In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table with your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. You are able to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look minus the often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to add 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 nowadays to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.