In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table in your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. If you need a period look with no often musty smell of period pieces, you could go instead using 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 a fresh new look to the 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.