50 Beautifully Dark Web Designs

Oct 26 2008 by Jacob Gube | 83 Comments

Selecting colors for a site is one of the most crucial parts of web design. The color palette can evoke certain types of emotions in a user and sets the tone for the user’s experience while perusing the site. Websites with dark colors can represent "non-mainstream", "elite", and "unconventional".

The use of dark backgrounds also centers the attention towards the content, making it an effective theme for portfolios, image galleries, and design-centered sites.

In this collection, you’ll find some of the best dark-themed web designs. This is the second part of the "Beautiful Web Designs" series that starts off at "30 Beautifully Blue Web Designs".

Starbucks Coffee At Home

Starbucks Coffee At Home - screen shot.

electricurrent

electricurrent - screen shot.

Pikaboo

Pikaboo - screen shot.

TAKE THE WALK

TAKE THE WALK - screen shot.

Bird Malaysia

Bird Malaysia - screen shot.

Elan Snowboards

Elan Snowboards - screen shot.

Eye Candy

Eye Candy - screen shot.

Mike Poss’ Rock Guitar Blog

Mike Poss' Rock Guitar Blog - screen shot.

The Statement

The Statement - screen shot.

Nile Inside

Nile Inside - screen shot.

Batman The Dark Knight in 3D

Batman The Dark Knight in 3D - screen shot.

Ordered List

Ordered List - screen shot.

LaRedoute

LaRedoute - screen shot.

BootB

BootB - screen shot.

B.N.WEISS

B.N.WEISS - screen shot.

MyCacties

MyCacties - screen shot.

Traffik CMS

Traffik CMS - screen shot.

Riffs Music Academy

Riffs Music Academy - screen shot.

cyan

cyan - screen shot.

Meet the BigMan

Meet the BigMan - screen shot.

Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar - screen shot.

AdaptD

AdaptD.com - screen shot.

Pixel Farm

Pixel Farm - screen shot.

Na vlastní nebezpečí

Na vlastní nebezpečí - screen shot.

FAST EDDIE CHAMBERS

FAST EDDIE CHAMBERS - screen shot.

Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay Stocks - screen shot.

depthCORE

depthCORE - screen shot.

IDEO

IDEO - screen shot.

Sascha Eggenberger

Sascha Eggenberger - screen shot.

2Pitch

2Pitch - screen shot.

JUXT Interactive

JUXT Interactive - screen shot.

Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed - screen shot.

okb

okb - screen shot.

Viewzi

Viewzi - screen shot.

Rox

Rox - screen shot.

Training by Collective Idea

Training by Collective Idea - screen shot.

Level9 Design

Level9 Design - screen shot.

Rabotilnica

Rabotilnica - screen shot.

Hamish Macpherson

Hamish Macpherson - screen shot.

Timothy van Sas

Timothy van Sas - screen shot.

Incase

Incase - screen shot.

new {concept}

new {concept} - screen shot.

coda.coza

coda.coza - screen shot.

Dead Metropolis Recordings

Dead Metropolis Recordings - screen shot.

Mad Detective

Mad Detective - screen shot.

Chyrp

Chyrp - screen shot.

Backboard

Backboard - screen shot.

Product Planner

Product Planner - screen shot.

Wacom Pen Collective

Wacom Pen Collective - screen shot.

Krista’s Creations

Kristas Creations - screen shot.

What do dark designs mean to you?

Why do you think a designer chooses a dark color scheme? What emotions and messages do dark designs convey to the audience? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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83 Comments

Umar

October 26th, 2008

this looks pretty cool

Adam

October 26th, 2008

Nice list, thanks. It’s nice there is one web from Czech Republic :))

kushi

October 26th, 2008

i like this website color combination

Dan

October 26th, 2008

http://www.pzgi.com is another great one

Panther

October 26th, 2008

Mark my words, I’ll make it to one of these lists someday!

stan

October 26th, 2008

Why is goocoal.com not on this list !!!!

Seeds For Wealth Good Web Design

October 26th, 2008

Excellent list! There are so many great designers out there so passionate about their work it’s frightening.

Once again, excellent list!

