When Summer turns to Fall and it's time to have a fire the fireplace, I like to move our furniture around to focus our attention on it.
During the Spring and Summer, we go in and out of our back screened porch which leads right into the sitting area off of our kitchen (where the fireplace is). I like to keep that area pretty clear, so I put down an indoor/outdoor rug and two of our rattan chairs from Pier One. I covered my dark ottoman with upcycled fabric to lighten things up too.
When Fall comes around, I move our upholstered chairs in front of the fireplace where Hubs and I enjoy Winter evenings in front of the fire. I put down our dark red wool rugs and add soft pillows and throws.
This furniture is really easy to move (I can do it by myself) and it makes our home function better during different times of the year. Our home is rather small but changing the furniture around gives us a different look and keeps things from getting boring. I almost feel like we get a new room every 6 months.
P.S. The chair and ottoman were my first attempts at upholstering and I told Hubs I'd never do it again!