In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table as part of your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service with your living room as tables. You are able to go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look devoid of 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 give 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 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.