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New Year, New Trends: Bold and Custom in 2019
Event planners are constantly challenged to make gatherings feel fresh, bold and new. Event décor and design trends for 2019 blend classic favorites with custom and ground-breaking ideas. Updated technology, color pallets that can speak to the energy of any event, luxe materials and fabrics and an emphasis on personalization will take your events to the next level.
To make your 2019 events feel techy, you'll need more than just free Wi-Fi. CORT Events is a leader in tech-enabled solutions for event spaces and can now provide your attendees with wireless charging capabilities. Streamlining the look and complication of charging cables, CORT's new Wireless Charging Cube is an easy and attractive way to offer wireless charging using the Qi system for Android and Apple products. The table features a wireless charging pad, allowing guests to simply place their device on top for a quick and convenient charge while they network or engage with other guests. The white accent table can be styled into any modern design and incorporates AC, USB and wireless charging capabilities into the furniture design.
Color and pattern trends allow event planners to enhance the energy of your next event, no matter the mood. Gray remains the dominant neutral in soft seating and allows you to take your color pallet in many different directions. Meanwhile, blues are this year's color story trend for soft seating, working well with on-trend grays, and emerging brownish hues. We're seeing a shift toward warmer color tones in soft seating. In 2019, event planners can customize gathering with two different color stories: the warm earth tones, reminiscent of the 70's; and more vibrant colors, such as rich cranberry reds, pinks, and salmon tones. Both of these pallets can easily be grounded with prominent neutrals to feel accessible, yet exciting.
Event planners who have some creative room to work with should try to include Pantone's color of the year, Living Coral, into their design. This shade is a great compliment to the tropical modern motifs that are trending in furnishings and design. Whether you're using CORT's new blue fabric Montreal seating or the white canvas of the new Baja collection, Living Coral accents and CORT's Flamingo or Tropical Pillow collections provide chic yet playful compliment to Palm Beach Modern event stylings.
This year, event design is all about personalization. Creating unique, personalized event experiences that speak to your client's brand story will keep attendees excited throughout the year. Whether it's a graphic on a bar or a customized ottoman cover or pillow, our clients want décor that reflects their individual inspiration and aesthetic. CORT Events offers an array of products suitable for personalization, including tables, bars, chairs, ottomans, room dividers and lighting. The Luna Lighting collection features acrylic columns, pedestals and tables that are easily customized and lend a vibrant glow to compliment any design. Available in alternating current (AC) or battery options, Luna columns can be incorporated into any event space. CORT Events offers personalization services that include design assistance and customized products, delivered ready for use.
The new year is the perfect time to go big and bold. Rich fabrics and mixed metals top the list for details to include in your event design in the coming year. Art deco inspired furnishings incorporate design details such as channel stitching, curved edges, lush fabrics and soft colorful hues. Textured fabrics and velvets are prominent and lend balance to the metallic bronzes and marbles present on surfaces. Danish modern silhouettes take center stage on soft seating and are updated with rounded edges and surprising finishes, such as black metal frames. Faux wood and marble laminates continue to dominate surface textures and the modern industrial chic furnishings, like CORT's new brown Wentworth chair with a black swivel metal base, represent this trend toward rich brown colors mixed with hard black surfaces for a balanced design aesthetic.
To create a successful event program, start with inspiration that's relatable, find quality products with trusted vendors and know your audience. Blend your client's vision with these fresh design trends, and make the event feel custom with personalized finishes. Play up tech trends and color for events that are special, social and sharable in 2019.
Kevin Dana is director of marketing and product development at CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings. To learn more, visit www.cortevents.com
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