In fact, you don't even have to make use of a traditional table with your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family area as tables in the event you have a passion for antiquing. If you prefer a period look without the often musty smell of period pieces, it is possible to 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 put in a fresh new look into a 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 are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.