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Show off bright ideas with a background colour in Confluence

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Zoriana Bogutska
1st April, 2024
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Why change your Confluence background colour?
How to change your Confluence background colour
Background macro customisation options

Have you ever wished you could add a background colour to your Confluence pages? Now you can - here's how.

Confluence pages can be plain and unengaging, with little visual differentiation to keep team members and clients alike interested.

While you can’t switch out your entire background colour, we’ve got a handy guide to help you draw attention to important content on your Confluence pages. Read on to discover how to highlight text in Confluence with a striking background.

Why change your Confluence background colour?

Adding a background colour to your Confluence page can help you:

  • Keep in line with brand theming and maintain a strong brand identity.
  • Organise information clearly and highlight key messages.
  • Boost visual appeal and emotional impact.

Sounds good, right?

How to change your Confluence background colour

Unfortunately, you can’t change the entirety of your Confluence background (other than by using Confluence’s dark mode, which changes the entire Confluence interface dark).

What you can do is use the Background macro to create engaging background sections on your Confluence page. Here’s how to do it.

2. Go to the page you’d like to edit. Type /background and select the Background macro.
The Background macro shortcut typed on a Confluence page
3. You can now change your Confluence background colour. Choose from one of the default colours, select a colour from your brand palette (if one has been set up), or click the paint tin Select color icon to choose the perfect shade from the colour picker.
The custom colour picker in the Confluence Background macro editor
4. If you want to, move the Color opacity slider to customise the colour further.
5. Click Save in the bottom right to complete your changes.
6. Click Publish or Update (if your page was already published) in the upper right to make your new background colour available for all to see.


🎨 You can do more than just change your background colour, though - read on for more ideas.

Background macro customisation options


  • Image background - want an image that will inspire and motivate you or your team as you work? Upload your own background image, or choose from the stock image library.

  • Side spacing - alter how much space is given around your text to improve readability.

  • Container height - choose how tall you want your text container to be.

  • Rounded corners - be a smooth operator and give your text container a different kind of edge.

  • Text alignment and colour - change where your text sits, and again choose from default or custom colours.
A GIF of a user changing the side spacing, height, and corners of a Background macro in Confluence
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Zoriana Bogutska
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Zoriana has over 12 years of experience in marketing, with 6 of them in product marketing management. As a Senior Product Marketing Manager, Zoriana aims to ensure Kolekti's apps excel by understanding customer needs, solving their problems, and making Kolekti truly the best solution.

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