50 Examples of Using Black in Web Design

A common misconception is that black is thought of as a color in the same way that red, blue, purple or even green are. In fact, black is the complete absence of all color and light, essentially making it the ultimate non-color. And as such, a certain element of caution needs to be taken when using black as the main color of your web design.

Black will absorb and dilute all colors that surround it, so your secondary color needs to be well chosen and thought out. It works well with bright shades of reds, blues, and greens and can make luminous and vibrant colors stand out. As for the use of black with dark colors, that’s a no-no. It can work, but if the colors are similar, they will merge.

Black is not typically used as the primary color very often in content-heavy websites. It can be used and is very popular by design related personal portfolios and photography sites, as you will see below. It allows the artwork to take center stage and be the primary focus of the viewer.

Of course, the use of black within web design is not only limited to personal portfolios or design agencies, but it is also used across the full spectrum of all web design styles, as you will see from the beautiful web designs below. Black really is beautiful!.

Personal Portfolios

Jonah Levine

Jonah Levine

Blake Allen Design

Blake Allen Design

9ko

9ko

Pep López

Pep López

Arnaud Alves

Arnaud Alves

Leah Haggar

Leah Haggar

Sebastian Onufszak

Sebastian Onufszak

Sean Keenan

Sean Keenan

Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis

Kubi Media

Kubi Media

BlissfullyAware

BlissfullyAware

Aaron Beall

Aaron Beall

Grav Design

Grav Design

Design Agencies and Companies

Rain Creative Lab

Rain Creative Lab

Clusta

Clusta

Gritti Rollo

Gritti Rollo

Websiteburo

Websiteburo

The Black Rabbit Creative Splendidoriam

The Black Rabbit Creative Splendidoriam

Floatingworld

Floatingworld

Postmachina

Postmachina

IAMMAGO – It's Magic

IAMMAGO - It's Magic

Only2Designers

Only2Designers

Visualquimia

Visualquimia

Spindle Design

Spindle Design

Schepps Design

Schepps Design

Joint Medias

Joint Medias

MAC Interactive Architects

MAC Interactive Architects

Visualbox

Visualbox

Granny&Smith

Granny&Smith

Ecommerce and Shopping

Quentin Mackay Online

Quentin Mackay Online

Hunni's

Hunni's

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch

Blogs

Jeff Finley

Jeff Finley

LooksLikeGoodDesign

LooksLikeGoodDesign

Heikowaechter (Photo Blog)

Heikowaechter (Photo Blog)

flickrdesign (Photo Blog)

flickrdesign (Photo Blog)

Music and Movies Sites

Thuckers World

Thuckers World

Change Given

Change Given

RickyRyan

RickyRyan

Midtsommerjazz 2010

Midtsommerjazz 2010

…and all the rest…

USA BY DESIGNERS

USA BY DESIGNERS

Future of Web Design London

Future of Web Design London

Great Bible Tales

Great Bible Tales

ASOS plc

ASOS plc

unlike

unlike

Wasabi Travel

Wasabi Travel

Madhouse

Madhouse

CouchCreative

CouchCreative

MediaFlex – Video Production Melbourne

MediaFlex - Video Production Melbourne

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

Comments

  • littleguy

    Cool list, thank you!

  • Awesome Web Designs! Black is one of my favorite theme colors.

  • Very nice ideas.