With many of us now working from home, the scramble to find a clean corner of our living quarters seconds before an office-wide video-conference call is a common reality. Whether you’re hiding a mountain of dirty dishes, piles of unfolded laundry, unruly children or if you are simply a private individual, there is no need to expose your humble (or not-so-humble) dwelling. We combed through the ELLE Canada print archives to find the chicest backdrops for every virtual gathering on your schedule.

To upload a custom backdrop to Zoom, do the following: save the below images to your desktop. When you’re on a call in the Zoom app, click the arrow beside “stop video” and a list of options will appear. Click “choose virtual background,” then on the “+” sign to upload an image. Voila! You are no longer in a messy one-bedroom apartment in Toronto’s west end, you are in the Maharaja’s private palace in Jaipur. Enjoy.

Amanruya Resort in Bodrum, Turkey

Rae’s On Wategos in Byron Bay, Australia

Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa in Mahé, Seychelles

Hotel San Cristobal in Baja California, Mexico

The Après Lounge at Montage Deer Valley

The Pool at the Waldorf Astoria Park City

The Four Seasons Voavah in Baa Atoll, the Maldives

Villa La Madonna in Piedmont, Italy

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, England


The Blue Room in City Palace, Jaipur

The Private Pool in the Gudliya Suite in City Palace, Jaipur

The Bedroom in the Gudliya Suite in City Palace, Jaipur

Bar Palladio, Jaipur

Caffé Palladio, Jaipur

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Silversands Grenada in St.George’s, Grenada

Caldera House in Jackson Hole

Vienna, Austria

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia


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