Interesting contrasts between bulk and open space made this comfortable 1960s living room seem bigger than its 20×18 feet.
Built in a style that was super popular at the time, the midcentury stone fireplace didn’t appear overpowering, thanks to the lofty ceiling and extensive glass areas above it and on the sides.
Created with large blocks of well-fitted stone, the fireplace wall was fully 20 feet long, and was 20 feet high at its apex, where the chimney breast met the top of the peaked ceiling. The hearth was paved with nearly black slate tile — the same material used for the flooring in the entry hallway nearby.
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The room also seemed larger because the ceiling and redwood paneling continued outside, past the window, but the fact that it was outdoors wasn’t immediately obvious.
Soft wall-to-wall carpeting, in a neutral beige color that blended well with the stone, covered the whole floor in this living room.
The sofa, with a simple abstract pattern in browns, oranges and yellows — the color of fall leaves — sat quietly to one side of the space.
A large square coffee table near the center of the room was made of a dark wood that matched other surfaces in this room, and had interesting ladder-like side supports.