In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table as part of 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. It is possible to go instead which has a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases should you prefer a period look without the often musty scent of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, 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 lately 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.