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Designing in the Dark: 10 Dark Sites and Their Color Schemes

What goes well with a black website? Today we’ll find out but taking a look at some excellent examples of dark web design along with their primary color palettes.

Each website will have a screenshot along with a brief description, a visual representation of the color scheme, and a link to download the Photoshop color swatches from Pictaculous.

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Notio Web Design

Here the page itself has very little color and serves as more of a black matte to show off the designer’s work. This makes for a really classy feel, especially when combined with the subtle glow and reflections.

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Sofasurfer is now Digitallabs

When designing with a dark theme, it can often be quite powerful to mix in a single bold color (primarily) and use it repeatedly as the designer did with orange below.

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Rails.mx

The Rails site below definitely makes some bold color choices. This is mostly thanks to the excellent Ruby icon design, but the supporting colors work extremely well.

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Dubbed Creative

As with SofaSurfer, here we see a mostly grayscale color palette with bursts of color to draw your attention to key points. This is a major function of color in web design. Always consider how you can structure the experience and guide the user through words, graphics, and of course, color.

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Design or Die

This one is probably my favorite color palette in the whole list. The muted colors work very well together and create a decidedly retro feel. Time periods can definitely be communicated strongly through your color choices. Keep in mind this happens whether you intend it to or not!

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Rodeopark Communication

Similar to the first site, this one draws most of its color from the samples of work in the thumbnails.

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Element Gallery

The colors here stand out perfectly from the grungy chalkboard background. Notice the variation of color is repeated throughout both the graphical elements and the typography.

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Jose Luis Merino Parra

This one shows that you don’t always need color to have a great design. Sticking with a pure grayscale color palette can make a strong statement.

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Osvaldas Valutis

I love the concept there. A burst of color and life is breaking through the cracks of a colorless world. Very well done!

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Natalie Sklobovskaya

Natalie uses a mixture of some really rich textures, graphics and colors to create a spooky environment that looks absolutely beautiful.

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Show Us Yours!

Now that you’ve seen the color schemes from some of our dark sites, leave a comment below with a link to your dark site. Be sure to tell us about your color scheme and what you were trying to convey with it.