In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table within your living room. If you love antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service as part of your living room as tables. If you desire a period look minus the often musty odor of period pieces, you could go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to include a fresh new look to the 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 definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.