In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table within your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. You could go instead having a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you need a period look devoid of the often musty aroma of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to put a fresh new look to your stuffy looking family room by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy lately to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.