One of the latest trends in web design is combining the use of textures, images, graphics and type. As there are a wide range of texture resources available, catering to any look and feel is not a problem. Natural looking textures bring harmony to finish up your illustration, and some textures make it possible to create a variety of interesting effects, giving your graphics or images an edge and a bit more personality. Since wood has become one of the most commonly used texture in websites today, this post gathers how these 44 creative examples have implemented it into their websites.
Showcase of Wood Textured Websites
La Maison Bisson
The reddish hues of the wooden texture here matches very well with the photograph in the background. It gives an overall warm and welcoming feel to the site.
Blogfull Bliss uses shades of light and dark to bring out the wooden texture. This is an interesting and subtle way of using wood textures.
The style of the wooden texture used here gives a laid-back feel to the site. Notice the roughness; it gives a raw and edgy effect.
This site shows a great union wooden texture and rainbow colors. Together with big and bold fonts, they add a great personality to the site.
Brown Bag Films
This flash site simulates an old movie screen with wooden textured sticks as frames. The mix of other textures and type makes the site interesting and attractive.
The wooden textured wall used here has a reddish tone, thus gives a welcoming and warm feel to the site. The photo frames, television and other elements used here matches very well with the wall, simulating the internal of an old-school beach house.
If the background used in this site was a smooth 1 tone color, it would have looked serious and corporate-like. However, the use of the woody texture here helps bring out the edginess and relaxed look.
The paper cut logo stands out really well on the wooden table. This interesting layout allows you to scroll on the page frame on the right, so it feels as if you are reading a magazine.
The main image shows a very detailed illustration and wood textures here are used very differently. The tables and walls here are created by dark wood textures. The use of light and darkness gives a mysterious effect to this site.
Twenty 3 Design
The strong and bold text used against the dark background shown here, shows a great balance of light and darkness. Bright graphics and colors stand out really well when against such a dark texture.
The blue textured background used against the wooden texture here embraces the look and feel of this site.
The strong apple green horizontal bar sitting against a dark colored wood stands out really well, making it light and refreshing. The texture used here is dark, so the pink and white from Urban Chip's logo is prominent.
The grayish walnut color tone of this wood texture shows its durability and strength. Overlay background with minimal graphics makes this site simple and easy to navigate.
Dark chocolate color of this wood with details of fine fibre lines creates a great texture for Level 9's background. Even though it is used subtly on the top portion of the site, spot lights are used to draw your attention to the details of the texture.
This is another site that uses a reddish tone to the wooden texture. Color and graphics were carefully chosen against the wooden background making it warm and welcoming to the eye.
The wooden textured background is used only at the top portion of the site. Good balance between the lighter and darker section allows viewers to focus on the main content.
The vertical lines of the wooden texture work beautifully with the horizontal bar that contains the content of the site. The grayish brown background of the content is also slightly textured, displaying great harmony of colors and textures.
Collage is the main theme in this site, however the subtle usage of wooden texture here gives it an over-all laid back and interesting look.
Another great site that uses light to highlight the background of the dark wooden texture, the white text and green graphics stand out really well here.
The combination of plants and wooden planks gives you the idea that you are out on the garden porch, thus giving a very relaxed feel to this site.
The color of the wood texture here is lighter, so using it as a background is not piercing to the eye. Some graphics were also creatively engraved onto the texture.
This is another site that uses collage as its theme. The light colored woody texture here is used as a table.
This site uses the close up of thick wooden bars, showing the roughness on the surface. This woody background works out well with the torn edges of the paper on top of it.
The light tones of the wooden background presented here gives a light hearted and natural feel to this site.
Games For Her By You
This site shows a great mix of items collaged onto a wooden background. Light is used here to allow the reader to focus on the main content of the site.
The combination of large fonts, colors and other textures displays a great union with the wood texture in the background.
The close up of the wooden texture used here shows the roughness of its surface. It brings out the adventure and wild theme of the site.
This is another site that uses a smooth mahogany wooden texture. The logo and links are designed to look like it was engraved on the wooden texture thus making it look 3D.
Yellow and subtle orange tones of the wooden background is used here, making it simple and pleasing to the eye.
This site uses a rather dark tone of wooden texture as its background. The use of a spot light allows one to focus on the main content.
The smooth wooden texture used in this site gives a warm welcoming feel.
This site uses a reddish tone of wood texture as its background giving a sincere and warm touch to it. Spot lights are used to bring out to focus of certain areas of the home.
This site uses a light color tone of wood which works very well together with the orange background for its content. Simple and engaging!
You We Bland
The smooth and dim colored wood used here with pencil graphics is simple yet pleasing to one's eye.
Out Law Design
The choice of color tones and the type of wood gives a retro feel to the site. The details and use of graphics also engages the audience.
Quinta La Bela Vista
This site uses large and close up wood texture as its background. It evokes the nature theme of the site.
A rosy wooden texture is used at the top portion of the site. The graphics used against this texture also stands out really well.
This dark colored wooden texture has very strong defined lines. Using collage on such a texture brings out the emphasis on the bold wooden texture.
This site comprises mostly of warm colors. There is great harmony between the chocolate colored wood and orange-red graphics.
Caramel tones of the wooden texture shown in this website combines well with fonts, graphics and colors used.
Wood is an excellent material that shows quality, durability, and environmental perspective. The light tone of such wood gives the warmest welcome upon the first visit in this site.
Resources to download textures
Here are some places where you can download textures to enhance the look and feel of your website.
Urban Dirty is a regularly updated online photo library featuring 673 gritty, grimy and sometimes slimy images for use in design and artwork creation. For example, here is the desktop wallpaper using this photo. View the images in small, medium or large, download or edit online and have fun with them.
CG Textures strives to be the world’s best texture site. Being a 3D artist myself, I know how hard it is to create textures without good photo materials. Making textures should be about creativity, not about spending hours looking for the right image on the Internet. I hope that by supplying good quality textures in an organized manner, your everyday work will be easier and more enjoyable.
Texture Warehouse offers free, high resolution textures to designers and 3D artists. These textures are updated frequently.
Texture King is a project created and maintained by REH3design. Throughout the site you will find a growing repository of high quality texture photos that are free for personal and professional use.
Amazing Texture’s library contains hundreds of free textures to download ranging from high-resolution textures, images, backgrounds, wallpapers to texture maps.
Mayang's Free Texture
Mayang's texture library has over 3800 free to download, high-resolution textures.
Have you come across any other wood textured sites or texture libraries? Leave a link at the comment box and share it with the rest!