Weird and wonderful living rooms

Looking for unique living room design ideas? Be inspired by our favourite weird and wonderful living rooms in our photo gallery. See more decorating ideas at

There’s no reason why you can’t have a little fun when decorating – after all, your home is a place where you can unleash your imagination and create an interior that reflects your personality.

If you love the great outdoors, for example, it’s possible to bring a garden-room feel to your interior. Ever thought of using astro-turf as flooring? Team this with a white bench instead of a sofa, paint walls white, and add some silk ivy garlands and indoor plants such as ferns for a fresh, summery look.

A large mural or super-sized canvas painting is another way of creating a unique look. Choose a woodland mural to give your living room an ethereal quality and add luxe accessories, such as faux fur throws, to continue the woodland theme. Opt for an abstract watercolour canvas as a backdrop to a neutral sofa for maximum impact.

Get creative, with modern takes on traditional wooden furniture set against zesty backdrops – think white and lime green or chartreuse.

Use lighting to dramatic effect with a group of globe lanterns in unexpected colours such as deep blue – hang several together in different sizes for a striking look. Statement lighting can be used to great effect in rooms with high ceilings.

Always loved the spotlight? Why not add Hollywood glamour to your living room. Set the scene with a moody lilac and cream colour scheme and add sumptuous soft furnishings and eyecatching pieces such as a film-set style standard lamp.

And, if you have a beautiful period property, create a room perfect for a murder mystery weekend party with rich colours and dramatic lighting.

Be inspired by these eclectic decorating schemes and put together a truly unique living room design.

1/10 Garden-inspired living room

White and green living room with wooden bench

(Image credit: Future PLC/Adrian Briscoe)

Love the great outdoors? Bring it inside with an astro-turf carpet and creeping greenery. A garden bench doubles up as a sofa in this ultimate alfresco living room.

2/10 Optical illusion living room

Modern living room with woodland mural

(Image credit: Future PLC/Katya De Grunwald)

This dreamy living room allows you to wander into the woods courtesty of a full-sized wall mural. The snowy white rug and tree-like floor lamp add to the illusion of not knowing where the photograph ends and the room begins.

3/10 Supersized watercolour

Modern living room with large watercolour painting

(Image credit: Future PLC/Emma Lee)

When a conventional painting just won't do, supersize a canvas instead and cover an entire wall with it. This pastel canvas brings a new spin to traditional watercolour painting, creating an abstract statement.

4/10 Eccentric, zingy living room

Lime green and white living room with wooden chair

(Image credit: TBC)

We don't know exactly how to describe this chair but we know we like it. The same goes for the zingy lime / yellow / chartreuse wall colour. It's quirky and offbeat, but in a good way. Like an uber-cool hotel lounge.

5/10 Dramatic lighting

Neutral modern living room with globe lanterns

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

When one pendant light's just not enough...suspend a host of lanterns for an etherial, dramatic feel. Just mind your head when you stand up.

6/10 70s style living room

White living room with retro furniture and lighting

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jake Curtis)

The organic shaped lighting in this double height living room makes a bold statement which ties in perfectly with the 1970s style decor. Far out.

7/10 Sleek, contemporary living room

Modern blue living room with white leather sofas

(Image credit: TBC)

Floral chintz not really your thing? No one will doubt that when they walk into this uber contemporary living room. Sleek, chic and a little bit eerie, the X-ray images projected onto the walls make a striking statement.

8/10 Hollywood glamour

Glamorous lilac and cream living room

(Image credit: Future PLC/Emma Lee)

Calling all film buffs. The indigo and lilac colour palette creates a moody film-noir atmosphere in this living room whilst a striking floor lamp, covered screen and gramophone add an old-style Hollywood feel.

9/10 Quirky, eclectic living room

Modern deep blue living room with taxidermy

(Image credit: Future PLC/Matthew Williams)

Always wanted your own drinks trolley? And a stuffed goats head? That's what your own home is for - expressing your personality so don't hold back. We think the owner of this urban living room would throw great parties.

10/10 Mysterious Victorian living room

Traditional living room with large chandelier

(Image credit: Future PLC/Morten Holtum)

This living room ramps up the drama by playing on the heritage of a period property. Rich colours, dramatic lighting and a hint of intrigue make it the perfect room for a murder mystery party.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.