In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table with your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living area as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. Should you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty odor of period pieces, you are able to go instead 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 in a fresh new look to some 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 nowadays to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.