During this unfortunate shelter-at-home time of COVID-19, many fortunate people who are able to continue working remotely have done so via video chat. This temporary “new normal” has also given many a personal peek into our home lives, which has created a bit of a design challenge.
Unless you’re able to Zoom or Google Meet in a nicely designed home office, living room or bedroom, viewer(s) are often left looking at a background of clutter, undone laundry or perhaps just a blank wall. That’s not super exciting or inspiring, is it?!?
The other day, my husband Matt, whose new office is our garage, mentioned to me that he was tired of video chatting with high-profile clients having boxes, bins and sports gear stacked on shelves behind him. After the last “Are you sitting in a closet?” comment, he’d had enough.
We did some creative thinking and budget ‘n time considerations, then came up with this simple idea: create a beautiful background to impress! Not only did it hide all kinds of garage debris, it also created an impressive backdrop while chatting online with co-workers, clients, friends and family.
Well, in just moments, you can create something beautiful that will have your chat viewers saying, “Wow! Is that a virtual background or is that real?”
Here are several ways to DIY or acquire one for your home – click onto the photos for instructions:
1. DIY Fabric Wall Hanging
Find fun and gorgeous fabric to DIY a wall hanging.
2. DIY Drop Cloth Wall Decor
DIY paint a drop cloth canvas into an amazing wall hanging. Source: HGTV Handmade
3. Fabric-Wrapped Artwork
Wrap gorgeous fabric around a frame like fine artwork.
4. Artist-Designed Wall Tapestry
Order a wall tapestry the size to fit your needs – (btw, at this site, each purchase pays the artist…cool!). This is what we chose to do, mostly because of time. Prices range from $35.99 to $68.79 (on sale) depending on size. The largest is 88″ x 104″ – a great price for this large and bright ‘n colorful tapestry.