In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table in your living room. If you love antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. If you prefer a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces, you may go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.