Sometimes it’s the little details in web design that make a big difference. The use of background patterns can be a subtle detail that some visitors may not even very much attention to, but they can really help to complete a design. Rather than using a solid color or a gradient, patterns can add a subtle texture a website’s background.
Patterns can be used in web design as a visual focal point, or they can be used subtly to add character to a design. The use of subtle patterns is very popular at the moment. In many cases, subtle patterns are used on backgrounds instead of a flat, solid color or a heavy texture that might dominate the design.
Patterns can also be helpful for designing sites that load quickly, as a smaller repeating pattern will load much faster than a large background photo or non-repeating texture that sits in the background of the design. Having an arsenal of patterns can help to speed up your design process, or you could create a custom pattern whenever the need arises.
In this post, we’ll showcase an array web designs that are excellent examples of the use of subtle background patterns. This should provide some inspiration as these sites are great examples of what can be done with patterns and how they can be a part of a quality design.
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