This page is all about background images for Web pages. You can also use the images as wallpaper if you like.

I visited FreeBackgrounds.com and didn’t like their background images. Many of them would be perfect for those who set up their pages in tables with a specified width for each cell in the table. The images would allow for a different background color on each part of the page. But since I don’t do my pages that way, I prefer a plain-color, textured background. So I made my own, using Windows Paint, Adobe PhotoDeluxe and Netscape’s GIF Lube utility (which is no longer available). They load quickly because they’re all 2.3 kilobytes or less.

The problem with background images is that they can make the page text difficult to read. These are light enough (or dark enough), and low enough on contrast, to avoid this problem.

Below are 12 images. Feel free to copy any, all or none of them and use them as you wish (don’t link directly to the ones on this site; it will not work since I have blocked hot-linking on the server). But if you use one on a Web page, do me a favor, and I’ll do you one in return: Link back to this site, and contact me with your URL, so I can link back to yours (I don’t link to adult-only sites).


Light color backgrounds (use dark text, preferably black)

Desert Sand  Pink  Sky Blue
Yellow  Light Green  Snow


Dark color backgrounds (use light text, preferably white)

Maroon  Purple  Royal Blue
Brown  Meadow Green  Stormy Grey


Whenever you use a background image on a Web page, it’s a good idea to use a background color as well, so if your image doesn’t load, the page will at least be the right color. I have provided equivalent colors in Hex codes below:

LIGHT COLORS
Desert Sand: #dfcc93
Pink: #ffc6d7
Sky Blue: #70ffff
Yellow: #ffff80
Light Green: #a0ffa0
Snow: #eeeeee
DARK COLORS
Maroon: #900000
Purple: #700060
Royal Blue: #1111a5
Brown: #804000
Meadow Green: #006400
Stormy Grey: #4c4c4c