In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service as part of your living room as tables. If you need a period look without the often musty odor of period pieces, you could go instead with 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 give a fresh new look to your 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 nowadays 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.