You can use this page to take a look at the colors that you can incorporate into your Web page, either as background colors, text, or links.

Before starting, I suggest you stretch your Web browser so this sentence fits on one line; this will space the maps correctly.

(On my current computer, this means the browser (Netscape Navigator) is using a 14 point font size and is about 10 inches wide.)
The color maps consist of each color's 6-digit hexadecimal label appearing in its native color. Each page is approximately 240K in size. You can view the page with a:

Black background
Grey background
White background
This background (I did that on purpose.)

Other suggestions of useful background colors are encouraged. My personal preference so far has been this background color you're looking at now.