In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table as part of your living room. If you have a passion for antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service inside your living room as tables. If you want a period look with no often musty scent of period pieces, you could go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to include a fresh new look to your 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 nowadays to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.