In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service as part of your living room as tables. You may go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look with no often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to include a fresh new look to the 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.