In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table in 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. You may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look without having the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to your 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 these days 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.