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50 Beautifully Dark Web Designs

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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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This was published on Oct 26, 2008

83 Comments

Navdeep Oct 26 2008

Nice list

Thomas | Brush King Oct 26 2008

Nice, Thanks

this looks pretty cool

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

kushi Oct 26 2008

i like this website color combination

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

Panther Oct 26 2008

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

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

Seeds For Wealth Good Web Design Oct 26 2008

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

Once again, excellent list!

Rodnei Oct 26 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 Oct 26 2008

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

Virat Oct 26 2008

Very nice list.

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

Glad to see some new designs. Nice list.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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

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

Steven Snell Oct 26 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.

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.

Nice list…

Danh ba web 2.0 Oct 26 2008

Nice list

Exdizajn Oct 26 2008

Great list, my favorite is incg.nl

ying0216 Oct 26 2008

Nice collection Mmm

Andy Sowards Oct 27 2008

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

insic Oct 27 2008

nice designs. love it!

Marcelo Oct 27 2008

a recommendation:

http://www.mekanism.com

design Oct 27 2008

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

Dave Ellis Oct 27 2008

Thanks for including the Riffs site!

James Oct 27 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 Oct 27 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 Oct 27 2008

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

Rishi Oct 27 2008

Very slick!

Justo Oct 27 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 Oct 27 2008

I like them dark themes!

IhateDesign Oct 27 2008

exist more words for that? no, only Wow!

great recopilation!

PureDezigner Oct 27 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 Oct 27 2008

Great inspiration. Awesome list. Thanks!

Graeme Oct 27 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 Oct 27 2008

cool list, thanks!
good work

Fifty Studio Oct 27 2008

You left us off!? Terrible. Fifty Studio

Those other 50 are some mighty fine sites, too.

Brian Oct 27 2008

One more perhaps? Kinetic Shadows

Kimberley Oct 28 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 Oct 28 2008

wow…they’re cool!

Azeem Oct 28 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 Oct 28 2008

Dark and portal

netzwahn Oct 28 2008

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

Content Writing Advice Oct 28 2008

nice black list. dugg.

Santiago Sosa Oct 29 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 Oct 29 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 Oct 30 2008

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

Anthony Oct 31 2008

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

Jernej Oct 31 2008

I like Elliot Jay Stocks!

Mithun Nov 01 2008

Great Site Designs … Nice.. ..

aronil Nov 03 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 Nov 03 2008

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

Ralph Nov 06 2008

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

Thank you. Ralph

Kevin Nov 14 2008

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

sheeraz Jan 08 2009

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

süperya Jan 20 2009

I like these design. Thanks ;)

PJN Swindon Jan 22 2009

Love the list you’ve got there, very inspirational

john o Jan 29 2009

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

Shibani Feb 04 2009

Fantastic list..

Jennifer Farley Feb 05 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 Mar 14 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 Mar 24 2009

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

Philippe Gauthier Jun 02 2009

Great list! A lot of good inspiration!

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 Jul 07 2009

Great list of designs – truly inspiring!

Peter Nichol Aug 04 2009

I love these designs – fantastic selection.

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

curly Aug 31 2009

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

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

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

Charie Seals Oct 21 2009

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

marie Nov 02 2009

Hello guys,

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

Thank you,
Marie

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

Jonson Apr 05 2010

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

Magician London Apr 21 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 Sep 20 2010

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

shah fahad Dec 02 2010

very nice collection of dark websites

Too much dark. Life is not so dark!

Martyn Jan 25 2011

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

Excellent resource.

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 Oct 13 2011

Amazing designs, lot of inspiration :)

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