In fact, you don't even have to utilize a traditional table in your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family room as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. If you need a period look devoid of the often musty aroma of period pieces, you may 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 these days to find pieces that suit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.