Top 2016 interior design trends by Chicago Luxury Designers at Soucie Horner, Ltd.


Although our feet are firmly entrenched in the new year, our design team reflects on the abundant year of projects that have had both personal and professional significance in their lives. While our design philosophy is not based on trends, we nevertheless see the comings and goings of particular movements. Some of which we would like to see stay and some of those we’d like to bid adieu. We sat down with part of our team as they shared their thoughts of last year.


“This was my first project I was able to really get involved in while working for Soucie Horner! I will always sentimentally hold that room in my heart. It was warm, evocative and romantic. I couldn’t have been happier working on the project.” — Jackson / Design Assistant

“My favorite project was the DreamHome room for making me realize the earth tones I grew up with are still valid.” — Mara / Communications Director



“I think the amenities floor perfectly embodies the lux comfortability of our residential aesthetic while meeting the functionality and durability needs of a commercial space. The owner’s own art such as his set of Salvador Dali sketches used on this floor is ridiculously cool.” — Chelsea / Associate Designer


FAVORITE PROJECTS: Client’s Living Room

“It was the first project that I have worked on where I made all of the furnishing selections. I found the large photograph of “Olympia” on Saatchi art which I’m particularly fond of.” — Liz / Studio Leader



“The room was wonderfully cozy and had a great view of the lake. There is a lot of texture and warmth to it. I could spend all day in that room had I lived there. Silvery grasscloth wallcovering, slate chenille sofa, the woven ottoman all sitting on the all-wool SHIIR Indo Tess created a cozy, inviting feeling.” — Karleen / Senior Designer

FAVORITE TRENDS: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz

“I’m looking forward to more clients embracing color, whether dark or bright.” — Chelsea / Associate Designer


Paris Grande Water by Mosaique Surface


Lindsey Adelman Lighting


A Soucie Horner designed space


“I like the brass lighting that keeps getting introduced.”— Liz / Studio Leader


“Since brass is back, I really enjoy seeing the mix of metals in interiors!”— Karleen / Senior Designer


“My favorite 2016 trend was the reinterpretation of 80s florals in big, bold, graphic scale.” — Mara / Communications Director



Many of these trends are still relevant and can be beautifully implemented into a home, but perhaps it’s time to lay it to rest for a bit and resurrect them for another time.

Mason Jars

Mara / Communications Director

“Though I confess to a sizeable collection of vintage blue examples, I do think Mason jars have probably had their 15 minutes of fame.”

Grey on Grey

Liz / Studio Leader

“Kill the grey on grey on grey patina look.”

Chalkboard Paint

Chelsea / Associate Designer

“Chalkboard paint on everything…”



Karleen / Senior Designer

“There is an architecture space and style appropriate for shiplap. However, I am seeing it pop up in every suburban home now, even if their cookie-cutter style house has no architectural reference to it.”

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Senior Designer and Functional Lead

Karleen’s list of passions is long, ranging from yoga, art, and food to photography, marathon training, and clothes. “I like variety,” she says. Still, she’s fiercely dedicated, especially to design. “I’ve been in this business for twelve years. Interiors are my outlet for my creativity.”

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