Best Backgrounds and Colors to Use for Video Conferencing

Author: Gina Cunsolo

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Best Backgrounds and Colors to Use for Video Conferencing

Videoconferencing is well on the way to becoming an accepted way to conduct business, and that has introduced a variety of issues of which professionals need to be aware. The way one appears on a video call has become just as important as how they might dress for a job interview or the way they might decorate their office if they regularly meet with potential clients. You wouldn’t wear a T-shirt and sweatpants when meeting with the CEO of a company for which you’d like to work, and you wouldn’t have a cluttered, disorganized space in which to pitch for multimillion-dollar deals.

It’s important to dress appropriately when participating in a video conference, but it’s just as important to consider what else others can see. Your background for video conferencing sessions can have as much influence on the proceedings as how you look and what you say.

Best background options and wall colors for video calls

Participants have several options when it comes to choosing a background for video calls. The simplest is to use your own space, ensuring that it’s appropriate for the situation.

Experts suggest white, yellow or light green as the best color for a home office video conference background wall. It’s not necessary to repaint the entire room; just what can be seen by your webcam is fine. These wall colors are best suited for use of virtual backgrounds, as they are easy for programs to key out and replace.

Another nice touch for any video call background is a bookshelf decorated with a plant or two or a few pieces of art. Be aware that someone on the call is likely to analyze the titles of any books on the shelf. History books, biographies or travel titles are generally non-controversial. Make sure any art pieces are innocuous. 

Keep it simple as well. A busy or cluttered background will take the focus off you. Consider bringing natural light into the setting if possible.

If using your own space as a background isn’t feasible, most video conferencing platforms offer the ability to blur the space behind you. Be aware, though, that some people find a blurry background distracting or hard on the eyes.

You can also use a virtual background. In most cases, you can choose one of several backgrounds included with the platform, or you can upload your own image to use.

Unless you’re going for a funny video conference background in an effort to win the office’s weekly “best video conference background” contest, avoid those that place you at the beach, in outer space or in the front row at a Kiss concert. Most platforms include a generic office background that would be appropriate for nearly any situation.

Best colors to wear on a video conference

Yamaha UC best colors to wear for video conferencingAlthough most of us recognize the importance of dressing appropriately for a video conference as well as having an appropriate background, there is one question that’s often overlooked. What’s the best color to wear for a video conference?

When considering that question, let’s first think about what not to wear during a video conferencing session. Style experts suggest wearing a color that’s different from your background to make sure you stand out. Avoid wearing a solid white shirt or top. Your webcam will focus on the white areas and darken the rest of the image to adjust the lighting.  

Solid back or other dark colors should also be avoided. Those colors will make you appear smaller and will emphasize facial features such as double chins or baggy eyes. They’ll also cause a loss of depth in your image.

Avoid wearing bright red as well. Red can cause color bleeding that creates a hazy effect in the image. Stay away from large patterns such as checks or plaids that clash with the background or make it difficult to focus on you. Small to medium size patterns are fine when worn against a plain background.

Overall, the best colors to wear are bright solid colors that contrast with your background. These include blue, turquoise, purple and teal.

Ultimately, your goal should be to keep the attention on you and avoid wearing colors or patterns that draw the eyes elsewhere. If in doubt, set up a quick Zoom session with a friend and judge for yourself.

How to further improve the quality of your video calls

Choosing the right background and dressing in video conference-friendly colors are just a few of the factors to be considered in the new normal, where we do as much business via video as we do in face-to-face settings. Although it’s important to pay attention to the experience you provide for others participating in the session, let’s not neglect your own experience or that of others in the room with you.

The video aspect is just half the challenge. The audio is just as important.

Although many call participants opt for headset microphones, they can limit mobility and natural conversation.  Yamaha Unified Communications offers a variety of conference phones and microphone systems that may be a better choice.

If there are several participants in a conference room, using a wide-angle webcam can help capture the entire team. For huddle rooms or small conference rooms, a Webcam for TV combined with Yamaha UC’s ESB-1090 Enterprise Sound Bar can help create a personalized experience. And when it comes to large conference rooms, Yamaha UC’s ADECIA family of products includes microphones and speaker systems that ensure your message comes across clearly.

If you’re seeking advice about the products that can help create an outstanding video conferencing solution, reach out to the experts at Yamaha UC.