In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within 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 when you have a passion for antiquing. If you want a period look without the often musty scent of period pieces, you are able to go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to include a fresh new look to your 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.