In fact, you don't even have to use 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 family room as tables if you have a passion for antiquing. You may go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look minus 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 include a fresh new look to some 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 today 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.