In fact, you don't even have to use 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 as part of your living room as tables. If you want a period look without having the often musty aroma of period pieces, you may go instead having 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 include a fresh new look to some 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 currently to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.