In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table with your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. You could go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if 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 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 currently to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.