I love flat lay photography. Not only do I love viewing flat lay photography, but I love styling flat lays for my blog. At first, I felt discouraged at the quality of my photos compared to what I saw all over Instagram. But I kept plugging on.
Although lighting and featured products play a vital role in creating the perfect flat lay, unique flat lay background ideas set the mood for the entire photo. Many common flat lay backgrounds look luxe, but are completely free!
Please keep reading for more over 100 flat lay background ideas that will take your photos to the next level.
What is a Flat Lay?
A Flat Lay is typically an aerial, product-focused shot popularized within the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle community online.
Close up of the Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette
Flat Lay Background Ideas – Home Decor / Home Essentials
Acrylic Storage Drawers
Baskets (wooden, wicker, metal)
Bedding (sheets, blankets)
Blackboard / Chalkboard
Decorative Blanks / Throw Blankets
Food Trays / Magazine Trays
Jewelry Holder / Jewelry Plate
Storage Boxes (decorative or functional)
Towels / Washcloths
Wallpaper / Wallpaper Samples
Wooden storage boxes
ColourPop x Halo Top Collection Shot on a Doily Napkin
Flat Lay Background Ideas – Outdoor Backdrops
Beach / Sand
Beach Flat Lay on Towel & Sand shot in natural lighting. Featured products: Sol Body Shimmering Body Oil and Kabuki Brush and Kylie Lip Blush Liquid Lipsticks
Flat Lay Background Ideas – Mixed Media
Magazines (my all-time favorite backdrop)
Vinyl record cases
ColourPop Guava Have It Lip Tint Duo Shot on a Magazine Spread
Flat Lay Background Ideas – Stationary
Posterboard (plain, patterned, or colorful)
Stock paper (plain, patterned, or colorful)
Juvia’s Place Nubian 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Flat Lay Background Ideas – How to Stage the Perfect Shot?
It should be evident from the list above that there is a wide array of potential backdrops that can be utilized to create the perfect flat lay. These items range from things that are completely free to items that most of us already own.
The biggest takeaway is that you don’t need to drop tons of money on fancy pieces of furniture, home decor, or photography extras to create luxe flat lays. Using items you already own can cut down on costs without compromising quality.
Still not convinced? Good lighting and a little bit of editing can enhance the vibe of any photo. The right filter or shadows can make plain white bedsheets look luxe.
Once you start to develop a unique flat lay style, it may be worthwhile to invest in new props or backgrounds.
Luxury Beauty Flat Lay Shot over a Magazine & Bedding
My favorite flat lay backdrops? Personally, I’m a huge fan of flat backdrop paper, rugs, and magazines!