Now that we're a few weeks in to this new normal of spending more time at home and interacting with friends, family, and coworkers solely over video chat—Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, you name it—it's not surprising that many of us are craving a bit of change, especially when it comes to our interiors.
Seeing the same rooms over and over and over naturally feels a little monotonous, no matter how much you love your home's design. Add to that the fact that your interiors make an appearance on all of your video calls, and the desire to refresh and redecorate is hard to ignore.
Thankfully, you don't have to get rid of your favorite furnishings or even rearrange your layout to experience a fresh design aesthetic, all you have to do is change your Zoom background. The video-conferencing service allows users to upload their own backgrounds, which means you can virtually spend some time in your dream home or experiment with a whole new design style, no strings attached.
To help get you started, we tapped some of our favorite designers and design bloggers to share their favorite images for our readers to use as virtual backgrounds. Read on to see the options, but don't fret if you can't choose, you can swap out your background as often as you'd like.
To download the backgrounds, click the heading title, then right-click to save the image to your computer. To add a virtual background on Zoom, simply go to preferences then virtual background, and upload your selected image.
"For those of us working from home with kids, the house isn't exactly clean and clutter-free all day. We love this cozy family home that's tidy and shows you've got everything organized and under control, even if you don't." — Leigh Lincoln, co-founder Pure Salt Interiors
"If you’re in need of the full dining room table for a meeting, then decorating the wall with baskets and bringing in plants from around the house can create a beautiful impromptu office. I love the feeling of the outdoors inside my home." — Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins Living
'I love this meditation space because of its focused serenity. The blue rug and walls were paired together with the cloud-like white glass ceiling light to invoke the feeling of being in the sky. It was important to create a space of transcendence for my client as this particular room is the most sacred space in his home and needed to reflect his own personal meaning of what the practice of meditation is to him." — Meg Lavalette, founder of Lava Interiors
Inviting Dining Area
The channel tufting on this welcoming banquette is just one of the many stylish aspects that draws us to the design by Erin Williams Design.
'This is a great place for virtual meetings or rest, it opens to the outdoors, there's fresh greenery inside, and muted calming color tones to calm the nerves. Fresh open space with gorgeous views of the mountains and ocean. It’s important to feel you are outside even if you’re stuck indoors during this difficult time we are all universally facing." — Katherine Carter