Unexpectedly our worlds have been thrown into virtual chats and video calls. Whether it’s catching up with those dear to us, nostalgic virtual get-to-togethers with old friends or work meetings, the video call is very much a part of everyday life. With this in mind we thought we might be able to help with some styling ideas to help you create the perfect backdrop.
Video calls are giving people the opportunity to peak into your home life and interiors. Dressing your walls with art can be a nice way to lift and break up a wall space but you might want to be wary of revealing too much, particularly for work. Find a balance and limit the number of personal photos on display, instead fill frames with simple artwork and prints. There is no harm in showing your creative side and art can be a nice talking point, as longs it doesn’t over dominate the wall behind.
Shelving and Decorative Accessories
Shelving is a practical and stylish way to dress a back wall. There has been a lot of amusement in the media, on the strategically placed books (or lack of) displayed by some celebrities and politicians. It’s important to stay true to who you are but keeping it professional and relevant to the purpose of your call is a good decision. Displaying books in different orientations and leaving space for decorative objects sets a professional but appealing back drop. Choose interesting decorative pieces but don’t overcrowd the shelves, maintain some areas of space and make sure it’s simple and easy to arrange, in case you want to tweak it for different calls.
Planters and Greenery
A free-standing storage unit or side table can be a nice touch in the background. Adding greenery with planters brings a welcome splash of colour and creates a nice environment for you and those on the video call. Keep it neat and tidy to avoid an overgrown jungle feel.
Different lighting choices can suit different calls. During the day, an elegant glass or wicker pendant light in the background can create a feeling of space and calm. Natural light is also a welcome feature, especially if this is your regular workspace. For an evening call, choose a backdrop that’s moodier and more playful. Don’t be afraid to add colour to a wall or move around the house. A comfy sofa chat can sometimes be exactly what’s called for, especially if you’re catching up with a best friend or family member.
People will be interested in your taste. Think simple and sophisticated with hand painted decorative mugs in eye-catching shades and elegant glassware. It’s important that the things you have around you make you feel good too. There’s nothing like the perfect cup of coffee or tea from a favourite mug. For an evening call with friends, why not go to town with some cocktail glasses and pretend you are ‘out’, at least from the waist up!