In fact, you don't even have to utilize a traditional table in 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 if you have a passion for antiquing. If you need a period look without the often musty smell of period pieces, you may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to put a fresh new look to 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 nowadays to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.