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Websites with Large Background Images: 25 Inspiring Examples

A beautiful photographic background image can add an intriguing visual element to a web design. Additionally, the image will help establish the overall theme of the site.

For inspiration and ideas, check out this showcase of outstanding websites with large background images.

Leve Hytter

Example of a website with a large background image: Leve Hytter

Failsworth

Example of a website with a large background image: Failsworth

The Brand Bat

Example of a website with a large background image: The Brand Bat

Grovemade

Example of a website with a large background image: Grovemade

Wedge & Lever

Example of a website with a large background image: Wedge & Lever

Monte Ré

Example of a website with a large background image: Monte Ré

P&Co

Example of a website with a large background image: P&Co

Soyuz Coffee Roasting

Example of a website with a large background image: Soyuz Coffee Roasting

Makeshift

Example of a website with a large background image: Makeshift

Frances

Example of a website with a large background image: Frances

bravepeople.co

Example of a website with a large background image: bravepeople.co

Playground Inc.

Example of a website with a large background image: Playground Inc.

Welikesmall

Example of a website with a large background image: Welikesmall

The Gilder

Example of a website with a large background image: The Gilder

FLIPP

Example of a website with a large background image: FLIPP

V3RS

Example of a website with a large background image: V3RS

wrightfeldhusen

Example of a website with a large background image: wrightfeldhusen

LiveAreaLabs

Example of a website with a large background image: LiveAreaLabs

Street Art Project

Example of a website with a large background image: Street Art Project

Tribal

Example of a website with a large background image: Tribal

Marianne Restaurant

Example of a website with a large background image: Marianne Restaurant

Aquar’aile

Example of a website with a large background image: Aquar'aile

Gareth Emery

Example of a website with a large background image: Gareth Emery

Ditto Residential

Example of a website with a large background image: Ditto Residential

Adventure.com

Example of a website with a large background image: Adventure.com

Creating a Web Design with a Large Background Image

If you were inspired by this showcase and you’re now left wondering how to actually create a website with a large background image, check out my tutorial on how to implement a responsive full background image on a web page. If you want to jump right in without reading the tutorial, you can grab the source code on GitHub.

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About the Author

Example of a website with a large background image: Jacob Gube is the founder of Six Revisions. He’s a front-end web developer by profession. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page or follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.

This was published on Oct 1, 2014

6 Comments

Lemonit Oct 01 2014

Is it really useful?

These are attractive examples of home pages, but are they all usable and accessible?
Anyone contemplating using large branding images needs to read this article first:
Image-Focused Design: Is Bigger Better?
“Large images are visually appealing, but they can harm the overall user experience if they aren’t appropriately prioritized.”
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/image-focused-design/

FinleyC Oct 06 2014

I dont no about useful, but nice to look at? I am like to use large scale backgrounds when suitable. They can really lift a page.

I really love large images for backgrounds but I don’t think they are the best option if you want to have an accessible website. It also affects delaying the loading time of the web…

Ryan G Oct 09 2014

What a beautiful set of websites! Imagery makes or breaks a site like these, but these use images beautifully.

Design has to be moulded around the photography I think, and if done correctly, you can get stunning results.

Paul Peletier Oct 14 2014

I’ve always been skeptical about these kinds of these designs, but man, those sites rock. Although I still believe that these are not recommended in a business sense, it’s guaranteed to lower the bounce rate and reel your users in. Great article bro, and I’m going to use their designs as some sort of reference in the future.

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