Have you ever watched a video or vlog and got distracted by the background? Who am I kidding, that has been all our lives the last couple of years! I was a remote worker even before the big C, but since then everything is virtual and online. I am on video calls every single day and I have seen it all!
The person or organization you are speaking with may have something educational and beneficial to share, but the uncleanliness, clutter, and random things on the wall create an environment surrounding the speaker that makes it hard to listen.
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While green screens and dividers can help, they can take away from the authenticity of your video and message. Ultimately, creating a home studio offers better results.
A home studio is a space within your residence designated for recording videos and vlogs. It’s a quiet, clean, distraction-free place where you can communicate uninterruptedly with your audience. Your home studio should reflect your brand and attract your target audience more than cameras, computers, lights, and other recording equipment.
Even if you aren't going to create a space for creating or recording videos, you should still consider these tips for your background when participating in conference calls!
Find A Location
The first step is to decide where to set up your home studio (or the spot you are going to do conference calls). It should be in a room or area that’s large enough to accommodate your needs. It should also be far away from distractions. Some suggestions include the basement, attic, garage, or spare room…I have even seen people create this space in their closets!
Clear The Clutter
The next step is to clear the clutter. When you have a bunch of junk and unnecessary items in your workspace, heck, anywhere in your home or apartment, it can hinder your ability to focus and also distracts your audience.
Therefore, you need to do a complete overhaul to get rid of things you don’t need. If you have a lot to remove, it’s best to consider roll off dumpster rental services. That way, you can toss large items into the dumpster and have them removed easily. Mr. Misadventures and I have done this MANY times and it is super convenient and not that expensive! I am big on decluttering and this method has helped a lot!
Toss anything that’s damaged or unusable. You can sell or donate items you no longer need (the money can go a long way to helping you purchase new items for your home studio). Anything you want to keep should be relocated to another area of your home or placed in storage for safekeeping.
A Fresh Coat Of Paint Evokes The Right Emotions
Now you have a clean canvas to begin putting together your home studio. One of the simplest things you can do to attract your audience and control the vibe of your videos is painting. Bright and vibrant colors evoke positivity and creativity. Earth tones provide a calming experience. While white, black, gray, tan, and navy give a professional vibe.
For my home office, I have a white wall and I added a marquee sign or letter board that I can change the message on if I want. I change it depending on who I am speaking to. Could be my day job, something for my blog, or sometimes I write “Bonjour” for my weekly French class! We have done bright accent walls throughout our house, but for the photo/video studio we created in our spare bedroom we bought backdrops in different colors so we can change them with our mood.
Layout And Furnishings
The layout and furnishings in your home studio are essential for photo shoots, video production, and conference calls. Think about your audience and message. What are you trying to convey? How do you want your audience to feel? What layout provides the most comfort and convenience?
Some people might want to give the appearance that they’re recording from home. Therefore, they’d benefit from creating a studio that resembles their house, bedroom, or home office. If your videos include interviews, you may want to focus on developing a “stage” complete with tables, chairs, lamps, and plants to make your guests and audience comfortable.
Your audience wants to know who you are. It’s essentially how they connect with you and encourages them to want to learn more about what you have to say. One way of reflecting your personality in your home studio is by incorporating decor.
Paintings, photographs, sculptures, motivational posters, candles, pillows, throw blankets, area rugs, lamps, and other decor items can help add character to your recording space. Don’t hesitate to add things that speak to your interests (without offending your audiences). Some people even change their recording sets frequently to add variety to their videos.
Videos are a powerful educational and marketing tool for businesses, social media personalities, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Don’t let something like an ill-fitting background cause you to lose your audience. Creating a home studio that reflects your brand, evokes the right emotions, and highlights your personality will keep viewers coming back to learn more.
How about you? Do you have a home studio at home? Or have you created a space for conference calls, photo shoots, etc.? Do share!
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