How Do I Change the Background to Gray in SketchUp?

Changing the background color in SketchUp can give your designs a different feel and enhance the overall presentation. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of changing the background color to gray in SketchUp.

Step 1: Opening SketchUp

To begin, launch SketchUp by double-clicking on its icon. Once the application opens, you will be greeted with a blank drawing area.

Step 2: Accessing the Styles Window

In order to change the background color, we need to access the Styles window. To do this, navigate to the “Window” menu at the top of your screen and select “Styles” from the dropdown menu.

Note: Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + S” (Windows) or “Cmd + Shift + S” (Mac) to open the Styles window quickly.

Step 3: Selecting a Style

Once the Styles window is open, you will see various pre-defined styles on display. These styles consist of different combinations of colors, line weights, and other visual settings.

To change the background color to gray, we will select a suitable style that matches our preference.

To select a style:

  • Scroll through the available styles by clicking on the arrows at either end of the selection bar.
  • Hover over each style thumbnail to preview how it affects your design.
  • Select a style that has a gray or neutral background color by clicking on it once.

Step 4: Applying Changes

After selecting your desired style, click on the “Update Style” button located at the bottom of the Styles window. This will apply the changes to your SketchUp workspace, including the background color.

Note: If you want to revert to the original background color or choose another style, you can simply repeat steps 3 and 4.

Step 5: Saving Your Custom Style (Optional)

If you are satisfied with your customized gray background, you can save it as a custom style for future use. To do this, follow these steps:

To save a custom style:

  • Click on the “Details” button at the top right corner of the Styles window.
  • In the pop-up window that appears, click on “Create New Style”.
  • Provide a name for your style in the designated field.
  • Click on “OK” to save your custom style.


Congratulations! You have successfully changed the background color to gray in SketchUp.

By using different styles and customizing them to your liking, you can experiment with various backgrounds and make your designs more visually appealing. Remember, SketchUp offers endless possibilities for customization, so don’t be afraid to explore and unleash your creativity!