In fact, you don't even have to use a traditional table inside your living room. If you love antiquing, you can pickup a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service within your living room as tables. Should you prefer a period look minus the often musty scent of period pieces, you can go instead with 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 add a fresh new look to the 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 that are great for nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.