In fact, you don't even have to employ 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. You can go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look without having the often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to put a fresh new look to some 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 today to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.