In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service with your living room as tables. It is possible to go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look devoid of the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put a fresh new look into a 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 lately to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.