In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. If you love antiquing, you can get a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables. If you desire a period look devoid of the often musty scent of period pieces, you could go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. In spite of this, you can choose to put in 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 these days to find pieces that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can really tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.