In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table in your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. If you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty scent of period pieces, you can go instead 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 put a fresh new look to your 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 today to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.