnes

Dark website design example: Rune Werner Molnes

20. Moa Beer

Dark website design example: Moa Beer

21. Luhse Tea

Dark website design example: Luhse Tea

22. La Bubbly

Dark website design example: La Bubbly

23. Founders Fund

Dark website design example: Founders Fund

24. Thismanslife

Dark website design example: Thismanslife

25. Dan Ogborn

Dark website design example: Dan Ogborn

26. Hiut Denim

Dark website design example: Hiut Denim

27. CultStory

Dark website design example: CultStory

28. Tim Roussilhe Portfolio

Dark website design example: Tim Roussilhe Portfolio

29. Bluecadet Interactive

Dark website design example: Bluecadet Interactive

30. The Weather

Dark website design example: The Weather

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions. He’s also a web developer/designer who specializes in front-end development (JavaScript, HTML, CSS) and also a book author. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page and follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.

40 Comments

Austin

May 27th, 2012

I just cannot get enough of the inspirational posts. Designer’s block is a very real thing and these type of posts just help get over it a little faster.

Austin

Keshav

May 28th, 2012

Very nice – especially the Michelle Carrillo one!

Earl

May 28th, 2012

I agree, Keshav, but I think my vote would go for Champion Boxing Fitness

CreativeWebGallery

May 28th, 2012

Excelent !.
Tnkx for sharing !

Saya

May 28th, 2012

Black and whites are the most popular background that web designers use. The one important factor about black background is at the beginning it sounds that design pops out better but the problem with controlling color effects/ balance and readability is more tricky than white background. There are many good examples above like “Lusha Tea” or the “Alien Bike” site- Some are bit busy and not so unique- Thanks for putting this together- very helpful to see how other designers treat dark background

Courtright Design

May 29th, 2012

Thanks for the post! What an awesome list of quality sites.

Josh Sullivan’s website stands out–memorable and impacting.

Rachael

May 29th, 2012

A great collection of dark websites, I agree with Saya that some are more unique than others – but I think all the sites you have featured have been completed to a high standard. I like the design for power of one, it stands out against all of these almost black sites which have been featured. I think my favourite here is for champion boxing fitness, the effect on the photo ties in with the dark background perfectly by softening the edges to blend in a less obvious way than using a sharp solid line.

Thanks for putting the post together.

Anntina

May 29th, 2012

Amazing collection~I like black colors

Ubersoft

May 30th, 2012

Personally I love websites with a dark background, and some of these are simply stunning, however but its not for everyone.

My personal favorites shown above are Riser and Championship Boxing, good layout, great use of colours.

foo

May 30th, 2012

yes beautiful….thismanlife is my favorite…

Nilambar Sharma

June 1st, 2012

Nice collection. Thanks for sharing !!!

Rob Shields

June 1st, 2012

These black and white designs are so powerful. I enjoy them much better than all the flashy colorful stuff seen on the web.

My favorites are Adrian Baxter and Dan Ogborn

NativeHacker

June 2nd, 2012

Vote for synth76… awesome
btw, nice collection

Clarens

June 11th, 2012

Wow… I’m speechless.. Amazing designs!! Thanks for sharing!

Fred Dirkse

June 12th, 2012

Great collection. These dark website design samples look more appealing to users to attract them visiting on your site. Keep on sharing an inspirational and useful post, thanks Jacob.

Carvin

June 14th, 2012

Great Collections and i vote for Michelle Carrillo :) Thanks!

Maneet Puri

June 16th, 2012

Really inspiring! Dark themes or even colors really work wonders on your website. Black has always been one of my favorite dark colors as I feel it is really very elegant. Black and white color combination go easy with all types of websites but one should consider the readability factor before finalizing any theme.

Arya

June 18th, 2012

I love Alien Bikes and JUXT Interactive.

Fred Campbell

June 18th, 2012

Thanks for a brilliant and inspiring collection of websites. If Tim Roussilhe doesn’t get a job from that site I’ll eat my hat.

Pavan Somu

June 18th, 2012

This is a fantastic showcase. They show that you don’t always need splashes of color to make it look good.

Sabrina

June 18th, 2012

I like dark websites, it’s finding clients who are willing to do a dark background. I think people like the idea but the execution and readability are what fall short.
As you can see from our portfolio http://www.mainstreetwebworx.com/affordable-websites we have a few dark backgrounds but the majority have been light because of client needs. I like the Weather but again the readability is struggling.

Chris

June 19th, 2012

Wow! Never knew ‘beautiful black’ also exists for websites… Thanks for sharing!

Earl Varona

June 20th, 2012

Amazing! I look forward to my next dark web design. My top 2 favorites are AlienBikes and BlissfullyAware. I like how clean those two looks. =)

Mahmood

June 21st, 2012

Great collection… thanks for sharing

Santosh

June 26th, 2012

Hey Jacob this is really appreciable work. I want to look the same in Logos too.

vivek

June 26th, 2012

Good Collections. My favorite is “Riser”.

justwordpress

June 26th, 2012

Gangibob and Champion Boxing Fitness are the best looking ones… it’s actually hard to pick the coolest dark websites as they are all incredible good looking. thanks for sharing Jacob!

Mihai

June 27th, 2012

great article … thanks for sharing guys ;)

Nic Cohen

June 28th, 2012

Have to agree on this one, certainly like the Michelle Carrillo website!! Very smart indeed!

paveya

June 29th, 2012

very beautiful web designs I have ever seen while i’m searching on web. thanks for posting

Haarty Hanks

July 4th, 2012

Really nice collection for inspiration.
I am going to try it for guitar site.

Felix

July 6th, 2012

Nice collection.

Does anybody know what font is used in 7. Gold Top Cider: “Original Drink (of) America”? Reminds me of some old beverage logo…

Thanks, Felix

SDWHaven

July 7th, 2012

Dark themes are great. They have a nice sleek and modern feeling to them. Great collection!

Vijith

July 11th, 2012

Yes my vote also for the website Champion Boxing Fitness :)

Joel Bouckaert

July 12th, 2012

I really liked The Old Barber Shop. Well done.

Gaslight Creative

July 12th, 2012

I’ve seen the Kansas City Creep Fest twice in the last 5 minutes. Absolutely love the design.

Jonathan Scialpi

July 13th, 2012

LOVED number 24 “thismanslife” … really cool and creative. Sort of makes the content pop off the site due to it dark background and vibrant content colors

pixelcoder

March 3rd, 2013

Just doing a dark Template, great resource for inspiration, thanks a lot!

Jeff G

June 18th, 2013

I loved #24! Its very creative and awesome. The dark background really makes things pop!

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