In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table within your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. You can go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you prefer a period look with no often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put a fresh new look to a stuffy looking living room 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 are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.