In fact, you don't even have to utilize a traditional table in your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. If you prefer a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces, you are able to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put in 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 actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.