30 Red Website Designs

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Using the color red requires special consideration, mainly because it is such a bold color with various strong meanings. Red colors have cross-cultural implications ranging from love to passion to anger to blood. In some cases, red has unique meanings specific to a culture, such as in China it is considered taboo to put someone’s name in the color red.

The following collection of websites provides a quick look at 30 different designs built around the color red. Notice the varying amounts and shades of reds used. How do the websites with more or less red affect you as you view them?

Drop of Red

Drop of Red

This website is quite dark in tone, with the all-red design, devilish red fonts, and silent screaming faces appearing through empty ad spaces.

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Red

Red

Much of the red on this page leans toward a more orange shade, which goes along with the flames and explosions in this action film.

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Red Campaign

Red Campaign

This is a nice use of negative space within a large block of the color red. The slight gradient seems to help a little with the all red background.

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Big Red

Big Red

Ranging more on the pink side of the color red, this website has a more sweet look and feel.

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Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

Red is the main school color, so it makes sense to put pictures in a red tone, right? I’ll let you decide on this one.

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Cornell University

Cornell University

This is another school website, a rather large university I might add, that uses lots of red in their design. A bit much?

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Big Red Flags

Big Red Flags

With a creative name that includes words of color, it makes sense to create a website that utilizes these two colors.

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Big Red Shop

Big Red Shop

The Oklahoma Sooner’s store, like so many university affiliated websites, includes lots of red. However, this one includes large blocks of black and a black texture mixed in with the red background.

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Big Red Dog

Big Red Dog

The dark grey used in conjunction with the bold red give this website a more corporate look and feel.

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Big Red Dog Music Promotions

Big Red Dog Music Promotions

Nearly all shades of red are used in the background of this site to give it the appearance of lights on a stage.

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Nebraska

Nebraska

This is another university that incorporates red pictures on the background, yet this one has a whitish strip for the title and many other features that make the design much more appealing than the Western Kentucky website.

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Red Hot

Red Hot

If you have “red” in your name, you have to use the color red in your website design, of course. This one does a nice job of incorporating a beautiful wood grain texture into the red background.

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Red Hot Roasters

Red Hot Roasters

Here’s a website with “red” in the name, but not so much red in the website design. The brown wood grain of the table has a slight red hue to it, but really the company name and “drive-thru” is the only really red part of this design. Interesting.

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Red Hot World Buffet and Bar

Red Hot World Buffet and Bar

The red background for the menu gives this website a way to incorporate red into their design without overwhelming their product preview.

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Red Music Online

Red Music Online

More devilish red fonts on this website give this band a hard rock appearance. The different shades of red break up the color scheme nicely.

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Ruby’s Inn

Ruby’s Inn

The more mahogany reds used in the background of this site work nicely with the theme of this western inn.

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Crimson Club

Crimson Club

Sometimes just a touch of bright red in a couple of key spots is all that is needed. This design draws the eye nicely with red, first to the title and then to the image.

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Crimson Fire

Crimson Fire

A fire truck supplier definitely should use red in a website design. This one contrasts the red nicely with a large photo and dark grey and black headers.

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Florida Tech

Florida Tech

Red and white are a great contrast. This school site does a great job of leaving red for only the headers and white for the space in between.

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Harvard

Harvard

More red for a school design, but this one is really well-done with the black blocks of color and white outlining of fonts.

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Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Crimson Tide

This school football website stays true to its colors with a red and white design; however, the high contrast colors do not seem to help with the overly busy layout.

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Crimson Circle

Crimson Circle

The darker shades of red mixed in with some yellows and oranges and slight pinks really go well together and give this site a warm tone.

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Crimson Opera

Crimson Opera

The half red, half black background is a nice touch for an opera house website. Phantom of the Opera, anyone?

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Crimson Exploration

Crimson Exploration

This shade of red goes particularly well with this shade of yellow, and both do a great job of conveying a earthy tone. However, I admit I was a bit confused by the moon shape in the logo since this is an exploration company for earth matters.

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Crimson Wine Group

Crimson Wine Group

Is there a better color for a winery website than shades of red? A very minimalist site, this one keeps the red to the background and key text.

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Crimson Club

Crimson Club utah

This school athletic club chose more of a pinkish red for their site, which certianly does tone down the overbearance of red seen in previous school sites.

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Crimson Hawks

Crimson Hawks

Dark red in conjuction with black blocks of color really give this site a professional appearance.

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Crimson Lounge

Crimson Lounge

What better way to tell viewers that you are a hot, sexy lounge than with shades of red in the design? However, the empty bar probably negates any “happening” vibe this website may be trying to send.

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The Crimson Pact

The Crimson Pact

The textured red is a nice touch and even looks a bit like flames without coming on too strong.

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Crimson Shipping

Crimson Shipping

The pillars are interesting and the reflected photograph that melts into the red background is a nice touch. Is it the shade of red that strikes me as unappealing or the poorly laid out information?

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About the Author

Tara Hornor has a degree in English and writes about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She works for PrintPlace.com, an online printing company that offers brochures, posters, postcard printing, business cards and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Comments and Discussions

  1. Seize Design, 17 March 2012

    excellent showcase of red color websites.

  2. Tara Hornor, 18 March 2012

    @Seize Design – Thanks!

  3. Kim, 26 March 2012

    This is a really inspiring collection for all, i like it, thanks for shearing!

  4. mantolama, 26 March 2012

    Impressive and beautiful designs. Thanks for sharing

  5. aritter, 28 March 2012

    wow love the Red Hot Roasters one, that is super cute!! almost looks like my desk right now lol :)

  6. Tara Hornor, 30 March 2012

    @Kim – You’re welcome!

    @mantolama – Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

    @aritter – That’s one of my favorites too. :) I like desk backgrounds…and I love the coffee mug in this design!

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