In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table in your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family room as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. It is possible to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look devoid of the often musty smell 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 to some stuffy looking family area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy today 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.