In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table in 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 within your living room as tables. If you need a period look without having the often musty scent of period pieces, it is possible to go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put a fresh new look into a 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 nowadays to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.