Until a few weeks ago, the videoconferencing platform Zoom was a thing of mystery to many of us. Nowadays, it’s our collective lifeline. Seemingly everyone is using it, and not just for work purposes. While office conference calls and school courses are the most common reasons for Zoom calls, in our new socially distanced world, fitness instructors are hosting workout classes, groups of friends are gathering for virtual happy hours and birthday parties—even weddings are being held via Zoom. The world has flocked to the platform, and it has quickly become our new normal.
If you’re anything like me, the five minutes before every Zoom call are frantic—I’m running around tidying up my space to make sure it’s a worthy background. But now you can make that scramble a thing of the past with these custom ELLE Decor Zoom backgrounds. Think of them as green screens—they’ll cover up whatever you don’t want your coworkers to see while showcasing some of ED’s most iconic rooms at the same time.
From Linda Pinto’s punchy golden living room in Paris to Bronson van Wyck’s masculine Manhattan loft, these backgrounds are sure to spruce up whatever blank wall you’ve been using up until now.
If you’re not sure how to use them, just follow these three easy steps:
- Save any of the wonderful room images in the gallery below as a JPEG to your computer.
- When it comes time for your next Zoom call, simply click the arrow next to the video icon and select “virtual background.”
- Upload your desired image, and voilà! No more awkward lighting or messy backgrounds for you.