Among the most frequently asked questions I get about flat lays are those related to the background of the photos. A lot of people have doubts on how to choose the best option or how to leave it really white or even about variations that can make the photos even more creative.
Currently most of my photos have a white background. In the beginning, as I have shown countless times in the Instagram stories of @coolflatlays, I photographed using the top of a white cabinet. Since then I have tried many other options, from cardboard, EVA, sheet, printed canvas … but I opted for the ceramic tiles.
The reasons are many: practicality, easy to clean, relatively light and easy to carry to other places if you want to work with other light, lots of colors and textures. In addition, I chose square pieces that make it much easier to assemble the photos already in Instagram format.
As I said, I have preferably used white background in the photos, so I chose light ones with only a slight marbled effect. Up here are the two variations that I use most: a square plate with marble effect and another hexagonal with the same texture.
Both pieces are from Eliane, here above is the reference of the larger square. This is the most frequent background of my photos. The marbled effect is discreet, but leaves the photos with a more natural air since the white is not so flat. Also, the piece is finished in satin finish, so it does not shine and does not affect the photos.
This ceramic is sold in boxes with 4 units. I shoot small parts and have little space at home, so I currently use only one unit. But if you have space or want to shoot larger compositions with looks or other types of pieces, the 4 units will be perfect for mounting a larger square.
The hexagonal option already comes in smaller pieces, like the one in the first photo of the post. Up here is the reference of this piece that is also from Eliane. And, just like the previous option, it also has satin finish, so it does not shine in the photos.
This piece is sold in boxes with 10 units. For @coolflatlays photos I use 4 units that come together as a puzzle and form a larger square. If you need a larger background just join more pieces.
And if you like flat lays and search for references, you must have seen this hexagonal background in countless photos. It is a great option to vary a little and make the photos more interesting.
Finally, another option that has also appeared in my photos on @coolflatlays is the Sixties tile from Decortiles. Particularly this is my favorite applied to floors and here is a small spoiler of my future home!
It was the one I used in the photo above, and the variation from Eliane’s hexagonal is small. The Sixties is smooth with no marbled effect and has the most glossy finish. For the photos I prefer Eliane’s Hexagonal, because the space for grouting between the pieces is smaller and more discreet. Just notice how in Sixties you can see the little screen that connects the pieces. It’s a detail, but it makes a difference.
This tiles comes in boxes with 22 units. Similar to Eliane’s Hexagonal, I use only 4 units that together form a square.
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, one of the advantages of ceramic tiles is the variety of sizes, colors and textures available. Just a quick glance at Eliane and Decortiles’ website for you to realize this (there’s so many wonderful options!).
So if you have space and a lot of creativity you can choose from numerous options of backgrounds for your photos. In the meantime I keep dreaming about having a studio to work with all these options and share it here with you, of course!
Still in doubt? Are you curious about this type of photo? Just leave a comment or check my other posts on the subject!
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