In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room area as tables in the event you have a passion for antiquing. You could go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you prefer a period look without having the often musty smell 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 some 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 these days 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.