Working from home has ushered in a new form of intimacy for many coworkers. With teleconferencing, not only can you see each other’s faces up close, but you can also catch a glimpse into each other’s home lives—clothing piles and pets included.
We have plenty of opinions on what constitutes a good video chat background. Color, but not too much. Sufficient lighting, the natural variety preferred. If you can work in a plant even better. But you know what’s easier than artfully arranging a Zoom backdrop? Borrowing someone else’s.
Custom Zoom background mania has already brought us virtual backdrops embracing everything from patterned wallpaper to sleek Airstreams, and interior design platform Modsy is getting in on the fun with a series of rendered backgrounds inspired by famous pop culture abodes.
These reimagined rooms range from the coastal chic bedroom of Celeste on Big Little Lies to iconic sets in Friends and Frasier, recreated with a nod to today’s trends. Given how many Zoom calls people are fielding these days, you can probably try them all out if you really want to. Of course, there’s also the option of just showing off your natural habitat, during a time when everyone should get a free pass for a messy bedroom.