In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table in your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. You may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to give 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 nowadays to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.