In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table in your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family room as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. You could go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look without the often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to add a fresh new look to some 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 today 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.