Free Website Backgrounds

Looking for a web background for free?

If you’re looking for a website background – Great! Because we’re on the lookout for the best sites that offer them for free. Admittedly, there are quite a few sites that are offering outdated backgrounds that will give your website that ‘made in the 90s’ look (Which you don’t want!)


Sometimes the best thing about a website is white space. White space allows the eye to rest.

But not all websites need white space.

Color and backgrounds can add atmosphere, and a sense that the website ‘continues on past the screen’.

A background can give additional visual cues about a website – for example, an elegant background can cue refined products or services and a retro background can signal fun products or services.

Children often prefer a website that is ‘fully colored in’.


Don’t go with a background that is garish or distracting. If the background graphics take over the website, the message of the website can be lost, and the whole website design can look very unprofessional.

I hope this doesn’t need to be said – but never choose an animated background. Okay, enough said on that one!


Grunge Textures

The website Grunge Textures has a sub section of Free background textures, all of which have a nice earthy grunge look. All of the backgrounds on the website have a free small version but the Freebies section does have a selection of 40 very large top quality textures to choose from.

Grunge Textures Royalty-Free Commercial License is owned and operated by Pixel Perfect Digital Inc. (“We”, “Us”, “Our”) grants you a personal, non-exclusive and non-transferable right to use our textures in accordance with these terms of use (the “License”).

Grunge Textures


Pixel Perfect Digital

Pixel Perfect Digital is a modern free stock photo website offering an array of high quality free backgrounds, patterns and textures. The only slight draw back is that some of the images are under the standard screen size of most modern devices.


Creative Commons AttributionLicense

Attribution means: We allow you to use this image for both personal and commercial projects (and create derivative works based upon it), but only if you credit for the original creation.

Free Website Backgrounds



FreeSeamlessTextures have a growing collection of seamless textures, backgrounds and patterns for your web and graphic design projects! Seamless texture images can be tiled across your background with the edge of each image blending seamlessly into the next resulting in an improved page load speed versus using one large full screen image. With a selection of large or small image sizes and a single click download FreeSeamlessTextures is a site worth visiting.

Creative Commons AttributionLicense

Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work.


Free seamless background  textures

Fat Strawberry

Charming website that can be forgiven for its bright, ever changing backgrounds! If another site cycled through backgrounds like this, it would be highly distracting – but this being a site for backgrounds, it’s functional to show, well, backgrounds. Lots of floral, swirly, girly designs and also some retro, adventure, kids and historic designs.

If you want a very subtle design you might be out of luck though. The backgrounds licenses are clearly marked and the majority are all free for commercial use.

Free website Backgrounds


Background Labs

Background Labs is a very good resource for high quality backgrounds that you can use for free. With a wide range of eye pleasing images categorized by color and application this website is worth visiting if you’re looking for a website background. All images are free and can be easily downloaded, with some backgrounds also having a psd (Photoshop file) available. Not all of the smaller backgrounds images can be tiled and except for manually searching it hard to find what backgrounds can be tiled.

You can use the content on this site for personaleducational and specific commercial use listed below. Attribution is appreciated, but not required. 

Free Website backgrounds