In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table with your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. It is possible to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look devoid of the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to add a fresh new look to the stuffy looking living area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy these days to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.