Hey business owners, bloggers, and Instagram addicts! It’s time to take your Insta to the next level.

And what better way to do that than starting with the backbone of a photograph? (Yes, backdrops. I’m talkin’ about you.)

Pretty backgrounds make your photos look a million times more professional and give them a much more vibrant, clean look — regardless if you’re a minimalist or a colour fanatic at heart.

Here are 5 backdrop ideas you can use to make your Instagram and blog photos burst with inspiration.

5 Backdrop Ideas for Instagram Flatlays and Blog Photos | Flatlay photography is HUGE on social media and blogs, so why not take matters into your own hands and harness the first tool you'll need to snap a drool-worthy IG photo: The background! Click through to find out what they are and where to get them!


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1. Foam + Poster Boards

Backdrop Ideas — Foam + Poster Boards

Foam and poster boards are pretty much the go-to for most bloggers. They’re inexpensive, straight to the point, and know how to get the job done.

‣ If you’re looking for a clean backdrop to really highlight the items in your photo, go for plain white poster boards.

‣ If you’re looking for something a little more sturdy than poster boards, go for white foam boards.

‣ Aaand if you want your backdrop colours to remain consistent with your brand, or you just want to add some oomph to your photos, go for an arrangement of colourful posters.


2. Textured/Patterned Fabrics

Backdrop Ideas — Textured Fabrics

You can use quilts, scarves, tea towels, a sweater — any fabric you can find in your house has the potential to create an awesome photo. Fabrics are the bomb dot com because they’re known for adding depth and character to flatlay photography.

But(!) if you do so happen to not have any types of fabrics around your home that you’d like to use, Robert Kaufman’s your guy for a variety of patterned materials.

Faux fur blankets are also an amazing option for textured backgrounds. Ask any photographer — They’re a godsend!


3. Marble Contact Paper

Backdrop Ideas — Marble Contact Paper

I love marble. It adds smoothness, sleekness, and elegance to any photo. Unless you already own marble floors, countertops, or tabletops — Marble contact paper is an excellent back-up.


4. Wrapping Paper

Backdrop Ideas — Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper adds a lot of vibrancy to your photos, without adding unevenness to your snapshot. So if you’re someone who doesn’t want a lot of texture in your photo, but still wants the playfulness of patterns — Wrapping paper is your homie.


5. Wooden Table Tops

Backdrop Ideas — Wooden Tabletop

Wooden backdrops will forever be a classic. They’re timeless and subtle, with the perfect amount of eye-catching and bold. If you don’t already own a wooden piece of furniture, wooden contact paper is a compelling alternative.



What are your favourite backdrops? Are you going to add any of these babies to your photography routine?  Let’s chat! 🙂