In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table as part of 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 as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. If you prefer a period look devoid of the often musty scent of period pieces, you can go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to give a fresh new look to 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 lately to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme will surely tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.