Rodnei

October 26th, 2008

Mine is only a training with CSS, and is still under development. Take a look http://studioz.multiply.com

One day I’ll make one like these!

Farid Hadi

October 26th, 2008

Nice list.
A lot of these designs are really great.

Virat

October 26th, 2008

Very nice list.

Sam

October 26th, 2008

Sweet, I love these designs. Dark designs look so great, I can’t get enough of them.

Pims

October 26th, 2008

Glad to see some new designs. Nice list.

Nick

October 26th, 2008

Thanks for the inspiration.

John

October 26th, 2008

Ahhhh, what a satisfying blog post. Thanks!

I’ve always loved using dark backgrounds (like on my website, http://www.neardark.com – shamesless plug) as they tend to really make photography and typography pop on the screen.

Am thrilled to see someone gather up this nice list of examples.

Cheers,

John

Stag

October 26th, 2008

Very inspiring. I’m also a fan of this one: http://niid.to – dark and mysterious, with a humorous twist.

Steven Snell

October 26th, 2008

Looks like I’ll have to change my posting schedule for this week. I had a draft of dark websites waiting to be published. Oh well, nice collection.

liam

October 26th, 2008

Stop it! Too many great posts. You’re making the rest of us look bad. Especially me!

Love it, and recently been loving your site a lot more and more. Great stuff buddy.

Tung

October 26th, 2008

Nice list…

Exdizajn

October 26th, 2008

Great list, my favorite is incg.nl

ying0216

October 26th, 2008

Nice collection Mmm

Andy Sowards

October 27th, 2008

Man! Great list! Some awesome sites in here, Still Can’t believe mine isn’t in there tho! ;) Its pretty dark!

insic

October 27th, 2008

nice designs. love it!

Marcelo

October 27th, 2008

a recommendation:

http://www.mekanism.com

design

October 27th, 2008

this one quite unique from Sweden
http://www.constructit.com

Dave Ellis

October 27th, 2008

Thanks for including the Riffs site!

James

October 27th, 2008

Really nice collection. IMO a couple of them seem a little bland but nonetheless a really nice demonstration of what can be done with the colour black!

Curvball

October 27th, 2008

Awesome collection, a few of those are in my top 10 list :)

Keep up the good work and hope to see some more classic posts like this from you in the future.

As for myself personally, I love dark design – it just feels right.

Robin

October 27th, 2008

Awsome designs, got inspiration from a few of them for my blog.

Justo

October 27th, 2008

I personally like http://www.ttthings.com a lot, but I guess it’s just a matter of taste cause I usually prefer dark on white websites.

JuanS

October 27th, 2008

I like them dark themes!

IhateDesign

October 27th, 2008

exist more words for that? no, only Wow!

great recopilation!

PureDezigner

October 27th, 2008

Great resource with perfect timing, I’m currently looking for ideas for a redesign of my current portfolio site: http://www.puredezigner.com. Thanks for the post!!

Salwa

October 27th, 2008

Great inspiration. Awesome list. Thanks!

Graeme

October 27th, 2008

A goo dlist of sites, and some inspirational ideas too. Even my own site is dark, although not for much longer as iI’m in the process of re-designing it.

iBeer

October 27th, 2008

cool list, thanks!
good work

Fifty Studio

October 27th, 2008

You left us off!? Terrible. Fifty Studio

Those other 50 are some mighty fine sites, too.

Kimberley

October 28th, 2008

tijuanaflats.com It’s a restaurant and an awesome web page especially since the burrito restaurant seems to be geared towards young people. I love the creativity of all of these sites.

elisa

October 28th, 2008

wow…they’re cool!

Azeem

October 28th, 2008

Great list – The Ordered List guys site is brilliant.

Time to shamelessly plug my own dark design (sorry!): http://www.azeemalim.co.uk

rogier

October 28th, 2008

Dark and portal

netzwahn

October 28th, 2008

Great second part of your “beautiful web design” series.
Thanks for your work

Santiago Sosa

October 29th, 2008

Nice list, there are many designers intimidated by dark color layouts, in the other hand I believe that if done correctly, a dark website looks very sophisticated.

http://www.alldigitalmedia.com

Mladen

October 29th, 2008

Was a site like twitter but with few categories like:
I love…
I think..
I hate..
on this list, i can’t find it but i loved that site :(

Simon

October 30th, 2008

Another one that’s good is http://www.redchilli.com

Anthony

October 31st, 2008

amazing work! check out my Long Island Web Design Company if you can.

