In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table in your living room. You can pick up a period of time 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 want a period look minus the often musty aroma of period pieces, you could 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 a fresh new look to some stuffy looking living area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy today to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.