Effective Use of Blurred Images in Web Design

Large background images have been in use for some time now in website design, however, using sharp, in-focus images can bring complications, and doesn't always have the desired effect. The use of blurred images has a few advantages. A major advantage is that the image resolution does not have to be as high as an in-focus image, reducing page loading times.

The use of a blurred background or an image with selective blurring brings the in-focus parts into even sharper focus to draw the eye. Text on top of a blurred image is much clearer than on a sharp image. Finally, a blurred image can really set the mood to portray the right vibe for the website's image. In this round-up we have selected some examples of very effective use of blurred images, covering all of the above reasons for the blurring.

Blurred Background Images in Web Design

Fiorly
Fiorly

New Deal Design
New Deal Design

Eden Creative
Eden Creative

Employour
Employour

Multifarious Engineering
Multifarious Engineering

Nulab
Nulab

Alt Graphic
Alt Graphic

Dassel und Wagner
Dassel und Wagner

Lieftink
Lieftink

Mthoogvliet
Mthoogvliet

Barrel Recap
Barrel Recap

Starmatic
Starmatic

Directions
Directions

August
August

Life According to Sam
Life According to Sam

AJF Salon
AJF Salon

Convoy Interactive
Convoy Interactive

Olivia Restauranter
Olivia Restauranter

Marble Media
Marble Media

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant

Lodgify
Lodgify

See What You Fancy?
See What You Fancy?

Geckoboard
Geckoboard

Everest
Everest

Piction
Piction

Nudge Design
Nudge Design

Dcovery
Dcovery

PublikDemand
PublikDemand

Tikkio
Tikkio

VideoGuard
VideoGuard

Data Driven London
Data Driven London

Hipstamatic
Hipstamatic

GatherContent
GatherContent

Cage
Cage

Meernotes
Meernotes

Karma Wi-Fi
Karma Wi-Fi

Daniel Filler
Daniel Filler

Rylographic
Rylographic

Poco People
Poco People

Stieler & Co
Stieler & Co

Conclusion

Are you a fan of big background images? Do you like to use blurred images, and if so, what is your reason for using them?

Whatever the reason designers adopt the use of blurred images, large images seem to be pretty much here to stay in website design, and we will probably see the trend being pushed further and further, for example, some of the above featured sites do use video... yes, blurred video - whatever next!

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.