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It is interesting to explore the design of websites associated to a certain category. There are many collections out there that showcase websites from certain areas, and today I want to share a couple of designs of websites from the interior design category.
As one might assume, the level of design might be pretty interesting since there should be a tight connection between the sense of design applied in interior design or architecture and web design. The fundamental design principles that come with the knowledge of an interior designer can only be helpful when used in designing a page (or letting a page be designed).
I was curious to which extend designers of real objects and interior designers let their skill be reflected in their websites. One would expect that especially in this category, designs would be expressive and unique.
Unfortunately, not many designers seem to recognize the importance of an intriguing web presence. Most of the websites of interior designers seem outdated and don’t show much of a design spirit. But there are also some that show a reflection of style and do that in a quite fashionable and interesting way.
This collection consists of some furniture store websites, portfolios and interior design blogs. Take a look:
A beautiful example of a contemporary and uncluttered look with the focus on the design elements with an elegant product catalogue.
Atelier expresses it’s design direction beautifully with it’s website. Note, how the soft green complements the warm colors of the photos that represent the design choices. Also, a lot of black element are used which get’s reflected in the main color choice of the website. And check out that smooth fade in effect of the menu.
The website of Bentheim is a nice example of a minimalistic style that focuses on representing the design direction by it’s images.
Flash with nice usage example of pattern and light fonts.
This one has some interesting navigation animations.
Flash used very nicely, check out the navigation as part of the room.
Entirely flash as well. The geoform banner is following the mouse movements vertically.
The website of LLI Design is a beautiful example of minimalism with some smooth effects.
Slick design with change of color when choosing one from the palette.
Another page where the design used seems to reflect the interior design direction. I like the color choice.
Very interesting navigation with focus on the photos. The color choices fit the taste of the designer.
I really like the clean design of this one.
MoCo Loco has a really fresh design and the website is scrolled horizontally. Each area (Design, Art, Fresh) has it’s own complement color.
Interesting stacking of the menu items. Brown really seems to be their color.
I really like the style of the columns in this website. It is very unusual and it makes the site very interesting while keeping functionality and readability.
Very light color choice which actually enhances the products shown. Structures are kept very simple.
I can’t stop hovering over “All departments” – I love the way the menu slides out! I would like to see more contrast in the website in general, though.
If you ever visited a Zara Home store you will notice that their website fits very nicely to the feeling you get in the store: lots of light colors and romantic shapes.
Many contemporary furniture websites and interior designer websites make use of light structures and colors. Some websites make use of interesting navigation techniques and color palette choices.
This is not an entirely beautiful collection which is sad since one would expect more of a website of that category. I would expect to see more daring styles and ways to express ones creativity. Website design can conceptually be seen as decorating a room: you have some structure and you want to fill the white room with color and content for a purpose, with personal traces and lots of creative beauty.
What do you think? Do you know some websites in this category that you believe express their designers’ style?