In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table within your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. You are able to go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look without having the often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to add a fresh new look to the 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 today to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.