In fact, you don't even have to make use of a traditional table in your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. You could go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you prefer a period look without having the often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to add a fresh new look to the 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 suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.