In fact, you don't even have to utilize a traditional table within your living room. You can pick up a period of time steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family area as tables when you have a passion for antiquing. Should you prefer a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces, you can go instead by using 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 put in a fresh new look to a 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 nowadays to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.