In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table in your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. If you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty aroma of period pieces, you may go instead which has 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 put 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 currently to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.