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6 CSS HTML Form Styles

Styling HTML forms with CSS is fun and there’s always something new to explore and learn, but don’t you feel dull when you do it over and over again? Sometimes I do, I too hate to start from scratch, I rather use something that already looks good and works. So here are few CSS from styles I’ve created for your websites, you just have to copy the markup and CSS into your projects and have nice looking form.

Note: I’ve recently added 10 more CSS form designs for your projects, click here.

Mark Up

Start by dropping HTML Form syntax in your project. Most common form contains name, email, message field and submit button. Just change the class name of the form to use different CSS styles.

 
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<form action="" method="post" class="STYLE-NAME">
    <h1>Contact Form
        <span>Please fill all the texts in the fields.</span>
    </h1>
    <label>
        <span>Your Name :</span>
        <input id="name" type="text" name="name" placeholder="Your Full Name" />
    </label>
   
    <label>
        <span>Your Email :</span>
        <input id="email" type="email" name="email" placeholder="Valid Email Address" />
    </label>
   
    <label>
        <span>Message :</span>
        <textarea id="message" name="message" placeholder="Your Message to Us"></textarea>
    </label>
     <label>
        <span>Subject :</span><select name="selection">
        <option value="Job Inquiry">Job Inquiry</option>
        <option value="General Question">General Question</option>
        </select>
    </label>    
     <label>
        <span>&nbsp;</span>
        <input type="button" class="button" value="Send" />
    </label>    
</form>

Basic Grey

The CSS below will transform your form into simple looking form, it comes with regular form alignment and grey background, a perfect base to start and further refining.

Contact FormPlease fill all the texts in the fields.

 
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/* Basic Grey */
.basic-grey {
    margin-left:auto;
    margin-right:auto;
    max-width: 500px;
    background: #F7F7F7;
    padding: 25px 15px 25px 10px;
    font: 12px Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
    color: #888;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #FFF;
    border:1px solid #E4E4E4;
}
.basic-grey h1 {
    font-size: 25px;
    padding: 0px 0px 10px 40px;
    display: block;
    border-bottom:1px solid #E4E4E4;
    margin: -10px -15px 30px -10px;;
    color: #888;
}
.basic-grey h1>span {
    display: block;
    font-size: 11px;
}
.basic-grey label {
    display: block;
    margin: 0px;
}
.basic-grey label>span {
    float: left;
    width: 20%;
    text-align: right;
    padding-right: 10px;
    margin-top: 10px;
    color: #888;
}
.basic-grey input[type="text"], .basic-grey input[type="email"], .basic-grey textarea, .basic-grey select {
    border: 1px solid #DADADA;
    color: #888;
    height: 30px;
    margin-bottom: 16px;
    margin-right: 6px;
    margin-top: 2px;
    outline: 0 none;
    padding: 3px 3px 3px 5px;
    width: 70%;
    font-size: 12px;
    line-height:15px;
    box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 4px #ECECEC;
    -moz-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 4px #ECECEC;
    -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 4px #ECECEC;
}
.basic-grey textarea{
    padding: 5px 3px 3px 5px;
}
.basic-grey select {
    background: #FFF url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
    background: #FFF url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right);
    appearance:none;
    -webkit-appearance:none;
    -moz-appearance: none;
    text-indent: 0.01px;
    text-overflow: '';
    width: 70%;
    height: 35px;
    line-height: 25px;
}
.basic-grey textarea{
    height:100px;
}
.basic-grey .button {
    background: #E27575;
    border: none;
    padding: 10px 25px 10px 25px;
    color: #FFF;
    box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px #B6B6B6;
    border-radius: 3px;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #9E3F3F;
    cursor: pointer;
}
.basic-grey .button:hover {
    background: #CF7A7A
}

Elegant Aero

Nice light blue CSS form, it comes to life in similar color background. Copy CSS below in your project, change the class name of the form to “elegant-aero” to achieve this elegant form.

Contact FormPlease fill all the texts in the fields.