Jernej

October 31st, 2008

I like Elliot Jay Stocks!

Mithun

November 1st, 2008

Great Site Designs … Nice.. ..

aronil

November 3rd, 2008

Great list! Honestly I don’t know why one would choose black except for maybe to be diff from the popular white bgs out there. Black to me gives more depth and also looks very artistic. Black in acting, allows you to be the plain canvas.. so maybe in that sense that’s why people use black bgs. Allowing others to interpret what you could possibly mean with your creative bg…. i’m rambling but it’s a thought :)

Bored

November 3rd, 2008

i really hate most dark designs but some of these are very cool.

Ralph

November 6th, 2008

Great summary about “dark web-design” with many, many great ideas for me.

Thank you. Ralph

Kevin

November 14th, 2008

Absolutely nice collection.. how about http://smashingfeeds.com ?

sheeraz

January 8th, 2009

http://www.teppser.com is also a beautiful dark design…

süperya

January 20th, 2009

I like these design. Thanks ;)

PJN Swindon

January 22nd, 2009

Love the list you’ve got there, very inspirational

john o

January 29th, 2009

Cool none of the pictures would load because your damn site wouldn’t stop trying to connect to an ad server.

Shibani

February 4th, 2009

Fantastic list..

Jennifer Farley

February 5th, 2009

That really is an excellent list, thanks. There’s a lot of sites there that I had never seen before that are really lovely.

Roger

March 14th, 2009

It takes a pretty good web designer to make a dark background really work well. Some of these really do work well. I can’t imagine many businesses using sites like these unless the objective is to shock the viewer into paying attention.

web design

March 24th, 2009

Some of these designs are superb. A great inspiration tool. Great list!

Philippe Gauthier

June 2nd, 2009

Great list! A lot of good inspiration!

TDz

June 2nd, 2009

i like Starbucks, Pikaboo, Meet the BigMan

And would like to present mine ,
http://www.dgzoo.com/d2

wish it will be urs next list : D

Duncan

July 7th, 2009

Great list of designs – truly inspiring!

Peter Nichol

August 4th, 2009

I love these designs – fantastic selection.

Hopefully one day I’ll be making websites like these!

curly

August 31st, 2009

Oh my gosh what a wonderful collection, Ive bookmarked your post and will return often for inspiration.

Dana

September 24th, 2009

Very Helpful post. I can easily check these top creatively designed website.

Kate

October 3rd, 2009

cool collection too, as blue one.
Ah, i’m such a fan of vector lines as at Nile Inside and AdaptD :)

Charie Seals

October 21st, 2009

i really like the batman website. its very entertianing to me. i seen a couple mental errors, but overall, im loving it.

marie

November 2nd, 2009

Hello guys,

I would like to suggest that one which is minimalist and really nice too.
http://www.krispykrush.com/

Thank you,
Marie

Mike

March 26th, 2010

Here is a nice hot dark design http://www.gauntler.com.

Jonson

April 5th, 2010

interesting dark-colored web design http://www.seo-monitor.eu

Magician London

April 21st, 2010

I used to have a dark website but could never make it look that good – it always looked a bit miserable – so I changed it to a white background to be fresh. Looking at these I think I may change back to black!

Pix Place

September 20th, 2010

Title should be 50 websites with black in them and a few without

shah fahad

December 2nd, 2010

very nice collection of dark websites

Al

December 29th, 2010

Too much dark. Life is not so dark!

Martyn

January 25th, 2011

We’ve changed our design from dark to light and looking at these makes me wonder if we should have.

Excellent resource.

Fred

September 12th, 2011

Dark seems to be flavour of the year in web design, not that you can often get your average small to medium sized business to go that way. Some great work here – I’ve bookmarked it in my ‘Inspiration’ folder. Thanks for taking the time to build such a great collection.

Thirdsoul

October 13th, 2011

Amazing designs, lot of inspiration :)

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