In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table in your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. You may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look devoid of the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put a fresh new look to your 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 today to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.