In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table within your living room. If you love antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. You may go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look without the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give 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 today to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.