In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table within 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 when you have a passion for antiquing. You are able to go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look minus the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to add a fresh new look to a stuffy looking living room 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.