Being for a long time an integral part of website design, texture is a simple and proven way to add depth and highlight necessary elements. Among of such texture diversity, wood is considered to be one of the commonly used. Even despite of the fact that designers prefer to use light-weight patterns rather than textures, it still has some gunpowder in the powder flasks.
It’s never-dying utilization for the most part depends on several aspects. First of all, wooden texture helps to add the dimensional feeling and effectively separate background from the content. Secondly, it can build the brand identity and increase personality of the owner by creating proper atmosphere. Last but not least, partially used it can guide and capture users’ eyes thereby creating perfect information architecture.
If you want to take all advantages of it you should not forget about golden ratio. Using texture can be very tricky, so don’t get too excited about it, otherwise it can lead to catastrophic consequences. The best solution is to use it either for main background or only as a canvas for essential sections such as header, sidebar, slider or footer.
In the collection below you will find amazing examples of properly incorporating wooden texture in website design.
Ilustrador Digital partially uses darkening wooden texture to make header more layered and complex.
Brie Resto has light scorched wooden background that plays a role of a perfect canvas for collage-like website design.
Cottonseed Oil takes on retro style with a bunch of vintage objects. Aged wooden background complements the whole composition making all elements to bulge forward.
Scoretastic has a rich wooden texture that is duplicated as website and application background. Such a clear interaction makes both website and application integral and balanced.
La Masa Mimatta exudes an image of good restaurant with slight nostalgia touch. Wood texture occupies the whole landing page making retro flyers and slider really stand out.
Real Visuals uses dark texture only as a header background recreating feeling of writing desk surface with neatly placed stationery and iphone template on it. The whole composition gives the header realistic and mundane look.
Brand Neusense has a pretty ragged effect. The liberated blog edges and rough brown wooden texture give the whole design urban appearance.
Umquarto boasts an reggae style with music-oriented objects and funny images in conjunction with smooth cinnabar wood texture which also plays a role of a desk.
Simply Home has a truly scrapbook style. Light splotchy wood background together with collage blog layout reconstructs traditional hand-made album design.
Rekkiabilly soddenes by country music. Chosen as a content background, murky wooden texture perfectly complements media data and red grunge typography adding note of old fashion style.
Monday Creative takes full advantage of perspective to make 3-dimensional header image. Horizontal planking that plays both role of wall and desk in collaboration with embedded natural elements brings inartificial outward.
Siebennull uses set of threadbare dark wooden boards with shadow spots as a canvas to distinguish front layer with a content giving the main page profoundness seeming.
Brumbaughs is driven by heavy textured background that fades in darkness. The old-fashioned decorative elements together with paper-based information block layouts perfectly complement the wood texture making site look both rustic and elegant.
La Botana Fresco Grill and Cantina has injected wood texture only as a slider canvas making it beautifully supplement rustic grunge header and footer background.
Sadama turg Tallinn also partially uses the texture to mark accents. Wooden fence with strong, cut and dried typography harmoniously open illustrated navigation system.
Visionssuche is pulled by classic wooden style design, where the texture plays a role of surface on which has been placed paper with inscriptions and additional photo material, that is to say recreating realistic hand-written paper blog.
Adera uses wood background as an impromptu wall to which has been attached blog and several descriptive notes and images making the website look down-to-earth.
iBEFed exudes an image of organic and serenity. The application design partially overlaps with the website design by means of set of horizontal planks that is represented as a background.
I already don’t like you has a bunch of wooden textures integrated as a main, header and biography section background. Each use includes the same texture but only in a different color palette that makes design both distinctive and restrained.
Cabane dans un arbre en Correzy is another exploration in organic style with crude time-worn wood background and a load of nature graphic elements.
Mikko Inkeroinen smells of adventures with elegantly organized maritime themed design. Old maps, worn wood canvas and aged paper layout give an appropriate look.
Oktourism evokes rustic and distressed feelings by using warm color palette and polished wood-like textured canvas.
Lanikai Properties boasts a traveling style with pervasive parquetry-like texture, rainbow sidebar and post office graphic treatments.
My Sweet Design has a rather predictable solution since wood texture is used to create shelves which have been used for decorating and presenting social icons, footer information and header illustration.
Sureelements produces a fresh vibe with a straight typography and light grey high-quality laminate texture. The black and white colorization keeps things clean and organized.
The darkened vertically-oriented wood background in conjunction with slightly crumpled piece of paper and huge typography give the design intelligible look.