In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table as part of your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service as part of your living room as tables. You could go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want 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 put a fresh new look to your 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.