In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. Should you prefer a period look minus the often musty odor of period pieces, you could go instead by 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 include 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 nowadays to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.