In fact, you don't even have to make use of a traditional table as part of your living room. If you love antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service with your living room as tables. You may go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look devoid of the often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to include a fresh new look into a 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 that fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.