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 area as tables in case you have a passion for antiquing. You may go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look minus the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give a fresh new look into 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 these days 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.