How To Experiment With Flat Lay Photograph Backgrounds

How To Take Blog Photos


Yesterday during a beauty blogger Twitter chat (yes, that's a thing! #bbloggers) we were discussing tips for taking good photographs and I mentioned how I'm experimenting with backdrops that I bought from a hardware store. Um… excuse me, wat? came the response from fellow bloggers. So, I thought I'd just quickly explain what I've been trying. Getting your background right is essential for any kind of blog photo, especially the close-ups and flat lays required for beauty blogging. A plain white or a marble background have become almost a cliche in beauty blogging, but damn they make things look classy on your blog, as well as on Instagram and Pinterest. The chances of having the perfect white table or marble kitchen counter, and the perfect light upon them are possible, but if not, here's a blog hack for you. 

Your local hardware store, like B&Q or Homebase, will sell rolls of adhesives that people use to cover their kitchen counters (hmm, fake marble, classy!). I picked up the monochrome marble and the beige marble (above) for around £8 a roll. I also got a roll of patent white, which helpfully reflects light, and I got some other whites with patterns on (these are window adhesives) to play with texture. It means I can have different backgrounds, and take them wherever I need to in my house to catch the best light at certain times of day. I use paperweights to hold down the edge of the roll, take my shots, and then roll it up and go. You can also find these rolls of adhesives on Amazon, you can get get wooden backgrounds, or metallic ones. The possibilities are many, and I'm enjoying playing around. Here's some of the results, let me know if you already do this, or if you think you might try it x


Sunday Riley Haul

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque

Body Shop Haul

Body Butter

Birch Water

Diptyque Argile de Gommage pour le Visage




  1. May 25, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I don’t do a lot of flat lay type shots but it’s difficult when I sometimes to, I have a glass dining table (rented flat and can’t change it) and no light in my kitchen, so a piece of white card on the floor in front of the window is essential for those times I do shoot products. I might look into sticky back plastic.

  2. May 25, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    Some really great tips there, I am trying to perfect the flat lay, so you have given me some great ideas x

  3. Sarah
    May 28, 2015 / 9:53 am

    It gives a nice sheen! x

  4. Sarah
    May 28, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Thanks Rachel! Can’t wait to see what you come up with x

  5. June 2, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Definitely going to give this a try! It honestly looks like a worktop!
    Victoria xx

  6. Sarah
    July 21, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Thanks Emily! I’ve seen some vintage-looking wooden plank paper I want next! Xx

  7. Sarah
    July 21, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    I think people buy it for their actual worktops lol! Does a great job Xx

  8. July 23, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Not something I’ve ever thought about!
    Looks awesome! xo

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