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Textured Backgrounds

By Corrie Haffly

A design trend among a lot of blog-type sites is what I’ll call the “textured background.” Here are a few examples that I grabbed from CSS Zen Garden:

You get the idea!

Some common characteristics:

1. The background repeats seamlessly.

2. The colors used in the background are usually of the same hue, just with different values (lightness/darkness) for a subtle effect that doesn’t distract your eye.

3. The main color of the background is usually also the main “base” color of the rest of the site design.

I like this design technique as it is a subtle and easy way to give a bit more personality to a web site. Plus it’s fast-loading.

Corrie is the lead designer and developer for PixelMill. This would-be triathlete has a mathematics degree but wishes she had double-majored in computer science and art instead. Maybe next time...

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