In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table as part of your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. You may go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look without the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to add a fresh new look to a stuffy looking family 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 that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.