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 steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your family room as tables in the event you have a passion for antiquing. If you desire a period look with no often musty aroma of period pieces, you could go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Having said that, you can choose to include a fresh new look to the stuffy looking living room area 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.