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20 Websites With Washed-Out Color Schemes

After recently posting 30 Clean and Bright Website Designs, I thought that websites with more washed out color palettes can also be beautiful. Therefore, I’ve compiled 20 beautiful web designs that utilize washed out color palettes.

With a lack of bold/bright colors it’s often harder to produce an attractive website. The duller tones must be perfectly balanced in order to produce a stunning end effect. I hope that you enjoy this roundup, and please let me know which kinds of web designs you prefer.

About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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  1. Wow Nice list of website with washed out color palette. BlackMoonDesign is my favorite in this list.

  2. Tom says:

    Thanks for commenting Thomson. I really love BlackMoonDesign too, although my personal favorite would probably be:

  3. Oreana says:

    A lot of these are beige and grey, but I used a ‘washed out’ scheme on my site with pastel rainbow colours. I would’ve liked to see more hints of colour in this round-up.

  4. Logo Bliss says:

    An interesting list, I think you should show how you would ‘sex’ them up !? awsome post.

  5. Dzinepress says:

    really nice list you sharing. thanks

  6. Tom says:

    Thanks guys!

    Oreana: I may do a pastel roundup soon, I really like the color scheme of your website.

    Logo Bliss: Interesting idea, I’ll definitely consider something like that for my next web design tutorial.

  7. Sudhani says:

    Excellent list of designs with washed out color schemes. I really liked Lemorios, after all they are a design company!


  8. Matthias says:

    Nice sites. Is this a new trend?
    Though actually only odosketch is using washed-out color consequently. The others use it mostly for background pictures. Think my site is then also washed-out… is it?

  9. Great collection of washed out / light website designs.

    One for the bookmark so I can help draw inspiration.


  10. shah says:

    I am very happy from your blog becoz it provide me a list of sites .
    I was looking for such sites.
    thank you very much.

  11. Emil says:

    Great list of inspirational sites! My fave goes to Brilliant use of colours and whitespace!

  12. Ole Kristian says:

    Thanks for the feature! All tough I designed the gardsbruk site, odopod sketch has to be my favourite!

  13. rich says:

    yeah loving the work! washed out pastel colours are really now, subtle and effective


  14. web design gallery says:

    Nice washed out websites! I like the odopod and Hull Digital Live, more illustration with wash out effect.

  15. Great collection of inspirating washed out colour schemes, I especially like the One Chosen design.

  16. Ask Pc says:

    Love the collection! Lemorios has a cleancut look which i like. Its my favourite.

  17. adam says: this must be the 3rd or 4th site in the last 48 hrs that I have found that appears to have ripped off the theme of elliot jay stocks’ website. i dunno if he should be flattered or pissed off. in this case, it’s laughable. the designer doesn’t even bother to change the copy. does a blatant ripofff deserve to be showcased as it is here?

    • Tom says:

      Hey Adam. I don’t really agree that it is a rip off of Elliot’s design, it’s a similar colour scheme, but has many differences.

  18. really cool list! appreciate this

  19. om ipit says:

    oh.. comfortable color

  20. sheena tan says:

    nice color .. very class ..thanks

  21. Great collection of washed out / light website designs. I especially like the One Chosen design.

  22. Adrian says:

    Some great inspiration here!

  23. If this post is 27 months old, then the designs have stood the test of time.

    The washed out effect still has a great effect for the main content area of a site, although across the entire page has dated.

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