What’s Hot in Event Decor for 2018?

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Donut walls are far from passé as a focal point (Omni Hotels).

We took the pulse of the experts to identify the top trends that will shape the look of special events in 2018.

Tap into these latest trends for your event decor, among them:

Juxtaposition of rustic and industrial

According to the Chairville blog, in 2018 rustic style is going to be combined with industrial spaces to create a new, more modern feel for events. Try booking events in old warehouses, mix up modern chairs and barnyard tables, and don’t be afraid to combine metallics with greenery or wood and metal finishes.

Gold is in

Forget creamy pastels. Special Events magazine says 2018 color trends harken back to the warm ‘70s and bold ‘80s through statement hues and metallic tones, with gold as the primary metal, as well as harvest gold yellow and amber lighting. The leading color authority—Pantone—also says that golds, metals and warm tones will lead the way in 2018.

Splashy florals

The Event Manager blog sees a turn toward oversized floral prints and gorgeous embellished sheers, as they described it: “Monet and his Water Lilies with a hint of whimsy from Van Gogh.” Large-scale floral prints in every color imaginable lead the way in 2018, whether on your tables or splashed across a wall or dance floor with gobos.

Donut walls

Part F&B, part event decor, the donut wall is far from a thing of the past. It’s just too cool, too much fun and far too delicious to stop now.

Take it outside

Using nature as decor will only increase in 2018, according to Eventbrite. Venues are enhancing their outdoor spaces by introducing Wi-Fi and investing in unique sculptures, outdoor dining areas, even kitchen gardens.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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