In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table in your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. You can go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look without having 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 put in a fresh new look to a 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 nowadays to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.