25+ Free Zoom Backgrounds to Creatively Transform Your Video Meetings

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With more people working from home than ever, kitchens have suddenly doubled as offices. If you’re someone who has created a temporary workspace in a random room of your house,  your video conferencing background might leave much to be desired. After all, you might not want your colleagues to see a messy counter or sink full of dishes.

Thankfully, apps including Zoom allow you to change your background to a photo while you're still visible. Right now, there are so many possibilities! Because of the unprecedented number of virtual meetings, different places around the web are sharing creative designs to make sure you’re looking your best while on video. Suddenly, you’re not at your crowded kitchen table, but in the middle of a field of flowers. Or, you're traipsing through the forest on the heels of Totoro.

So, if you are desperate to get rid of your home as a backdrop, look no further than these Zoom virtual backgrounds. They’re all free, so you can download as many as you like and switch them up with every meeting you have.

Are you attending a lot of video meetings? Switch up your background with one of these free Zoom backgrounds.

 

Try a background inspired by art history…

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

“Irises” (detail), 1889, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 × 37 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 90.PA.20 (Photo: Getty’s Open Content Program)

Zoom Virtual Background Images

“Landscape with Classical Ruins and Figures” (detail), about 1725–1730, Marco Ricci. Oil on canvas, 48 1/2 × 63 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 70.PA.33 (Photo: Getty’s Open Content Program)

Zoom Virtual Background Images

“Van Tromp, going about to please his Masters, Ships a Sea, getting a Good Wetting” (detail), 1844, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Oil on canvas, 36 3/8 × 48 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 93.PA.32 (Photo: Getty’s Open Content Program)

Free Zoom Background

Detail from “Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch” (the Book of Miracles), Folio 2 (Genesis 9, 12-15), circa 1552 (Photo: Public Domain Review)

Free Zoom Background

Detail from a design for Mozart's The Magic Flute—”The Hall of Stars in the Palace of the Queen of the Night”, Act 1, Scene 6—by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1847–49 (Photo: Public Domain Review)

Free Zoom Background

Detail from Plate 92, Filicinae, from Ernst Haeckel's “Kunstformen der Natur, the Art Forms of Nature,” published in 1904 (Photo: Public Domain Review)

Free Zoom Background

Detail from “Group of Lunar Mountains: Ideal Lunar Landscape” by James Nasmyth, ca. 1870 (Photo: Public Domain Review)

 

…or ones that make your space look cool and modern.

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

Photo: Biteable

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

Photo: Biteable

 

Illustrations are great, too…

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

Photo: Vine Pair

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

Photo: Vine Pair

 

Maybe congratulations are in order…

Happy Birthday Zoom Background

Photo: Canva

Anniversary Zoom Background

Photo: Canva

What's For Lunch Zoom Background

Photo: Canva

Birthday Zoom Background

Photo: Canva

Cheers Zoom Background

Photo: Canva

Let The Good Times Roll Zoom Background

Photo: Canva

 

…and pop culture will be a hit with everyone.

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

“The Simpsons” (Photo: Fox)

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

“Bob's Burgers” (Photo: Fox)

Zoom Virtual Background Images

“Ponyo” (Photo: Studio Ghibli)

Zoom Virtual Background Images

“My Neighbor Totoro” (Photo: Studio Ghibli)

 

Once you've found your favorite backdrop, here's how to change your Zoom background.

 

This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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