In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table as part of your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room area as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. You could go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look without having the often musty scent 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 a 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.