Blogger Love | 100+ Ideas for Flat Lay Backgrounds

110+ Flatlay Backdrop Ideas

I love flat lay photography, whether a photo is focused on plated food, makeup mess, clothing pieces or books. Not only do I love viewing flat lay photography, but it is my favorite type of content to shoot for my blog.ย Admittedly, when I first started shooting flat lays I felt super discouraged. My work felt subpar to the amazing flat lays that I saw all over Instagram; however, I kept plugging on.

Although lighting and featured products play a vital role in creating the perfect flat lay, the background sets the mood for the entire photo. Before I started trying to develop my craft, I’ll admit that I felt I’d never create luxe-looking flat lays… but I quickly learned that there are ways to create high end looking flat lays without dropping tons of money on fancy backgrounds or decorative pieces.

If you struggle with finding the perfect flat lay background, please keep reading for 100+ background ideas for your next flat lay. P.S. many of these items, you already own in your home or wardrobe!

What is a Flat Lay?

A Flat Lay is typically an aerial, product-focused shot popularized within the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle community online.

The Best Clothing & Accessory Backdrop & Backgrounds for Flat Lays

  • Bandanas
  • Beanies
  • Blouses
  • Canvas or cloth bags
  • Coats (planed, patterned, bold, neutral, textured, etc)
  • Delivery Boxes
  • Jeans
  • Large Headbands
  • Leggings / Sweatpants
  • Pants
  • Paper/canvas shopping bags
  • Reusable bags
  • Scarves
  • Shawls
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Tote bags
  • Winter hats
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Ariana Grande Merch, Vogue Cover, & Clear Handbag

The Best Indoor Furniture Backdrop & Backgrounds for Flat Lays

  • Bar Carts
  • Bathroom Counter
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Bureau
  • Couch cushions
  • Coffee Table
  • Desk
  • End Table
  • Floor Rug
  • Flooring Samples
  • Furry Rug
  • Kitchen Table
  • Kitchen Counter
  • Marble Table Top
  • Mirror
  • Nightstand
  • Shoe Bags
  • Storage Lids
  • Tapestry or Accent Rug
  • Vanity
  • Windowsill
  • Wood Flooring
  • Yoga Mats
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Close up of the Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette

The Best Home Decor / Home Essential Backdrops & Backgrounds for Flat Lays

  • Acrylic Storage Drawers
  • Aprons
  • Baskets (wooden, wicker, metal)
  • Bedding (sheets, blankets)
  • Bathmats
  • Blackboard / Chalkboard
  • Bulletin Board
  • Cutting Board
  • Decorative Blanks / Throw Blankets
  • Decorative Napkins
  • Decorative Plates
  • Empty Boxes
  • Food Trays / Magazine Trays
  • Jewelry Holder / Jewelry Plate
  • Hot Plates
  • Metal Basket
  • Paintings
  • Photoboard
  • Pillows
  • Place Mats
  • Storage Boxes (decorative or functional)
  • Table Cloths
  • Tin boxes
  • Towels / Washcloths
  • Wallpaper / Wallpaper Samples
  • Wooden storage boxes
110+ Flat Lay Backdrop Ideas | ColourPop x Halo Top Collection Shot on a Doily Napkin
ColourPop x Halo Top Collection Shot on a Doily Napkin

The Best Outdoor Backdrops & Backgrounds for Flat Lays

  • Beach / Sand
  • Beach Towel
  • Brick surfaces
  • Grass
  • Garden area
  • Hammock Chair
  • Haystack
  • Lawn Chair
  • Outdoor bridge
  • Outdoor stoop
  • Park Bench
  • Patio Table
  • Pavement
  • Picnic blanket
  • Picnic Table
  • Sidewalk
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Stone surfaces
  • Treehouse
  • Wooden Porch
  • Patio Table
110+ Flat Lay Background Ideas | Outdoor Backdrops | Beach Flat Lay - Sol Dry Body Oil x Kylie Lip Blushes
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

The Best Media Backdrops & Backgrounds for Flat Lays

  • Books
  • Canvas Paintings
  • Cards
  • Coloring Books
  • Design Printables
  • Ipad
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines (my all-time favorite backdrop)
  • Mail
  • Photographs
  • Photograph Album
  • Photo Tent
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbook
  • Vinyl record cases
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ColourPop Guava Have It Lip Tint Duo Shot on a Magazine Spread

