In fact, you don't even have to employ 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 area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. If you need a period look with no often musty aroma of period pieces, you could go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to include a fresh new look to 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 currently to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.