In fact, you don't even have to utilize a traditional table as part of your living room. If you love antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service with your living room as tables. If you want a period look without having the often musty odor of period pieces, you could go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to add 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 lately to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.