In fact, you don't even have to use 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 within your living room as tables. You could go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to your 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 are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.