Channeling Home Office Style with a Background Wall When Working from Home
Like so many across the world, most of us are adjusting to the new normal of working from home and joining completely virtual meetings to get our tasks done. Whether you have a temporary bedroom corner as your “office” or a separate dedicated room to work from, one thing’s certain: we all need a light-friendly space that feels stylish and put together with a visually-appealing background wall for those back-to-back Zoom calls. So, how do you do it and where do you start?
Today, we’ve put together a collection of inspirational ideas to answer precisely those questions. With a few tweaks and personal touches, you’re bound to go from a blank and boring wall to a personality-infused office that’ll have you feeling all the confidence in the world (even if you’re still secretly wearing your house slippers underneath your desk).
If you’re a DIYer at heart and you love a good project, then going the bold route by giving your background wall a total revamp is the solution for you. Something as simple as a quick paint color change, a store-bought peel-and-stick wallpaper pattern, or a hand-painted mural (if you’re artistically inclined) can have a major impact on your office space. Beadboard is a little more involved, but installing that can also give your space that instant upgrade you crave.
Book lovers and fans of the “shelfie” will feel right at home with a background wall of shelves. You can, of course, make these more permanent fixtures by going the built-in or mounted route, or you can opt for moveable standing shelves that can be adjusted or switched to another room whenever needed. Regardless, shelves give you total flexibility to play with layering personal mementos, beloved novels, and unique tchotchkes that will showcase your personal style in a heartbeat.
Windows & Natural Light
What’s the simplest way to nail the video conferencing game? Windows. If your office happens to overlook a lakefront view, or even a green-filled glimpse of the treetops, then taking advantage of that natural light is guaranteed to be a winner in terms of a background wall. You may need to have a desk lamp in front of you to keep your face out of the shadows since you’ll be backlit, but the overall effect is nothing short of stunning.
Straightforward and to the point, plants are a great solution to your background wall conundrum. Dark and leafy, tall and proud, long and trailing – the options are endless, and a quick trip to your local greenhouse will get you a texture-filled video studio that literally breathes life into the air.
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If artwork is more up your alley, you’ll definitely want to create a gallery wall. The key to nailing this look, though, is to get enough pieces together to feel like a cohesive collection (versus one or two framed pieces stuck haphazardly next to each other). You can go the more eclectic route with a variety of frames, shapes, and sizes, or you can keep it more streamlined with identically-framed family photos, all black and white prints, or a themed collection (like paintings and photos of wildlife, say).
Speaking of collections, another great background wall idea is to showcase a personal collection you love. Have boxes filled with vintage glassware, but have never found the perfect display spot? Pop them on shelves behind your desk! Have a total weakness for globes or maps? Create a wall and fill it with your treasures! Personal collections are great reflections of your style, and they’re sure to give your office a dose of needed zest.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with keeping things more work-oriented. Another great option for your background wall is to embrace that “office” aesthetic and use it as a chance to display – in an organized fashion – your work essentials. Peg boards, cork boards, hanging file folders – all of it can look ultra chic with the right accessories and color scheme.
Ready to tackle your upcoming video chats in style? With these inspiring spaces, there’s no limit to the ways you can stand out from the crowd. And of course, if all of this sounds like something you’d rather not touch with a ten-foot pole, you can always give us a call – we’ve got office revamps down to a science!
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