With so many elements going into making YouTube videos, it’s easy to run some of them halfway or even ignore them altogether. Often one of these is the backdrop, but it’s an easy thing to fix.
We’ll discuss how important your backdrop style is, as well as how easy and affordable it is to perform. We’ll also give you some stylish backdrop ideas for your next YouTube video.
Why you need a stylish backdrop
While your viewers primarily watch your videos for you and your content, the visual components of a video are more important than you might think. People want to enjoy what they watch, or they are more likely to click.
An elegant backdrop allows viewers to associate an aesthetic with your brand, which will ultimately make you more recognizable and increase your perspective. It will also let them know that you are putting effort into the production, causing them to trust you more as a content creator. This is how you capture and retain a loyal audience online.
Think of background styling as a tool that contributes to the production value of your content. Not only does this set the stylistic vibe of the video, it can also complement the genre of your content, helping viewers paint a full picture of your channel.
How to get a stylish backdrop
Putting so much emphasis on the backdrop can make you anxious – we understand, YouTubers already have their hands full with tons of other factors that go into video creation. But backdrops are generally economical and easy to install.
The majority of styles can be achieved through printing or a green screen. So if you want to incorporate a brick wall into your backdrop, you don’t have to move your entire recording setup in front of a real brick wall; just print it on a sheet of paper or fabric, or film with a green background sheet and add the brick to the montage.
There are a wide variety of sheet designs on the market, and some companies allow you to customize your own as well. A background support structure is ideal, but you can do without it and use duct tape or high strength adhesive instead.
10 backdrop styles for your YouTube videos
Here are some of the best styles for your YouTube backdrop:
1. Solid color
A solid color is ideal for the undecided or impatient YouTuber. If you don’t like putting so much effort into a backdrop, you can’t go wrong with a solid color. All you have to do is choose a color that best represents your brand, and don’t forget to pay attention to its intensity and brightness.
2. Shaded colors
Ombre colors are another safe and easy choice for those who don’t want to do it all. They add more appeal than solid colors because they involve two or more colors and there is a gradual blending of one to the other. You can express your brand’s color palette a bit more with this option.
3. Brick wall
A brick wall print (or a real brick wall if that’s an option) makes a very stylish backdrop. Bricks combine sophistication with a rustic aesthetic and can be incorporated into a variety of styles. There are many different colors, shapes, textures and sizes of brick, so you are bound to find a brick design that complements your brand.
4. Wood panels
Wood panels are another great stylistic choice. It’s classy, but not too cold or minimalist. The wood can be painted any color, as the size and layout of the panels also vary widely. The panels may even have imperfections in the wood which will help make it more realistic if printed.
Glittery backdrops are ideal for YouTubers who love sparks. It can be printed, but it won’t translate as well as the real deal. There are stores that sell sequin fabrics (usually sequins sewn onto a mesh) that can easily turn into a backdrop. You may need to place another sheet behind, as sequin fabrics tend to be sheer.
The repeating patterns are very pleasing to the eye and add an artistic touch. Since there are endless variations in size, shape, color, and complexity, it’s probably best to stick with a simple pattern, like stripes. This way, you won’t be swallowed up by your background and your viewers won’t be too distracted.
A shelving unit can be integrated into various aesthetics, depending on its appearance. White shelving goes well with a contemporary style, while darker woods can create a dark academic aesthetic. Of course, you don’t need to buy a shelf, just print one! This way you can also personalize the books and the decor on the shelves.
If you have a stack of newspapers and are ready to apply glue to one of your walls, you don’t need to print that one. A newspaper aesthetic gives off a vintage vibe, as long as the print isn’t too colorful.
Unless you’re a graffiti artist yourself, using graffiti in your backdrop is a great opportunity to promote an artist’s work. You can have it painted on a sheet manually or digitally printed. This is an attractive art form to incorporate into your videos, and there are many types of graffiti styles to choose from.
10. Wall decorations
Decorating a wall is the perfect method to include more than one element in your backdrop and create a theme. Think picture frames, mirrors, vinyl records, posters, and anything else that can mount on a wall. If you’ve got a wall that you’re willing to sacrifice nails and tackle, this is one of the more customizable types of backdrops.
Look stylish with your YouTube backgrounds
A stylish backdrop is as important as any other element of video creation. It’s affordable and easy to install, so there’s no excuse not to have one. Try one of the styles listed here for your next video, or combine some of them, and watch the overall production value of your content increase.
In this article, we’ll go over the elements of great YouTube intros, along with the best mobile apps to create them.
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