In fact, you don't even have to make use of a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room area as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. If you need a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces, you may 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 put in 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.