In fact, you don't even have to work with 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 living room area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. Should you prefer a period look without having the often musty smell 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. In spite of this, you can choose to include a fresh new look to the stuffy looking family room by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy these days to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.