In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table with your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. Should you prefer a period look minus the often musty scent of period pieces, you can go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to 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 currently to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.