In fact, you don't even have to work with 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 if you have a passion for antiquing. If you desire a period look without the often musty smell of period pieces, it is possible to go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give a fresh new look to some stuffy looking living area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy lately 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.