In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table as part of your living room. If you love antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. If you desire a period look devoid of the often musty smell of period pieces, you could go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give a fresh new look to the 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.