In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table within 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 inside your living room as tables. If you need a period look without the often musty smell of period pieces, it is possible to go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to include a fresh new look to your 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 currently 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.