 
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/* Elegant Aero */
.elegant-aero {
    margin-left:auto;
    margin-right:auto;

    max-width: 500px;
    background: #D2E9FF;
    padding: 20px 20px 20px 20px;
    font: 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    color: #666;
}
.elegant-aero h1 {
    font: 24px "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    padding: 10px 10px 10px 20px;
    display: block;
    background: #C0E1FF;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #B8DDFF;
    margin: -20px -20px 15px;
}
.elegant-aero h1>span {
    display: block;
    font-size: 11px;
}

.elegant-aero label>span {
    float: left;
    margin-top: 10px;
    color: #5E5E5E;
}
.elegant-aero label {
    display: block;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px;
}
.elegant-aero label>span {
    float: left;
    width: 20%;
    text-align: right;
    padding-right: 15px;
    margin-top: 10px;
    font-weight: bold;
}
.elegant-aero input[type="text"], .elegant-aero input[type="email"], .elegant-aero textarea, .elegant-aero select {
    color: #888;
    width: 70%;
    padding: 0px 0px 0px 5px;
    border: 1px solid #C5E2FF;
    background: #FBFBFB;
    outline: 0;
    -webkit-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 6px #ECF3F5;
    box-shadow: inset 0px 1px 6px #ECF3F5;
    font: 200 12px/25px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    height: 30px;
    line-height:15px;
    margin: 2px 6px 16px 0px;
}
.elegant-aero textarea{
    height:100px;
    padding: 5px 0px 0px 5px;
    width: 70%;
}
.elegant-aero select {
    background: #fbfbfb url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
    background: #fbfbfb url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
   appearance:none;
    -webkit-appearance:none;
   -moz-appearance: none;
    text-indent: 0.01px;
    text-overflow: '';
    width: 70%;
}
.elegant-aero .button{
    padding: 10px 30px 10px 30px;
    background: #66C1E4;
    border: none;
    color: #FFF;
    box-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #4C6E91;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #4C6E91;
    -moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #4C6E91;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #5079A3;
   
}
.elegant-aero .button:hover{
    background: #3EB1DD;
}

Smart Green

Smart green is perfect for soft green backgrounds. Copy CSS below in your project, change the class name of the form to “smart-green” to achieve this stylish form.

Contact FormPlease fill all the texts in the fields.

 
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/*######## Smart Green ########*/
.smart-green {
    margin-left:auto;
    margin-right:auto;

    max-width: 500px;
    background: #F8F8F8;
    padding: 30px 30px 20px 30px;
    font: 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    color: #666;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    -moz-border-radius: 5px;
}
.smart-green h1 {
    font: 24px "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    padding: 20px 0px 20px 40px;
    display: block;
    margin: -30px -30px 10px -30px;
    color: #FFF;
    background: #9DC45F;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #949494;
    border-radius: 5px 5px 0px 0px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px 5px 0px 0px;
    -moz-border-radius: 5px 5px 0px 0px;
    border-bottom:1px solid #89AF4C;

}
.smart-green h1>span {
    display: block;
    font-size: 11px;
    color: #FFF;
}

.smart-green label {
    display: block;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px;
}
.smart-green label>span {
    float: left;
    margin-top: 10px;
    color: #5E5E5E;
}
.smart-green input[type="text"], .smart-green input[type="email"], .smart-green textarea, .smart-green select {
    color: #555;
    height: 30px;
    line-height:15px;
    width: 100%;
    padding: 0px 0px 0px 10px;
    margin-top: 2px;
    border: 1px solid #E5E5E5;
    background: #FBFBFB;
    outline: 0;
    -webkit-box-shadow: inset 1px 1px 2px rgba(238, 238, 238, 0.2);
    box-shadow: inset 1px 1px 2px rgba(238, 238, 238, 0.2);
    font: normal 14px/14px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}
.smart-green textarea{
    height:100px;
    padding-top: 10px;
}
.smart-green select {
    background: url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right, -moz-linear-gradient(top, #FBFBFB 0%, #E9E9E9 100%);
    background: url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right, -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#FBFBFB), color-stop(100%,#E9E9E9));
   appearance:none;
    -webkit-appearance:none;
   -moz-appearance: none;
    text-indent: 0.01px;
    text-overflow: '';
    width:100%;
    height:30px;
}
.smart-green .button {
    background-color: #9DC45F;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    -moz-border-border-radius: 5px;
    border: none;
    padding: 10px 25px 10px 25px;
    color: #FFF;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #949494;
}
.smart-green .button:hover {
    background-color:#80A24A;
}

White Pink

Another style for form, that utilizes the modern CSS box shadows to achieve elegant looking form that comes with pink button style.

Contact FormPlease fill all the texts in the fields.

