In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table in 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 area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. You may go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look devoid of the often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to put in a fresh new look into a 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 nowadays to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.