In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table as part of 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 with no often musty smell of period pieces, you can go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to put a fresh new look to the stuffy looking living room area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy these days to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.