In fact, you don't even have to employ 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 in case you have a passion for antiquing. You can go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you prefer a period look without having the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put a fresh new look into a 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 suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.