As working (and socializing) from home becomes the new normal, the time for improvising is over. We have some tips to upgrade your décor game, and make you feel better as an added bonus.

If your background is: Your bookshelf

Go for maximum effect with minimal effort, adding pops of color or small objects. Rearrange some of your coffee books to be facing forward, instead of showing only the spine, for added visual interest. Small décor pieces like miniature busts, or earthly elements like fossils, can create an interesting layered effect.

If your background is: A wall

There has never been a better time to get that gallery wall up. If getting the gallery set seems ambitious, go for that one oversized piece of art. A wall sculpture is another way to go—we love this life-sized resin turtle shell, or the playful look of this Jamie Young silver lace sculpture.

If your background is: Your sofa

Not all video conferences are made equal—and when work is done and it’s friends time, opt for a simple throw behind you. Designer Thomas Paul has mastered the dreamy, colorful throws, which are both snug and stately with their luxe motifs.

If your background is: Small and narrow

Go with a runner (or small rug) to add texture to the wall. Don’t stop at rugs—think of textile and embroidery as art, and the possibilities are endless. You can also select a small screen and walk the line between art, sculpture and historical artifacts all at once.

If your background is: Your dining area

Find the best camera angle and set the bar scene or dress up the credenza, vases, trays and fancy decanters to add instant glamour to your space. If you have space, add unexpected accents like this Alessandro Mendini small tower.

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