In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table inside 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 as part of your living room as tables. You may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give 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 nowadays to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.