In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table in 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. You may go instead with a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you desire a period look with no often musty smell of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. With that being said, you can choose to put in a fresh new look to a 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 which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme can actually tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.