15 gorgeous backdrops for your next Zoom call

A living area with a white couch, table, chair, and desk. There are white built-in shelves on the wall. There are books, various objects, and works of art on the shelves.Eirik
Johnson

Carefully selected to look sufficiently realistic

As more of us stay home to help curb the spread of the novel
coronavirus, video chat has become a go-to solution for staying
connected with others. And in the video chat world, the only thing
more important than your face—and maybe a cute baby or pet—is a
pleasing backdrop.

But what makes a good videoconference background anyway? We have
a few thoughts.

“I think the background rules are pretty close to
the good Instagram photo rules: shallow depth of field, not more
than three colors, keep it simple,” says Curbed’s architecture
critic, Alexandra
Lange
.

“Consider one saturated color, a jungle of plants, or
texture,” editor-in-chief Kelsey Keith adds to the list of ideal
backdrop features. “If it’s just you in a room, natural light
is non-negotiable.”

Indeed, vibrant color, great lighting, and plants often do
wonders for interiors, and in the time of constant
videoconferencing, those features can be helpful shortcuts for
creating an impressive virtual interior.

Whether you’re trying to arrange a “just eye-catching
enough” background for work or want to spruce things up for an
online happy hour with friends, we hope you can find some backdrop
decor inspiration below, courtesy of some of our best home tours.

If you’re using a videoconferencing service like Zoom, which

lets you upload
your own image background, try saving some of
these photos (carefully selected to look sufficiently realistic)
and instantly transport yourself to a design-savvy home for your
next call. (And while you’re at it, make sure to
turn on the “Touch Up My Appearance” filter
.)

Lean into bookshelves

Like threads of a tapestry, colorful book spines naturally weave
into an understated yet visually appealing backdrop. Stack volumes
neatly or
go maximalist
and subtly flex all of your objets.

Find your fun wall

Sitting in front of any non-blank backdrop creates a mood in a
snap, be it a surface doused in a vibrant color, made of a hulking
slab of concrete, or covered in an assemblage of artworks and
textiles.

Strategically place some plants


Plants
: They look good on Instagram, so why wouldn’t they on
video chat? Share a serene moment with family, friends, and
coworkers via a peek of greenery.

Call in the great outdoors

It’s always a pleasant surprise to see someone dial in from an
outdoor space, and in the age of
social distancing
, that means making the most of a private
balcony or yard if you’re lucky enough to have one. Consider it a
gift of a virtual breath of fresh air for the more cooped up among
us.

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
15 gorgeous backdrops for your next Zoom call