In fact, you don't even have to utilize a traditional table with your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. You could go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look without the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to put a fresh new look into a 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 currently to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.