 
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/* ###### White / Pink #########*/
.white-pink {
    margin-left:auto;
    margin-right:auto;

    max-width: 500px;
    background: #FFF;
    padding: 30px 30px 20px 30px;
    box-shadow: rgba(187, 187, 187, 1) 0 0px 20px -1px;
    -webkit-box-shadow: rgba(187, 187, 187, 1) 0 0px 20px -1px;
    font: 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    color: #666;
    border-radius: 10px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 10px;
}
.white-pink h1 {
    font: 24px "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    padding: 0px 0px 10px 40px;
    display: block;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #F5F5F5;
    margin: -10px -30px 10px -30px;
    color: #969696;
}
.white-pink h1>span {
    display: block;
    font-size: 11px;
    color: #C4C2C2;
}
.white-pink label {
    display: block;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px;
}
.white-pink label>span {
    float: left;
    width: 20%;
    text-align: right;
    padding-right: 10px;
    margin-top: 10px;
    color: #969696;
}
.white-pink input[type="text"], .white-pink input[type="email"], .white-pink textarea,.white-pink select{
    color: #555;
    width: 70%;
    padding: 3px 0px 3px 5px;
    margin-top: 2px;
    margin-right: 6px;
    margin-bottom: 16px;
    border: 1px solid #e5e5e5;
    background: #fbfbfb;
    height: 25px;
    line-height:15px;
    outline: 0;
    -webkit-box-shadow: inset 1px 1px 2px rgba(200,200,200,0.2);
    box-shadow: inset 1px 1px 2px rgba(200,200,200,0.2);
}
.white-pink textarea{
    height:100px;
    padding: 5px 0px 0px 5px;
    width: 70%;
}
.white-pink .button {
    -moz-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #fbafe3;
    -webkit-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #fbafe3;
    box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #fbafe3;
    background:-webkit-gradient( linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0.05, #ff5bb0), color-stop(1, #ef027d) );
    background:-moz-linear-gradient( center top, #ff5bb0 5%, #ef027d 100% );
    filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr='#ff5bb0', endColorstr='#ef027d');
    background-color:#ff5bb0;
    border-radius:9px;
    -webkit-border-radius:9px;
    -moz-border-border-radius:9px;
    border:1px solid #ee1eb5;
    display:inline-block;
    color:#ffffff;
    font-family:Arial;
    font-size:15px;
    font-weight:bold;
    font-style:normal;
    height: 40px;
    line-height: 30px;
    width:100px;
    text-decoration:none;
    text-align:center;
    text-shadow:1px 1px 0px #c70067;
}
.white-pink .button:hover {
    background:-webkit-gradient( linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0.05, #ef027d), color-stop(1, #ff5bb0) );
    background:-moz-linear-gradient( center top, #ef027d 5%, #ff5bb0 100% );
    filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr='#ef027d', endColorstr='#ff5bb0');
    background-color:#ef027d;
}
.white-pink .button:active {
    position:relative;
    top:1px;
}
.white-pink select {
    background: url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right, -moz-linear-gradient(top, #FBFBFB 0%, #E9E9E9 100%);
    background: url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right, -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#FBFBFB), color-stop(100%,#E9E9E9));
   appearance:none;
    -webkit-appearance:none;
   -moz-appearance: none;
    text-indent: 0.01px;
    text-overflow: '';
    width: 70%;
    line-height: 15px;
    height: 30px;
}

Bootstrap Style Form

Bootstrap style form, that works well with white background. You can use this style as base to make different looking from in different colors.

Contact FormPlease fill all the texts in the fields.

 
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/* #### bootstrap Form #### */
.bootstrap-frm {
    margin-left:auto;
    margin-right:auto;

