In fact, you don't even have to use 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 can go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look without the often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to include 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.