In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. If you want a period look minus the often musty smell of period pieces, you may go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. That said, you can choose to put 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 lately 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.