In fact, you don't even have to utilize 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 living room area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. You may go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look without having the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put a fresh new look to the 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 will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.