Use of Blur Backgrounds in Website Design: Beautiful Examples


Together with wide screen photo backgrounds which are frequently used tools for website decorations, blur backgrounds have thoroughly settled and found their niche in modern website design. Although, at first glance, it is rather difficult to understand what could be so amazing and attractive in blur technique that instantly kills all the detail of spectacular shot or image. But as a matter of fact, it has a whole bunch of advantages that, on the contrary, helps to stress aesthetic side, and make your design sophisticated and elegant.

In addition, such backgrounds are able to add readability to your titles and taglines, focus attention on specified elements, easily make foreground elements stand out, and finally contrast and highlight color schemes. Moreover such technique involves different interpretations; so you can freely experiment with various blur filters, making your site appearance smooth and stylish or vice versa noised and resonant. Also, you have an opportunity to localize the effect, partly revealing all the beauty of clarity and quality of a photo.

All in all, it is a good approach of dealing with busy, but really spectacular photos that you have a hankering for incorporating into design; after properly and accurately applying blur effect you will get an image that, at the same time, retains all colors and looks polished and slightly graceful.

So, if you want to have a closer look at clever vague effect realization you should definitely turn your attention to our collection that includes remarkable examples of websites with blurred backgrounds.

Examples of Blur Backgrounds in Web Design

DEGO Interactive looks less formal due to bright illuminating background which is partially filled with bokeh effect.

DEGO Interactive

Radiuus is a smooth one-page website with elegantly incorporated components in violet color.


Maxim Siebert uses slightly blurred nature-inspired photo background with pixellated touch in service section, making white and yellow text perfectly stand out.

Maxim Siebert

Teamgeek has almost black-and-white heavily noised header background that goes well with overall light gray website color palette.


Siete de Febrero has stylish modern Metro 8 vibe with accurately arranged data blocks and monochromatic vague full screen background.

Siete de Febrero

MelonHTML5 is another great example of trendy flat website design with an obvious hint of Metro 8 style and heavily blurred background.


David Massiani looks clean and peaceful due to utilization of vague photo background with soft coloring and polished effect.

David Massiani

Hey, Handsome goes for classic and elegant dual color combination, which manifests in all aspects of website design.

Hey, Handsome

The Pete Design makes use of soft brown background with neatly tactile nuances and marvelous typography treatments.

The Pete Design

Nudge Design conveys a warm experience with a lovely lomography vibe, alternating using vague images as a background for several sections.

Nudge Design

The Trip provides several inner pages with faded unclear photo backgrounds which wonderfully put emphasis on plain bold white text.

The Trip

Restaurante Couve e Flor welcomes users with partly blurred restaurant-themed background making elegantly decorated data blocks come to the fore.

Restaurante Couve e Flor

Daniel Filler makes himself friendly and clearer for potential customers, establishing a relationship of trust.

Daniel Filler

Saforian has a light and luminous appearance. Blurred, but at the same time bright header background beautifully outline tagline.


Rei 1440 Project attracts viewers by amazing spectacular landscape photography that are slightly blurred and showcased as a background images.

Rei 1440 Project

Apps Builder gets its nifty look from trendy Metro 8 style, wonderfully incorporating heavily blurred urban photo as a background for landing page.

Apps Builder

Piction iPhone App is a great example of simple minimalistic landing page that magnetizes its users by means of delicious photo background and tiny slider that is based on iPhone mockup.

Piction iPhone App

Courchevel partly blurs picturesque photo background in order to concentrate attention on central elements.


Bakken and Baeck has a full screen slider that includes crisp images of Apple devices with brief descriptions along with vague and polished backgrounds.

Bakken and Baeck

Static exudes an image of purity and sharpness using monochromatic white graphics and typography upon hazy background.


Color features almost glossy background in muted tones that perfectly highlights mobile devices.


Happy Tables uses deep saturated colors both for background and foreground in order to mark a contrast and distinguish necessary message.

Happy Tables

Gipis spices up slider section with polygonal 3-dimensional graphics that beautifully outline polished indistinct image abaft.


Best App Daily uses huge slightly vague image background which is updated accordingly to new application.

Best App Daily

Fhoke looks elegant and business-like with sharp-cut welcome section that is supplemented by unclear photo background.


BrightByte leverages diffuse image of working place as a header background. The latter is intentionally darken in order to complement foreground elements.



Undoubtedly, blur effect is primarily intended to easily focus users’ attention on foreground elements, making them readable and protrude, and at the same time adding elegance and burnished touch. There are different ways to creatively include blurred background in web design. Practice shows that you aren’t obliged to make the full background indistinct or fill the whole space with vague image; simply incorporating such effect into header or slider section will be enough to attract people.

So, how do you find such effect? Is blurred background look modern and sophisticated to you? Do breathtaking images worth sacrificing for the sake of readability? Do not you think this effect is overused on iPhone App website designs?


  1. Bruno Monteiro Apr 29, 8:31 pm

    These are really cool examples, but as a front-end developer who cares about speed performance, I would be worried to make my users load a 500kb+ image as background.

  2. Ian Olson Apr 29, 8:50 pm

    What is the best way to have the picture fill up the width of the background, but also still load up fast?

    • Bruno Monteiro Apr 29, 8:52 pm

      You can use a small image (something like 800x600px) and create a Javascript code to force its size to fit into user window width and height. Probably it will lose the image quality, but is a good way to create fullscreen background without download a huge image (in KBs).

  3. Matt Apr 30, 7:22 pm

    Great article and very important note by Bruno. I just used this technique on a recently launched site, too:

    • Robin Johnson May 1, 2:33 am

      Nice work. I want to know more about how to create this look while minimizing load time. Can you point me to a tutorial?

  4. Rihan Terence May 1, 8:32 am

    Lovely even i am also planing to add this effect in my portfolio :-)

  5. ckcallen May 1, 9:21 pm

    I’d love it if you guys would do a Photoshop tutorial showing how to properly blur a background, desaturated, and apply a color wash. In the past, I’ve found it difficult to get the contrast right so that the wash isn’t so effected by the bright and dark areas.

  6. BGINFOTECH May 2, 3:10 pm

    Good technique to make the background blur so that it improves the site aesthetic appeal but for commercial site or companies site will it be advisable to do it?

  7. igen May 5, 9:50 am

    I agree that having a blurred background makes your website look elegant, especially when you choose the right photos. Thanks for sharing.

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