There’s not much about the past few months of social isolation that we’re going to miss. If we never do another zoom call again it will be too soon. But there’s one thing about video meetings that we’re a big fan of, and frankly we’re going to miss when we all go back to the office. It’s the little peek inside the homes of our co-workers…
Creating the right background for your video calls has become a skill in and of itself. Curating a mix of personal style and professional minimalism has proved harder than we thought. But of all the live crosses to journalists, medical professionals, professors and experts reporting from their home offices, our favourite style of background undoubtably involves books.
It can be as simple as a carefully arranged shelf, or (if you’re lucky) a whole wall filled with well-styled elements – the secret is in the planning. For a few tips on getting our book backgrounds just right, we asked interior stylist, and founder of Style Curator, lovely local Canberra girl Gina Ciancio for advice.
“Make the most of your books by stacking them horizontally and vertically, and aligning some stacks to the left, right or centre of a shelf,” Gina says, “By mixing up the positioning of books and piles, you’ll keep things interesting and help balance the ‘weight’ of your shelf styling. One of my favourite ways to give your shelf styling confidence is by layering, and an easy trick to do this is by placing items on top of stacks. If you’ve created a few book stacks on your shelf, simply place a small decorative item on top.”
Whether you live in a compact apartment, shared townhouse, or suburban home, creating a space to show off your books gives you instant style status. Below, 12 images to encourage your weekend styling project, so no matter what your taste – colour coded, spines in or out, vertical or horizontal – there’s an idea to inspire.