In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living area as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. You can go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look minus the often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to some 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 today to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.