In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room area as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. Should you prefer a period look without having the often musty smell of period pieces, you may go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to include a fresh new look to the stuffy looking living room 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 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.