In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family area as tables in the event you have a passion for antiquing. If you prefer a period look minus the often musty scent 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. With that being said, you can choose to add a fresh new look into a 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 currently to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.