In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table with your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room area as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. You may go instead by using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you prefer a period look minus the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to some 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 these days 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.