In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table as part of your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service with your living room as tables. If you prefer a period look with no often musty odor of period pieces, you are able to go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give a fresh new look into 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 these days 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.