In fact, you don't even have to employ 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 in case 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 the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. In spite of this, you can choose to give 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 currently to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.