In fact, you don't even have to employ a traditional table within your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pick-up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. It is possible to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look minus 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 give a fresh new look to some 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 really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.