In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. If you need a period look with no often musty aroma of period pieces, you may go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. In spite of this, you can choose to include a fresh new look into a 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 today 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.