Most living rooms have the same functional features. The features serve a purpose. The furniture is there for comfortable seating, no matter the decor style. However, repurposing and re-using furnishings in unexpected ways creates an element of surprise, making it interesting and unique.
Try using an old wooden stool as a night stand, or a picnic bench as a coffee table. Shop the antique stores for that one-of-a-kind item. In my house I have my father’s 1930s safe that doubles as an end table. It’s quite the conversation starter.
In addition to creating conversation, the element of surprise is a great way to make your room memorable.