In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table with your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room area as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. If you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty scent of period pieces, you may go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. In spite of this, you can choose to add a fresh new look to your stuffy looking living room 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 can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.