In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table in your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. You may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look without having the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to add 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 currently 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.