If you'd told us last January that we'd spend most of the upcoming year at home, we wouldn't have believed you. With a bit of hope and a lot of help from key workers, the second half of 2021 will be more face to face and less face to screen. Until then, Teams meetings, Hangout hangouts and Zoom calls are likely to be a prominent feature of your daily life.
After nearly a year of lockdown or lockdown-lite, there's no excuse to turn up to a client meeting with dirty laundry on your bed or posters of your teen crush in the background. Our whole world may have been turned upside down, but people are as image-obsessed as ever, so if you want to be taken seriously, you need to sort out your video background.
Much better than digital filters, plants are ideal for blocking out the parts of your life you don't want all the world to see. As well as conveniently obscuring any messiness or personal items, plants give the person your meeting with a neutral point to break the ice and position you as a caring and conscientious individual (they don't need to know you've got a stack of dirty plates behind your monstera).
Here are our top picks for plants to pop on or behind your desk, to keep you looking professional and help cheer you up in this difficult time.
Block out your unmade bed with a shrubby Large Philodendron Xanadu.
Block out your floordrobe with an elegant Silver Sword Philodendron.
Look like a plant care pro with minimal effort by placing this easy-care Snake Plant next to your camera.
Expansive and bright, the Key Lime Aglaonema will help cheer up another week of work in lockdown.
Or bag yourself a Dumb Cane to help you remember to unmute yourself before you speak.