There are websites and then there are websites. Have you ever considered why some website designs look stunning and the others drab and uninspiring even when they are using the same color scheme, the same sort of images, and the same sort of fonts. Why do some website designs look professional and some amateur? Small things can make a big difference. Take for instance this subtle difference:
By just creating a color contrast, just look how the second design is made to stand out. Simply, by creating a few shadow effects, making a textured background and rendering shades to your header, you make a world of a difference to your final website design. This blog post explains in detail how you can improve your website design in small, 5-minute upgrades.