Minimalism has been a popular website design style for years. It has so many benefits; minimalist sites load faster, take fewer server resources, and are often faster to develop than more graphically complicated designs. Plus, they give a professional, clean impression to visitors.
Many people still view minimalist designs as boring. But there’s a real art to effective minimal website designs, something not all designers can effectively master. When you limit the number of graphic elements you use and put the focus on negative space and typography, a good eye for spacing and proportion becomes crucial.
Below are more than 100 excellent examples of clean, simple and minimalist website designs. They run the gamut from simple brochure-style sites to e-commerce sites and portfolio pages. What they all have in common is a design aesthetic where less is more.
Rainfall DaffinsonA white background with red accents.
Ben Hulse DesignDark gray background with white and gray lettering.
Amy Levy PRWhite background with gray and red lettering.
Brand Spanking NewA black and white color scheme with gray, orange, and pale blue accents.
Frieze MagazineA minimalist grid design.
Indie LabsA dark gray, white and sky blue grid-based design.
Rikcat IndustriesAn entirely black and white design.
The Morning NewsA minimalist magazine-style site.
Mark Boulton DesignA mostly black and white site with colored accents.
JonnotieA gray and maroon design.
FinchA mostly black, white and gray design.
MaqinaA single column portfolio site.
Chama Inc.A simple black and white design with an emphasis on typography.
Jon TanAnother simple black and white design with orange accents and great typography.
Mark WiemanGray and White with mustard-yellow accents.
Cameron.ioA simple dove gray and white design with red accents.
PostmachinaBlack background with gray and white text.
Concentric StudioA simple design with a lot of white space.
DS.EmotionA simple design that makes good use of drop shadows and red accents.
Kyle Sollenberger DesignUses a soft color palette and slightly oversized text.
David SutoyoA soft gray, white and dark blue design.
Brad Young PhotographyA dark background with soft gray and blue typography.
The DECKA black and white design with strong typographical elements.
Hot MeteorA simple design with retro elements.
The Portfolio of Matt BangoAnother simple design with blue accents and an emphasis on typography.
VesessAnother black and white design with gray and red accents.
Design IntellectionA grid-based design with excellent typography.
SurfstationA soft color palette and a two-column design with lots of white space.
The Old FashionedA black and white grid-based design.
CRW / Corporate Risk WatchUses a textured background and some hand-drawn elements.
Being WickedA mostly black and white design with oversized typography.
Eduardo de La RocqueA dark gray and white, single column design.
PixelumbrellaA rarely-seen minimalist grunge design.
NineZeroA narrow, single-column design with a lot of white space.
SimpleBitsA simple design with a textured header and a focus on typography.
PoccuoA grid-based design with blue, gray and black text.
Davroc InteriorsA design composed entirely of shades of bluish-gray.
Sascha EggenbergerHand-drawn elements in black and white with blue accents set this design apart.
Nathan CarnesA subtle color scheme and textures with black and gray typography.
Nathan BorrorMakes use of colored and geometric accents while still retaining plenty of white space and a simple design.
BesekuA black and white design with an emphasis on typography.
NZ VenuesA subtle dark gray and white design with small, multi-colored accents.
Chris Garrett Media LtdA dark design with subtle gradients in the typography and blue accents.
DesigningTheNews.comA black and gray design with a focus on typography.
3by9A multi-colored minimal design with colorful accents and lots of white space.
TypographicaA black, white, and gray design that places emphasis on the images it displays and uses a grid-based design.
ThemeA magazine/grid-style design with orange accents.
Monty Lounge IndustriesA blue and gray design with an emphasis on typography.
Berit SommeA black, white and gray design that places the emphasis on the portfolio pieces.
el CandorA black and white grid-based portfolio site.
Design by SilntA grid-based design in shades of gray.
PixelcraftA cream-colored background and black typography keep things simple.
Klipp og LimA grid-based design with a portfolio slideshow in the header.
Ole Martin KristiansenA dark background with subtly-colored typography.
SiteInspireA gray site with bright red accents.
MediaFlexA dark background with white typography that leaves the emphasis on the images.
VudumediaA black, gray and white grid-based design.
AREA 17A black, white and gray design with some dark blue typography.
just.dotA grayish-brown background and a grid-based design.
LegiStylesA dark background with an emphasis on typography and tomato-red accents.
VisualboxA subtly-patterned dark-gray background with bold white and gray typography.
FlushA dark gray, slightly-grungy design.
DesignmeA dark background with gray and white typography.
Designjunction.inA dark background with lighter typography.
deCodeA dark, textured background with hand-drawn elements and a bit of a retro vibe.
72 Rivington StreetA bold, black and white grid design.
Analogue MotionA grid-based design with a subtle color palette and typography.
AstheriaA subtle blue, gray and white design with plenty of negative space.
Cade Martin PhotographyA white and gray design with the emphasis on the typography.
Daniel HowellsA subtle design that focuses on the typography.
Eightface.comA black and white design with red highlights.
FeverA gray background with gray and red text.
Fell SwoopA white background with black and red typography and tons of negative space.
FRKTA black and white design with subtle textures.
Jamie GregoryA grid-based deisgn that focuses on typography.
Joni KorpiA gray and black design with an emphasis on typography.
Matt HinchliffeA black and white design with light blue accents.
Martin HippWhite background and green accents.
Stefan PerssonA grid-based design with orange accents.
Strange/BeautifulA gray and white grid-based design.
Voce anticaA white and gray two-column design.
Inkcover BlogA black and white design with oversized typography.
Allday.ccA very simple black and white design with minimalist navigation.
Final EyesA black, white and gray single-column design.
80/20A gray color scheme with green accents.
Craig WilsonA very simple black and white design with hand-drawn elements.
PomadeAn extremely minimalist design with black text and red accents.
SOFAA grid-based design that emphasizes typography.
The Typographic Desk Reference (TDR)A minimalist sales page that utilizes modal windows.
I love TypographyA simple design with olive green typography accents.
ArtypapersA white background and subtle gray and pink color scheme.
Sisson StudioA brown and tan grid-based design with a white background.
We Love TypographyA grid-based design with a white background.
GordymacA blue and gray design with plenty of white space.
National College of Art & Design: Postgraduate StudyA gray design with circular images and white text.
MinimalissimoBlack and gray typography with plenty of white space.
Wide AngledA grid-based site that puts the emphasis on the images it features.
Hair OttA gray, black and white design with a Flash slideshow in the header.
Tim ParkinA grid-based design with a white background.
Selldorf ArchitectsA simple black and white design.
LUXUXA grid-based portfolio site.
FluidA grid-based design with a white background and simple typography.
SaturdayA simple design with a Flash slideshow.
The May BlogA simple gray and green color scheme on a white background./p>
quadrifoliaA very bold green and white design.
Dhyr.HagenA bold gray and white design.
Nonesuch RecordsA simple black and white design with an emphasis on imagery.