    max-width: 500px;
    background: #FFF;
    padding: 20px 30px 20px 30px;
    font: 12px "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
    color: #888;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #FFF;
    border:1px solid #DDD;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    -moz-border-radius: 5px;
}
.bootstrap-frm h1 {
    font: 25px "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
    padding: 0px 0px 10px 40px;
    display: block;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #DADADA;
    margin: -10px -30px 30px -30px;
    color: #888;
}
.bootstrap-frm h1>span {
    display: block;
    font-size: 11px;
}
.bootstrap-frm label {
    display: block;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px;
}
.bootstrap-frm label>span {
    float: left;
    width: 20%;
    text-align: right;
    padding-right: 10px;
    margin-top: 10px;
    color: #333;
    font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
    font-weight: bold;
}
.bootstrap-frm input[type="text"], .bootstrap-frm input[type="email"], .bootstrap-frm textarea, .bootstrap-frm select{
    border: 1px solid #CCC;
    color: #888;
    height: 20px;
    line-height:15px;
    margin-bottom: 16px;
    margin-right: 6px;
    margin-top: 2px;
    outline: 0 none;
    padding: 5px 0px 5px 5px;
    width: 70%;
    border-radius: 4px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 4px;
    -moz-border-radius: 4px;    
    -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075);
    box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075);
    -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075);
}
.bootstrap-frm select {
    background: #FFF url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
    background: #FFF url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
    appearance:none;
    -webkit-appearance:none;
    -moz-appearance: none;
    text-indent: 0.01px;
    text-overflow: '';
    width: 70%;
    height: 35px;
    line-height:15px;
}
.bootstrap-frm textarea{
    height:100px;
    padding: 5px 0px 0px 5px;
    width: 70%;
}
.bootstrap-frm .button {
    background: #FFF;
    border: 1px solid #CCC;
    padding: 10px 25px 10px 25px;
    color: #333;
    border-radius: 4px;
}
.bootstrap-frm .button:hover {
    color: #333;
    background-color: #EBEBEB;
    border-color: #ADADAD;
}

Dark Matter

If your website is based on dark theme, you can use this form style to fit your base color. All text are white and background is dark, which can be changed to any other color of your choice.

Contact FormPlease fill all the texts in the fields.

 
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/* #### Dark Matter #### */
.dark-matter {
    margin-left: auto;
    margin-right: auto;
    max-width: 500px;
    background: #555;
    padding: 20px 30px 20px 30px;
    font: 12px "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
    color: #D3D3D3;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #444;
    border: none;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    -moz-border-radius: 5px;
}
.dark-matter h1 {
    padding: 0px 0px 10px 40px;
    display: block;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #444;
    margin: -10px -30px 30px -30px;
}
.dark-matter h1>span {
    display: block;
    font-size: 11px;
}
.dark-matter label {
    display: block;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px;
}
.dark-matter label>span {
    float: left;
    width: 20%;
    text-align: right;
    padding-right: 10px;
    margin-top: 10px;
    font-weight: bold;
}
.dark-matter input[type="text"], .dark-matter input[type="email"], .dark-matter textarea, .dark-matter select {
    border: none;
    color: #525252;
    height: 25px;
    line-height:15px;
    margin-bottom: 16px;
    margin-right: 6px;
    margin-top: 2px;
    outline: 0 none;
    padding: 5px 0px 5px 5px;
    width: 70%;
    border-radius: 2px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 2px;
    -moz-border-radius: 2px;
    -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075);
    background: #DFDFDF;
}
.dark-matter select {
    background: #DFDFDF url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
    background: #DFDFDF url('down-arrow.png') no-repeat right;
    appearance:none;
    -webkit-appearance:none;
    -moz-appearance: none;
    text-indent: 0.01px;
    text-overflow: '';
    width: 70%;
    height: 35px;
    color: #525252;
    line-height: 25px;
}
.dark-matter textarea{
    height:100px;
    padding: 5px 0px 0px 5px;
    width: 70%;
}
.dark-matter .button {
    background: #FFCC02;
    border: none;
    padding: 10px 25px 10px 25px;
    color: #585858;
    border-radius: 4px;
    -moz-border-radius: 4px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 4px;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #FFE477;
    font-weight: bold;
    box-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #3D3D3D;
    -webkit-box-shadow:1px 1px 1px #3D3D3D;
    -moz-box-shadow:1px 1px 1px #3D3D3D;
}

.dark-matter .button:hover {
    color: #333;
    background-color: #EBEBEB;
}

Conclusion

I have not tested these forms in some old browsers, but it should work fine with all modern browsers. I have also ignored some other input fields such as radio, checkboxs and file fields. I hope you can use these CSS as your base to improve on those elements.

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  1. Where in the html do you specify where the form submission goes? Meaning the person filling out the form… I want the form answers to go to xyz email. how is this done? Great post thanks!

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  2. Thanks again for these designs. I was just wondering if you could upload the image “Down-Arrow”, for the selector to work.

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  3. @Najeed, go ahead, design a website, publicize and show your abilities before the world till Mr Gabo sulukinnihababi gets aware of, just like that whatsapp guy did before zuckerberg. :p :D

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  4. Dear Owner ,I am Najeed Chaudhary. I am Web Programmer In open source .I want to join your site as a Designer I check the design it is really impressive,Can you Give me chance to show my abilities.
    Regard
    Najeed Chaudhary

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