The Best Stationary Backdrops & Backgrounds for Flat Lays

  • Burlap squares/bags
  • Backdrops
  • Contact Paper
  • Doily Paper
  • Folders
  • Notebooks/Notepads
  • Planners
  • Posterboard (plain, patterned, or colorful)
  • Stock paper (plain, patterned, or colorful)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Wrapping Paper
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Juvia’s Place Nubian 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

How to Create the Create Your Perfect Flat Lay Backdrop

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 like outdoor settings to clothing and household items that most of us already own or have access to in our daily lives.

The biggest takeaway is that we don’t need to drop tons of money on fancy pieces of furniture, home decor, or photography extras in order to create flat lays that we can be proud to showcase. Instead, we can use a combination of items we already own, proper lighting, and photo editing to create photos that appear luxurious. Then, if we desire, we can invest in pieces that we feel will enhance our photos even more!

110+ Flatlay Backdrop Ideas | Luxury Beauty Flat Lay Shot over a Magazine & Bedding
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!

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Do you enjoy creating or viewing flat lays? Where is your favorite place to shoot flat lays? Please let me know in the comments below.

25 thoughts on “Blogger Love | 100+ Ideas for Flat Lay Backgrounds

    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful. I thought my flatlays would never improve because I didn’t own luxury things, but between at-home props and editing, very inexpensive and common props and backgrounds can be made to look more luxe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I’ve been abusing my blog because I felt so discouraged when it came to taking nice photos, and I don’t particularly have a creative eye that others have – but this has given me some inspiration to just keep trying new things! I’ll definitely be using your list in future ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Aw I’m so sorry to hear that you have felt discouraged but I can totally relate because that was how I felt for the longest time. Wish you all the best with your blog and hope that this list was helpful for you!

  2. You’re absolutely killing it with the flatlay game, girl!! I really need to up mine haha.. I have stuff lying around but most of the time I’m just plain lazy to take it out. I also need to do it during the morning / early afternoon but now that I’m at school it’s really difficult to do so and by the time I’m home, I have awful yellow lighting! Thanks for sharing the tips girl!

    1. ooo girl, if I had your design skills I wouldn’t even be thinking about flat lays lol! Ps how did I just find your art IG account??! It is so freaking cute!!

      I actually take most of my photos at night because I invested in a ring light. It was the biggest game-changer for me since I am not home often during the day.

  3. I’ve been looking for a post like this for god knows how long. Your flat lays are always creative and varied, which I love! I never know what props to use for my photography but you’ve given such a handy list of products that I’ll deffo be using going forward. Thanks so much for this extensive list!

  4. I’ve been looking for a post like this for god knows how long. Your flat lays are always creative and varied, which I love! I never know what props to use for my photography but you’ve given such a handy list of products that I’ll deffo be using going forward. Thanks so much for this extensive list!

    1. Ah thank you girl!!! I always felt so discouraged that my flat lays couldn’t compare to the luxe looking ones that I saw on IG, but I learned that inexpensive items can look really lovely and luxe in photos!! I’ll have to do another post on my favorite flat lay props!

  5. Your flatlays are the best so when I saw you made this blog post, I was so excited! Love your ideas and I’m definitely using this when creating flatlays.

  6. You really do have fantastic flatlay! I need some of these tips too because I have a beauty account that I’m always racking for ideas on how to create something visually stimulating!

  7. I love that you made this list. I’ve been riding the struggle bus with my flat lays- though I do love taking them outside in my back yard most recently.

  8. I started reading this post yesterday while I was at work and OMG this post is so helpful. I have loved seeing your growth with flatlays. Your IG is so beautiful. I always have a hard time with gathering props because I don’t know what to use lol. So, thank you for sharing this list!

    Much love always,
    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

    1. Ah thank you so much girl, I always appreciate your kind words so much. ๐Ÿ’œ I know I have more to learn, but Iโ€™m proud of how my photos have improved over the last year! โ˜บ๏ธ

  9. I LOVE your flatlays, they are always so perfect & pretty. I get a backache just from taking a picture of one product though lol I don’t have “the eye” for adding in details & moving everything at the exact right angle, you know?

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