How to Change Your Gmail Theme (or Make Your Own)

Gmail Themes 2015
Gmail Themes 2015. Google, Inc.

Is blue, well, giving you the blues? Do you repaint your rooms once in a while and re-arrange the furniture now and then?

Change can be stimulating, and in Gmail, you can make the interface almost as interesting as the emails it holds—or stand back in noble utility. You can re-arrange the furniture and colors easily whenever you like.

Options for Gmail themes prête-à-porter include:

  • colored versions of the standard Gmail theme,
  • a high-contrast scheme to increase legibility,
  • themes that show images, some of them changing with (and in harmony with) time,
  • a theme mimicking a 1980s terminal interface as well as
  • Google classics such as Tea House and Bus Stop.

You can also create your own Gmail theme, though, with a custom background image. Speaking of customizing Gmail and trying new options, how about also dabbling in a new language for Gmail's interface?

Change Your Gmail Theme

To dress Gmail in different colors or apply an image-rich theme:

  1. Click the Settings gear in your Gmail's toolbar.
  2. Follow the Settings link in the menu that shows up.
  3. Go to the Themes category.
  4. Click the desired Gmail theme.

Use a Custom Picture Background in Gmail

To combine a light or dark theme for Gmail's interface colors with an image chosen by you:

  1. Click the Settings gear in your Gmail's toolbar.
  2. Follow the Settings link in the menu that shows up.
  3. Go to the Themes category.
  1. Pick Light or Dark under Custom Themes.
  2. Select a photo from your Picasa Web Albums or Gmail's featured images, specify an image's address (under Paste a URL)or upload an image (under Upload photos).
    • Click Change your background image if the image selector does not appear automatically.
  3. Click Select.