In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table inside your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. You can go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look devoid of the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to add a fresh new look to 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 nowadays to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.