CORT Events Shares Top Event Décor Design Trends for 2019

CHANTILLY, Va. (January 10, 2019) – CORT Events, the nation’s leading furniture, lighting and accessories rental company, announces the top event and meeting furnishings design trends for planning a successful program in 2019. This year, event and design trends include personalization, textured accents, mixed metals and wireless technology. Color and pattern trends include blue hues in seating, complemented by warm brown tones and vibrant metallics, as well as nature-inspired motifs.

Event Décor

Perhaps the most important trend for 2019 event décor is ‘personalization’, for a unique and one-of-a-kind event experience. “Every event we design and produce includes an element of personalization,” says Jordan Carbotti, creative director at Perfect Surroundings, Intl.  “Whether it’s a graphic on a bar or a customized ottoman cover or pillow, our clients want décor that reflects their design 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.


Event décor and designs continue to reflect a sense of luxury and glamour. 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 black swivel metal base, represent this trend toward rich brown colors mixed with hard black surfaces for a balanced design aesthetic. “Mixing black metals with wood and brown pieces is a fresh take on the rustic trends of the past few years,” says Kevin Dana, executive director or marketing and merchandising for CORT Events. “Mix in marble, velvet, and bronze metallic furnishings for an eclectic design that references, Art Deco, Danish Modern and rustic trends.”

For an elevated look that won’t overwhelm any aesthetic, add faux fur. “Long Mohair and Mongolian faux fur accents are a fabulous way to dress up your designs this year. They look fabulous and elevate the design toward chic luxury,” says America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru, Steve Kemble. “CORT’s new Mongolian Fur pillows are a perfect way to infuse your design with this look.”


Wireless charging is beginning to manifest in event furnishings. CORT’s new Wireless Charging Cube is an easy way to offer wireless using the Qi system for Androids and Apple products. The table features a wireless charging pad where guests simply place their device on top and it charges automatically, allowing them to network or engage with other guests at the same time. The white accent table can be styled into any modern design and incorporates AC, USB or wireless charging capabilities into the furniture design.

Color and Pattern

Gray is the dominant neutral for fabric in seating, but blues are growing in prominence. CORT Events’ Kevin Dana says, “Blues are the color story trend for soft seating this year. Blues work 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.  These are colors that bring life and vitality to designs, but still convey a sense of calm.”

Pantone’s color of the year, Living Coral, represents vibrant, life-affirming qualities, but also a softer placid undertone. This shade is a great compliment to the tropical modern motifs that are popular 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 will provide chic yet playful compliment to Palm Beach Modern event designs.

To learn more about these trends or CORT’s exhibit and event rental collections, visit

About CORT Events

CORT Events is the leading nationwide provider of rental furnishings for the exhibit and events industry. From high-profile special events to corporate meetings to weddings, CORT provides the rental furnishings that make exhibitions and events possible. CORT also provides rental furniture to the majority of trade shows and conferences in the nation, including shows and events in Canada.  For more information, visit

About CORT

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the nation’s leading provider of transition services, helping millions of individuals and more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies as they live, work and celebrate. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and partners in more than 70 countries, no other furniture rental company can match CORT’s breadth of services and companywide commitment to providing excellent customer service. For more information, please visit

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