In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. If you desire a period look without having the often musty odor of period pieces, you are able to go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to a 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 suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.