40 Beautiful Examples of Monochromatic Website Design

40 Beautiful Examples of Monochromatic Website Design

Black and white (grayscale) sites have been around for quite some time, but in recent years we have seen the emergence of monochromatic color schemes in website design, using one base color in various shades, with black and/or white and accents of complimentary colors.

Some of the advantages of creating monochromatic website designs are: the avoidance of color clashes, no or fewer distractions, more focus on the content. This showcase features 40 monochromatic sites, including a few grayscale examples.

40 Beautiful Examples of Monochromatic Website Design

Beautiful Examples of Monochromatic Website Design

Monochromatic design has been around in the interior design field for years, and has continued to grow in popularity. The main advantage of using monochromatic design in your home is that your accented color scheme can be easily changed. Complimentary colors are injected through accessories such as cushions, pictures, etc.

Here are a couple of examples of effective monochromatic interior design. Notice how accented colors are added through accessories:

Monochromatic Interior Design

Monochromatic Website Design Showcase

Netlife Research
Netlife Research

Loewy Design
Loewy Design

Touchtech
Touchtech

New Adventures in Web Design Conference
New Adventures in Web Design Conference

Urbanoff
Urbanoff

Morten Strid
Morten Strid

Styiens
Styiens

Home Design Find
Home Design Find

Absolute Bica
Absolute Bica

Tennessee Vacation
Tennessee Vacation

Lealea Design
Lealea Design

Lipton Green Mint Tea
Lipton Green Mint Tea

Davroc Interiors
Davroc Interiors

Iceberg
Iceberg

Citizen Design
Citizen Design

Bex Esler
Bex Esler

New Company Name
New Company Name

Wabeo
Wabeo

Cirq
Cirq

The Nikola Tesla Institutes of Medicine USA – Costa Rica
The Nikola Tesla Institutes of Medicine USA - Costa Rica

Power Smart
Power Smart

Coren
Coren

UKTV Australia
UKTV Australia

SG Grafica
SG Grafica

The Master
The Master

Art Start
Art Start

Coop Chicago
Coop Chicago

Zag Studio
Zag Studio

Imavex
Imavex

Cellar
Cellar

Hosting Pear
Hosting Pear

Wilson Miner
Wilson Miner

Emotions by Mike
Emotions by Mike

Paralotna
Paralotna

Rotondo
Rotondo

Fine Thought
Fine Thought

Newswordy
Newswordy

Blank
Blank

Teka
Teka

Danger Brain
Danger Brain

Monochromatic Color Palettes

Here are a few examples of monochromatic color palettes for inspiration:

Monochromatic Color Palettes

Conclusion

Although it is generally considered that using a monochromatic color scheme makes design easier, I don’t think that is always the case. There are a lot of considerations, such as deciding whether you are going to keep your photo images in full color or are you going to put a monochromatic filter over them? Are you going to keep strictly to one color, or are you going to add complimentary accents?

Please share your opinions with us on monochromatic website design or some of the color tools that you use. Do you think it is a trend that is here to stay, or just a passing phase?

Have you designed a monochromatic website? If so, we would love to see your work, so please leave the link in the comments section below.

Carol is a blogger and Photoshop enthusiast. She enjoys surfing the net in search of outstanding art, design and photography, and enjoys nothing better than sharing her discoveries through article writing.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    I believe that monochromatic designs will be around forever and in many places, not just web sites. For a website, monochrome provides a simplicity that puts the focus on content. I designed dd764.org primarily in monochrome, but with very minor complementary highlights, such as links. Also, images are done in full color, but kept to a minimum.

    • Excellantly,
    • March 28, 2013
    / Reply

    Beautiful list of monochromatic websites. Monochromatic is tough to work with but can look great if done right. Thanks for sharing.

  2. / Reply

    Designing a monochromatic websites looks a simple but we have to take it carefully to make it more unique and attractive. I am happy to see these beautiful examples of monochromatic website design which inspires me a lot and thinking to attempt to design a great monochromatic websites in future.

    • Emma Jones,
    • March 28, 2013
    / Reply

    the more you go simple with a design, more would be its effectiveness. same with the case with monochromatic websites.

  3. / Reply

    This is a nicely curated showcase of monochromatic websites and certainly inspires me. Those considerations raised in your conclusion (essentially all asking how strictly to keep a website “monochromatic”) have been among my major vexations. My own site is a DIY project – yes it is for my own business which is remote from graphic design or web-development and it is the only site I’ve ever built – it is grayscale with red accents. No doubt it leaves a lot to be desired.

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