In fact, you don't even have to make use of a traditional table with your living room. If you love antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. You are able to go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look without the often musty scent of period pieces. 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 currently 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.