In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table within your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. You can go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look minus the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to give a fresh new look to some stuffy looking living area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy these days to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.