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Video Call Background Design Ideas

Design the Perfect Video Conferencing Space

Over the past few months, video calls may have become an integral part of your life, keeping you connected with coworkers, family and friends — and giving others a glimpse into your home. So why not ensure your video-conference background puts you in the best possible light!

A clean and uncluttered environment ensures that the focus stays on you. But don’t be afraid to personalize it with your favorite items:

  • Show off your book collection: Remove the book jackets to reveal the colorful spines or neatly stack them by color.
  • Accessorize with plants or flowers.
  • Display photos, artwork or travel memorabilia.


Two people on a video call, with view of one person's background with books. A wall with bookshelves makes a perfect background for video calls.

Lighting is everything

When possible, make the most of natural light. You can also position lamps right in front of you or off to the side by no more than 45 degrees. (If the light is overhead or directly behind you, it will cast a shadow over your face.) 

Some possible setups could include:

  • Facing a window
  • A desk lamp, light bar or ring light to the sides of you
  • An additional light source behind you, off camera, to add depth

A desk facing natural light with a computer and desk lamp. Improve the look of your video with natural lighting or a desk lamp.

Adjust your computer height

By positioning your camera slightly above eye level, you eliminate an unwanted double chin and create a more flattering angle. You can even use books or boxes to stack your device, since no one will see them.

For that matter, remove any unnecessary clutter and place it out of sight behind your computer. While some setups work better in 2D than in real life, view your space on your computer screen to ensure the perfect look.

Design the perfect space for video conferencing - the right environment brings out your best!

A desk with a laptop on a stand. Create a more flattering angle by positioning your camera slightly above eye level.

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