In fact, you don't even have to utilize 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. It is possible to go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look minus the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to include a fresh new look to the stuffy looking living room 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.