• Joshua Allen Design Team

Interior Design Tips: Styling Your Video Call Backdrop

With social distancing guidelines as the new norm, lots of us are turning to video calls as a way to meet face-to-face (well, mostly) with coworkers and family members. While we’re all thankful for this technology that helps us stay connected, with this new tech comes a question we might not have been asking before: Where and HOW do I set up the backdrop for my personal and professional video calls?! 

Tricky right? Don’t worry though, we’re here to help! We’ve designed four different options for you to style your backgrounds in an interesting and fun way while still maintaining professionalism — this way your space can function as both a place to make work calls and a place to check up on friends and loved ones!  

First thing's first; let’s quickly run through some basic tips for choosing the perfect backdrop location for your call.

  • Make sure your setting is quiet, and try to avoid setting up in rooms with high ceilings, as they can cause an echo. If this isn’t possible, we’ve found using earbuds with a mic can work wonders at reducing background noise. 

  • Choose a solid colored wall as your backdrop, and try to pick a neutral color if possible. 

  • Lighting is everything! If you can, choose a location with soft natural lighting. Lighting that is too bright or harsh can wash you out and make it tough for those on the other end of the call to see you. 

  • Position your camera. It should be around eye level and far away enough that you aren’t the only subject taking up the frame. If you need to add height, try stacking your computer on top of some books.

  • When it comes to adding décor to your backdrop, see our style guides below for inspiration. You should organize your belongings and curate your space, but don’t over-clutter — remember, less is more! 

Perfect! Now that we’re all experts on picking a location and setting our cameras up for success, here are four totally awesome and unique examples you can use to dress up your video call backdrop that’ll have your family members and coworkers thinking you hired a professional! (Don’t worry you can thank us, the professionals, later!)

Another quick pro tip: If you're not sure which style suits you best, take our Design Profile Quiz to fi