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How to Change Notion Background Colour: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learning to change your Notion background colour is a simple way to personalize your workspace and make it feel more comfortable. With just a few clicks, you can transform the default white background of blocks into a colour that suits your style.

Whether you prefer a calming blue or an energizing yellow, changing the background colour can help you stay focused and motivated while you work.

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What is Notion?

Notion is:

a single space where you can thing, write, and plan. Capture thoughts, manage projects, or even run an entire company — and do it exactly the way you want.

Notion website: notion.so/help/guides/what-is-notion

Notion not only allows you to change the background colour, but you can also customize the font colour and style to match your preferences.

Additionally, if you prefer working in dark mode (the full page has a black background), you can easily switch to this mode in Notion.

This is perfect for those people who struggle with white bright screens. I have mine set to the original white background on my desktop, but dark mode on my phone. I always find my phone screen to be brighter, but I'm sometimes working in the dark on my phone so I don't want a bright screen in my face.

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Note: You cannot change the colour of a Notion page (as in the full page to a custom colour), when I refer to changing the background colour, I'm referring to a Notion block. This could be blocks of writing which, once the colour is changed, it appears like you've highlighted the writing. I'll include some screenshots below.

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How to Change Notion Background Colour and Font Colour

Using different block colours, you can quickly identify different types of information and make your Notion workspace more visually appealing and functional. This feature is particularly useful for creating to-do lists, project plans, or other types of content that require visual organization.

Here's how to do it using the desktop version of Notion, as well as on an iPhone or Android device.

Using the Desktop

To change the background colour of a page in Notion on your desktop, follow these steps:

‘1. Open the Notion workspace (or page) that you want to customize.

2. Highlight the block you want to highlight and click on the 6 dots on the left side of the block.

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Screenshot of 6 dots to the left of a Notion block.

3. Click the “Color” option. The menu will give you options for “Color”, these will change the text colour within that block.

A screenshot from the Notion app, highlighting the user interface where one can change the color of text and background. The drop-down menu shows options to format text with colors like gray, brown, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and red, as well as to change the background of a text block. The image captures a simple guide on getting started with Notion, indicating its customizable and user-friendly design.
Screenshot showing how to change the colour of a Notion block

Further down is the option of “Background”; this will change the Notion background colour of the selected block. In this example, I've chosen a background of orange.

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A screenshot of a Notion block background changed to orange.

That's it! You can change the Notion block background colour (block) or the font colour using the above method. Easy right?

Using a Phone

To change the background colour of a page in Notion on your phone, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open your Notion App and then the page you want to customize in Notion.

Step 2: Highlight the information you want the background colour to be changed.

Step 3: Choose the “A” button in the menu at the bottom of your screen.

Step 4: You have the option to change the colour of the writing, or if you scroll down further you can change the background colour.

This image is a screenshot from the Notion app on a mobile device, demonstrating how to customize the background color of a text block. It displays the "Getting Started" page with various options, including the basics of how to use Notion and the interface for changing text color and background, with selections like Blue, Purple, Pink, Red, and different background colors such as Default, Gray, Brown, and Orange.
How to Change Notion Background Colour on a phone

Changing the font and background colour allows you to draw attention to important information or break it up so it's not an all-white background (or black if you're using dark mode).

How to Use Dark Mode

If you prefer to work in a darker environment, Notion offers a Dark Mode option that changes the background colour of your pages to black and the colour of the text to white. This can be especially helpful if you work at night or in a low-light environment.

To enable Dark Mode, press the keyboard shortcut “cmd/ctrl + shift + L” on your desktop or laptop. This will toggle the mode on or off. If you prefer to make Dark Mode a permanent fixture, you can customize your system settings to enable it.

On your phone, go to your main dashboard, click on ‘Settings' at the bottom of the screen, and then scroll down until you see ‘Appearance' and choose ‘Use System Setting'. From there you can choose Light mode or Dark mode.

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Changing from Light to Dark Mode on Notion on a phone

Dark Mode also changes the appearance of images and icons in Notion. Images will have a darker background and icons will be coloured white instead of black. This can make them easier to see and stand out more in a dark environment.

Overall, Dark Mode is a great option for those who prefer to work in a darker environment or who want to reduce eye strain. It's easy to customize and toggle on and off, making it a convenient feature to use.

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Light or Black

So what did you decide? A white background or are you going to try the Dark Mode? Personally, I like both, but as I noted before, I use a white screen on my desktop and the dark mode on my phone.

Let me know in the comments below, what your favourite Notion background is and if you use different font colours. I'd love to hear from you!

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A blogger dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs in the online business world. With over 15 years of experience in process documentation and SOP creation, I specialize in streamlining workflows, organizing workspaces, and optimizing digital tools for maximum efficiency. Join me as we transform your business operations with practical insights and budget-friendly solutions.

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