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With most of us working from home and participating in virtual meetings on video conferencing platoforms such as Zoom and Hangouts Meet, it can be a challenge to create a presentable background that is reflective of your personal brand.

Whether you’re trying to set up a polished environment or you’re just looking to switch things up, here are some ways to give your next video call a stylish boost.

Declutter and tidy up

It’s time for some Marie Kondo-ing. Commit yourself to tidying up, and put away distracting items that lack value and meaning for a clutter-free space that will bring you more joy and less stress. We’re definitely keeping those sculptural vases and that gorgeous lamp—anything that will elevate the new space.

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Feature artworks or prints

Artworks complement existing interiors, add colours and textures to an otherwise drab wall, and lift your spirits. While galleries and antique shops are closed during this time of social distancing, options abound online. On a budget or looking for some therapeutic alone time? Sign up for an online workshop and try your hand at drawing and painting in the comfort of your home.

Incorporate some greenery

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Pretend play plant shop

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House plants have the innate ability to intrigue and reassure while brightening up a lifeless space. Green thumb or not, there’re a myriad of plant types to connect us with nature even as we’re stuck indoors. Order yours online or grow your own.

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Display a quirky piece

A well-made statement piece can make a lot of difference to just about any space. It also reflects your personality and style. Be it a stylish chair, quirky table lamp, or fancy stationery—put it on display for a fun conversation starter.

Give your walls a new coat of paint

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I know this before/after by @kourtnileigh for #currenthomeview is more than just paint but I’m still always amazed about how picking the right color PAINT can transform your space (swipe left). I have a success story on picking the right color paint. Do you remember my living room from earlier last year and the many years before that? It was white and white is IN for living rooms. BUT, my living room just doesn’t look good with white paint. Our large window faces north and we have a ton of tree coverage. Our living room is not light and airy so the white just looked dingy. One might be scared to go with dark paint in a space that doesn’t get good light, but I’m here to say …. Go for it! (See my last IG post for a look at the living room color). ✨✨ I went very dark in the space (even though it doesn’t get great natural light) and I’m so happy with it! Anyways, DO YOU HAVE A PAINT SUCCESS STORY? I’d love to hear in the comment section below. Leave me a comment and then tag me on a post where you feel you nailed the color. I’ll share some of my favorites! . . . #paint #paintcolors #greenpaint #beforeandaftermakeover #plantsofinstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy #builtins #builtinshelves #builtinbookshelves #office #officedecor #officedesign #officemakeover #diyhomedecor #bhghome #pursuepretty #modernhomestyle #apartmenttherapy

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A new palette might just be what you need to spruce up your workspace—a fresh coat of paint in the right colour not only transforms the vibe in your room, it can also inspire and positively impact your mood.

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