In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table as part of your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. You can go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you prefer a period look with no often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put in 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 lately 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.