In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table inside your living room. If you love antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. If you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty aroma of period pieces, you could go instead having 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 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can definitely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.