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February 11, 2016

Background Options for Instagram Flatlays

This week it seems to be our trend to talk about social media hacks, so we’re going to continue with these helpful posts and keep the momentum going!

Today, we’re going to talk about how you can curate your Instagram feed for consistency by using different background options for your pictures. You may have noticed that flatlay photography is on the rise and the way IG account holders are using these types of images is quite creative. People have been using them in a way to solidify their brand while sharing announcements, promoting their content, or encouraging interaction with their followers. Unless you really pay attention to detail you may not have figured out the tricks to change up the background of your images. Or you may have just assumed the images were styled on a desk, and in some cases they really are. But in a lot of cases they’re actually styled on top of some kind of purposed background prop.

 

background for instagram flatlay photography

 

Here is a short list of some of the items I use for background options for Instagram flatlays.

  1. Solid white or black foam board. Hit your local office supply store to search for the boards, similar to these at Office Depot. Even craft stores like Michaels will have this in various sizes. All you need to find is a solid colored board. You’d lay your items on the board and snap pictures. If you’re lighting is right, you edit your images properly, and arrange your props creatively it’ll look like you captured them on top of a white or black desktop.
  2. Linen fabrics. Linen fabrics are so versatile and can be laid out in a way that will give your images a rustic, dramatic look or a sleek and modern look. JoAnn Fabrics is a great place to look for this!
  3. Tulle. Tulle, especially if you’re in the wedding industry, can be a magical fabric to style with! When styled properly, it can easily look like a bride’s veil draped over a chair.
  4. Gift wrapping paper. Yep! You read that right!! Sometimes you can find wrapping paper with beautiful prints that will give you a creative finishing touch.
  5. Contact paper. You can find contact paper on Amazon, at craft stores, and even inside of hardware stores like Lowes. In fact, the marble desktop you see in the image above is actually contact paper! #mindblown

 

Now that you have a few brand new ideas of what you could use for various backgrounds of your flatlay images, I want to challenge you to get creative and curate your feed to match your branding and show off your personal style! And if you found this post helpful I would love to hear from you! Please comment below to let me know what kinds of backgrounds you use for your images, and whether or not you’ve thought of using any of the suggestions above. Happy shooting!!

  1. Tammy McDaniel

    February 11th, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I absolutely love the contact paper idea! I clicked over through the link you posted and oh, my goodness. I had no idea there were so many creative styles of contact paper! 🙂

  2. Amanda

    February 11th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much, Tammy! I’m thrilled you’re following along!! Yes, I couldn’t believe the pretty contact paper options until I started doing some research for myself. I was surprised, too! It’s really cool to see how many different things you could use for backgrounds in your Instagram pictures! Have fun!!

  3. Alex

    February 12th, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I use a white Ikea tabletop or our dining room table but the foam board sounds much more practical! Such great tips!

  4. Amanda

    February 12th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you, Alex!! I really appreciate you commenting! Those Ikea tabletops are the PERFECT space to do flat-lay images! I wish I had a table space like that. Since I didn’t, the foam board was my quick fix. 🙂

  5. Sarah harris

    February 14th, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve these suggestions! I’ve been experimenting with my Instagram feed – adding in 3s to give a consistent header appearance to some sentiments so these simpler backgrounds will be easier to line up.

  6. Amanda

    February 14th, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    That’s wonderful, Sarah! I’m so happy you find these suggestions helpful!!

  7. Diana Auerhammer

    February 14th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    This is really good. I have not explored Instagram much at all but I know people use it and like it. These ideas give me some ideas, too. I like wood backgrounds, too, when it shows off the project nicely. So. On the list it goes: rev up Instagram.

  8. Amanda

    February 14th, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hi, Diana! You’re exactly right!! A wooden background would be perfect. Sometimes I use my kitchen table as a background as well, and its worked great. Give it a try! I think you’d love it.

  9. LaNeshe

    February 14th, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I’d never even thought to use anything in particular consistently for my pics. This would definitely make things more uniform.

  10. Amanda

    February 14th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    That’s right, Laneshe! It’s a great way to make your feed look very consistent. Thank you for commenting!

  11. Marci Smith

    February 14th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I love the wrapping paper idea! There are so many times I stress over finding a good background for my pictures

  12. Mayra

    February 14th, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing these awesome ideas!! Great post!!

  13. Cynthia

    February 14th, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    TULLE! What an awesome idea! Thank you.xx

  14. Melanie

    February 14th, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Great tips! Never thought about contact paper or Gift wrap. I’m going to keep my eyes out for something cool. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sheena

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    These are great ideas! For my store’s IG we use a lot of wood too. You can lay planks all kinds of different ways and paint/stain them ANY color.

  16. veronica

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    You offer great ideas for backgrounds. Might I add that I think the a floral background is nice as well.

  17. Marta Pato

    February 15th, 2016 at 2:49 am

    OMG the contact paper is genius! Maybe I’ll finally get some photos right after this!

  18. Sofia

    February 15th, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Great tips! I don’t have many white surfaces in my apartment – gift wrapping paper is genius.

  19. Katie Stuart

    April 5th, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I bought some contact paper, but I’m having trouble making it look flat and smooth. The paper keeps getting wrinkled! Any solutions for that?

    XO Katie
    http://www.allglammedupstyle.com

  20. Amanda

    April 5th, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, Katie!! Thank you so much for commenting! Yes, I actually have the perfect solution for this. In fact, I found that I was running into the same problem and decided to affix the paper to something to keep it flat. I purchased a large foam board and peeled the paper off of it’s backing. Placing the paper onto the foam board gave me a solid background that I could hide behind a bookshelf and pull out whenever I needed to use it. This way gave me a blank white background on one side and the contact paper (in my case, marble) on the other side. It’s so useful this way and really convenient for me. I hope this helps!!

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