In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. If you want a period look without having the often musty scent of period pieces, it is possible to 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 put 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 currently to find pieces that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.