In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table within your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service as part of your living room as tables. You are able to go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look without the often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to your 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 are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.