Trends, Rugs and QVC

Did you have a wonderful Christmas break? I do hope you’ve been enjoying the holidays and are looking forward to a wonderful 2016. I’ve had a lovely week, and have been absent from the blog and social media; it was time for a break. With just a day of this year to go, I thought I’d drop back in though, and felt like putting together this post based on a few things I’ve been working on.

Last week, just before Christmas, I was back in London ready to go onto tv again. I have a job on QVC, the live shopping channel, as a Guest Presenter. It’s something I’ve been working on all year, having done some screen tests and one live show back in October. This was my second show (did I mention it’s LIVE!) and was a little easier than the first, although the nerves were still big. I’m a brand ambassador for a Rug company, and my job is to chat about the rugs, looking at how viewers can incorporate them into their homes, helping them to connect with the products. I have no problem talking about home interiors so that part is easy. Doing it live on TV is another matter!

qvc green roomThe QVC green room – 23/12/15

This second show was hosted by Simon Biagi, a seasoned QVC presenter, who used to present Real Rooms (and the weather on GMTV back in the day) and so we had a lot of banter about trends, interior design and how to help the customer make the most of the rugs. With the New Year imminent, what’s going to be hot, and on trend is rife on every blog, and it seemed appropriate to talk about this, helping people make the most of their homes in 2016.

Many bloggers have been talking about the newly announced Pantone Colour for 2016 (something that many people see as a lead for colour trends in both fashion and home). This year Pantone announced two colours, Rose Quartz a dusky light pink, and Serenity a baby blue which really highlights how much we’ll be using pastel shades in our homes next year. I’m not sure it’s my thing but I do see how these colours are going to be so popular, just see how the fabulous Little Big Bell is using them in her home already.

I was recently asked by Modern Rugs for my tip on trends for 2016 and how people will be using rugs in their homes. I very much believe that we should all embrace home design in our own unique ways, and inject our own style and personality into our decor. Mixing up textures (and even colour, pattern and print) is going to hot next year, and we’ll be doing it more and more.

I think 2016 is going to see more of a turn towards mixing textures than ever before. It’s become popular to mix colours, patterns and prints to an ever-increasing degree during 2015, and next year will see us really embrace an eclectic home décor look even more. Being braver with our choices and understanding how to combine textures will become integral to how we decorate, with many people worrying less about getting it right, and more about simply pleasing themselves.

modern rugsAdding different textures to our floors, and our homes will bring in a depth of warmth, creating a more tactile space. In a world where where we are constantly busy, and many of us crave a simpler lifestyle, coming back to our sense of touch calms and centres us.

shaggy rugLook above where the sharp contrast of super shaggy rug against the hardwood block shouldn’t work,  but is a fabulous example of mixing textures successfully.

textured rugDon’t think that rugs have to be covering a wooden or stone floor either, they are wonderful across a carpeted floor, and again add a depth of texture, as you can see with this chunky, felted 100% wool rug above.

There are so many ways to use rugs in your home, a point I hope we got across on the QVC show last week. I’m back on January 17th for more rugs chat, but in the meantime, have a wonderful New Year, and see you in 2016.

Collaborative post

Rug imagery: Modern Rugs

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Jo
    January 1, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I love the effect of that plain rug on the patterned carpet. Would never have thought of doing that but it works really well.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 5, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Jo, yes it’s a great effect isn’t it. x

  2. geraldine
    January 1, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Happy New year Jen! I really need to watch your QVC channel, you should post a video for all of us to see on your blog. Looks like 2016 will be the year of rugs. Lovely post xx

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 5, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      Good point Geraldine, I’ve been a bit shy about blogging it but guess I should do, now I’ve done a couple of shows x

  3. Molly
    January 2, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I still haven’t seen you on QVC and will miss 17 Jan too as won’t be at home, but hopefully catch you soon! Love that texture is coming back for rugs – I’m still on a rug hunt, so will be following your tips. Happy New Year Jen x

  4. Rachel
    January 5, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    I was pleased to be able to tune in and catch you in action with your QVC rug presenting – you’re an absolute natural at it! I love the idea of using rugs to add more texture and am highly tempted by the idea of investing in a faux sheepskin rug.

  5. karen jones
    January 5, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I can’t tell you how impressed I am that you are able to pull of live tv ! Wow. I could not do that in a million years. You rock lady.
    Happy new year and here’s to many more opportunities for you on tv.

  6. Maxine Brady
    January 5, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    So sad i missed you on the telly box but i did check out that grey felted rug. It’s perfect for my living room (makeover in progress).

  7. Antonia Ludden
    January 5, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Credit to you, Jen – live TV is not for the faint hearted! I caught a bit of you on the channel this time and have to say you are so professional and at ease. Simon seemed nice and friendly, too – I can remember him presenting the weather way back when! The rugs themselves look great quality, I love their woven cotton backing and you can’t beat the prices and returns policy at QVC, can you?. Looking forward to seeing you present some more lovely rugs next time! x

  8. Carole
    January 6, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    A TV star now Jen! I’m so impressed. Though to be honest I should have guessed how good you would be when I saw you filming the Magnet video. A natural.
    I second Geraldine. Would love to see a video of it on the blog. x

  9. Rachel
    January 6, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Ooo, wish I’d seen you on QVC. Must tune in next time. We’re currently in need of a rug for the living room but just as I found the perfect one, I had it in my mind that we need to redecorate. The room is such a mishmash … furniture bought for our old apartment, curtains from my eldest’s bedroom when he was a baby, toys, a drinks cabinet. I really need to strip everything out and start again … and then re-find my perfect rug!

  10. Theresa
    January 7, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    I really like the effect of this plain rug about the patterned carpeting. Would not have thought to do that however it works very well.

  11. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
    January 18, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I saw you on QVC at the weekend Jen, and you were brilliant! I loved how you had facts about coir and how you could talk about rugs for so long- that’s quite a skill! Well done.

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