In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. If you want a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces, you could go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to give a fresh new look to the 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 today to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.