In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table in your living room. If you love antiquing, you can grab a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service as part of your living room as tables. If you desire a period look without having the often musty smell of period pieces, you may 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 a fresh new look to some 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 fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.