In fact, you don't even have to make use of a traditional table within your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living area as tables in case you have a passion for antiquing. If you need a period look without having the often musty smell of period pieces, you could go instead which has 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 in a fresh new look to some 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 nowadays to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.