In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table as part of your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. It is possible to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look minus the often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to include a fresh new look to a stuffy looking living room area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy these days to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.