In fact, you don't even have to utilize 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 living area as tables in case you have a passion for antiquing. Should you prefer a period look without having the often musty odor of period pieces, you may 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 add a fresh new look to your stuffy looking family 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.