Antiques aren’t going anywhere, but in 2018, comfort comes first.

Amy Neunsinger

As the idea of formal rooms has gone out the window—people want to live in every inch of the home—so has the notion of stiff, fussy, or otherwise unwelcoming furniture. “Sofas have to be comfortable for TV watching and fashionable for entertaining,” says Zack Taylor, president of Wesley Hall. He sees sofas becoming roomier and using softer tufting techniques. They’re also getting sleeker, with the customary turned legs traded for straight or tapered ones. “Southerners are devoted to history, but we’re starting to notice a shift where design aesthetics are cleaner and more edited in style—not modern contemporary or minimal but sleeker overall,” notes Holly Blalock, vice president of CR Laine. “Lines are more trimmed down. Functionality is also a focus, such as armchairs that swivel so they can face various parts of an open-concept living space. Meanwhile, antiques are also getting a modern makeover. Lance Jackson, cofounder of Parker Kennedy Living says, “We are seeing classic designs being used in some updated ways—like an antique carved French console painted chalky white, for example. Southerners still want pretty and traditional but with a fresh approach."

In the room above, designer Mark D. Sikes updated the classic reading nook with a sleek chaise and geometric garden stool. In need of a comfortable piece of furniture with classic lines? Here are a few of our favorites the combine traditional and comfort without sacrificing style.

1804 Darby Settee in Lulu Blush

CR Laine

Get It: crlaine.com

Uptown Ottoman in Blossom Twill

Society Social

Get It: from $440; shopsocietysocial.com

Marcello Counter Bench

Ballard Designs

Get It: from $649; ballarddesigns.com