Background images can add a new dimension to your website. They help to create a page that truly represents your company's tone and feel while distinguishing it from other pages on the web.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Simple is best
- Backgrounds should live... in the background. They are just supporting elements and shouldn't conflict with important foreground content—so, nothing crazy! Avoid heavy patterns or anything that reminds you of M.C. Escher drawings.
- Your text has to be legible.
- Make sure your font color is either light or dark enough to be read clearly and easily. Too much detail underneath text blocks can cause problems—subtle textures or blurred & out-of-focus images can make copy easier to read.
- Support your business brand and services
- If your yoga studio endorses peaceful well-being, then it might be strange to use a background of dark, grungy texture. A clean, lighter-toned background would work better. If you value handcrafted workmanship, a natural, wooden texture may be more consistent than a metallic, cold image.
Great FREE textures and images. Here are a couple links:
Unsplash has an incredible free library of high-resolution images that make perfect backgrounds.
Lost and Taken has a huge gallery sorted in categories. Start with their subtle grunge and move on to other categories.
Important: Final note, these images can be HUGE. Keep your pages loading quickly in web browsers by reducing image size to about 1500px wide, and crop the image down to only what you need.