CSS background-color

The CSS background-color property is for setting the background color of an element.

The background-color property accepts a color value, which includes a large number of methods for specifying a color.

Note that background colors are drawn behind any background images that are applied to the element.

Syntax

background-color: <color>

Possible Values

color
The color data type allows for many different ways of specifying a color. For example, you can use the hex value, rgba() functional notation, a named color, a keyword such as transparent, or any of the other choices available.

In addition, all CSS properties also accept the following CSS-wide keyword values as the sole component of their property value:

initial
Represents the value specified as the property's initial value.
inherit
Represents the computed value of the property on the element's parent.
unset
This value acts as either inherit or initial, depending on whether the property is inherited or not. In other words, it sets all properties to their parent value if they are inheritable or to their initial value if not inheritable.

General Information

Initial Value
transparent
Applies To
All elements
Inherited?
No
Media
Visual
Animatable
Yes (see example)

Example Code

background-color: #ff9900;

Check out the CSS color reference.

Official Specifications