Whether we like it or not, the humble video call has found its way into every aspect of our social lives, from family quiz nights to work meetings. Different corners of our home have taken on new purposes, and that blank wall we swore we’d get to eventually or the “chuck it there and look away” pile could suddenly do with getting sorted.
But how to make your video call space work for both your personal and professional life? As we set up our WFH camp everywhere from the kitchen table to a spare bedroom, our interior style needs to work for both the practical and aesthetic needs of these living spaces.
We’ve pulled together some simple tips to update your video call backdrop and show it off with pride.
With paint being a bit of a no-no at the moment, it doesn’t take much to add some other creative interest to visible walls in the background. Bring in some subtle detail with neutral prints and line art, or for those who like to go a little bolder our best-selling Extra Large Jungle Print Wall Chart is the perfect uplifting backdrop.
Make the most of any visible surfaces with little trinkets which give a nod to your personal style and add interest to your home. Play with height using a mixture of plant pots and vases, filling them with greenery or dried flowers for a low maintenance addition to your workspace.
Organising our clutter can help to minimise distractions and boost productivity as well as being a stylish addition to that weekly Zoom call. Add a pop of colour with our Mustard Made Lockers to bring a tastefully playful element to your video call backdrop, or for smaller spaces add a multi-tiered shelf to your wall and organise tidily.
If your video call setting isn’t blessed with lots of natural light, it’s good to think carefully about where you bring artificial light into your space. A floor lamp or desk lamp placed behind your laptop or computer on a 45 degree angle will light the space behind you softly and better yet, give you a more flattering glow. Lighting placed behind you can be harsh and those on the other end of the call will find themselves talking to your shadow, so make sure to create a balance.
With a few simple touches your video backdrop can provide a more inspiring and comfortable place to catch up with your colleagues. Just make sure to keep those pyjama bottoms out of shot.