Top 10 trends for 2016: #1 Panel systems

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 in Events, News, nSights
Top 10 trends for 2016: #1 Panel systems

At Nichols, we are ready to help you capitalize on the top design trends of 2016 to create a captivating trade show exhibit. This series of posts examines the trends from EXHIBITORLIVE 2016, and gives you tips to make use of them in your next exhibit.


Versatile, easy-to-use panel systems have matured to a level where they are hard to distinguish from a custom exhibit, so it’s no wonder this cost effective option is among the top trends for another year.


There are many exciting ways panel systems can make your booth a real standout:

  • With both straight and curved aluminum frame panels that easily connect and stack, you can incorporate soft flowing curves or clean linear edges into your exhibit.

  • The same panels can create walls, cantilevered canopies, counters, storage closets, or rigged hanging signs.

  • Steel supports at critical junctures allow the system to remain lightweight and sag-free.

  • Panels can be covered in towering full-color graphics or seamless SEG (silicone edge graphic) fabric skins that cross multiple frames for a beautiful, cohesive look.

  • Cool metallic finishes, warm wood grain veneers, laminate, glass, brick and stone paneling can all be used as panel infills to
    reflect your style.

  • Lightbox integration is a snap, and panel systems support a wide range of accessories such as shelving, monitor mounts,
    electronic door locks and more that disappear into the frame or are completely hidden under the skins.

  • Innovative system elements allow you to construct a raised booth floor with both lower construction and operating costs.

  • Panel systems are a great solution to make event setup easy. The pictured 26’ x 16’ backwall (center photo) took one hour to set up with just three people and only two ladders!

When you want an elegant booth with exceptional beauty that rivals a custom exhibit, but want to keep your costs low and your booth set up easy, talk to us about using an exhibit system! To find out more about how you can create an elegant booth design with panel systems, contact us at

With you, every step of the way.

Team Nichols

Coming soon: Download our eBook with all 10 key trends from EXHIBITORLIVE 2016!
Past issues are also available for inspiration here.