Having second thoughts about raised hearth fireplace
My MIL told me she thought raised hearths were a thing of the 80s. She is the absolute last person I should listen to about home design advice, but of course now that she said it I can't stop wondering if I'm making a mistake. I grew up in a house built in the 70s with a raised hearth and I loved sitting on the hearth in front of a warm fire. When the builder asked what we wanted, I didn't even think about it and said raised hearth. We are not hanging our tv above the fireplace; we saved some wall space specifically for our tv. We do have young kids now who I will worry about for a few years, but we plan on living in this house for decades so i don't want to base this decision off of a couple of years in the beginning.
Here's our family room floor plan. On both sides of the fireplace we will have built in storage bench seating. The longer wall segment on the right side of this photo/drawing is where we will be putting a tv. (We wanted to be able to see the tv from the kitchen which is the space on the left side of the family room.) We plan on putting an L-shaped sectional in the room. Our goal is to create a casual cottage/farmhouse style feel in our house.
So please give me some opinions. Are raised hearths outdated? Do you think our space will feel too small with a raised hearth? Will it be too rustic looking? (No antlers hanging above the mantel! lol!) TIA for your thoughts. :)