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 pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service with your living room as tables. You are able to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look without the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to add a fresh new look into a 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.