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Stylish Backgrounds for Your Next Virtual Meeting


With many of us working from home, virtual meeting platforms have become more important than ever in keeping us connected and productive during times when we cannot physically be together.

The advantages of being able to meet virtually with video and audio functionality are many:

  • It enables users to read facial and body language cues from afar
  • It encourages participants to stay on-task during the meeting
  • It enables screensharing and meeting recording, etc.

One possible disadvantage is that it opens your personal space—be it your home office, your couch, or your patio—to your coworkers, which can create an unnecessary distraction. Luckily, most platforms offer a simple workaround to solve this issue: the virtual background! Virtual backgrounds allow you to slide in a digital image, usually a landscape or location, over your real background to hide whatever is going on behind you and keep the focus on you.

The most appropriate virtual background depends on your meeting’s purpose. For more formal meetings, backgrounds like conference rooms, offices, or bookcases may be best. For casual gatherings or virtual happy hours, switch it up by showcasing more lighthearted locales like poolside cabanas, sunny landscapes, or cocktail lounges.

To get you started, we’ve selected a few of our favorite backgrounds below.

Tip: Each platform has slightly different directions for how to upload a digital background, but most begin with locally downloading the image you want to use.

Poolside Paradise

Alessio, Los Angeles, CA

Poolside Paradise featuring lush surroundings, lounge seating, and cabanas

Lavish Lounge

Century Towers, San Jose, CA

Lavish Lounge with sofas, chairs, table, TV, and fireplace

Modern Meeting Room

Station Park Green, San Mateo, CA

Modern Meeting Room with a long table, eight chairs, and a TV

Friendly Firepit Area

The Huxley, West Hollywood, CA

Firepit Area with lounge seating adjacent to outdoor swimming pool area

Cozy Clubhouse

Hillsborough Park, La Habra, CA

Cozy Clubhouse with a sofa, lounge chairs, a breakfast bar, and bar seating

Groovy Game Room

Anavia, Anaheim, CA

Game Room with a pool table and TV next to kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar

We hope you enjoy these backgrounds for your next virtual event. Happy meeting!

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