In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table as part of your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family room as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. It is possible to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look minus the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, 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 lately to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.