The 12 Best Plants To Grow In Your Living Room

Here are the best houseplants to cozy up your living room.

It’s amazing how much better any room looks (and feels!) with greenery. Like kitchen plants and bedroom plants, adding plants to your living room décor can refresh and update a space. Even one or two small tabletop plants or a large plant in the corner can make your living room feel more cozy and welcoming in an instant.

But before you go plant shopping, look around and determine what kind of light your room gets. Many houseplants prefer bright, indirect light. Most also don’t like to be in direct sunlight because they’ll get sunburned. For west or south-facing windows, use a sheer curtain to shield your plant from direct afternoon sun, especially in summer. If you have a dark room, invest in an LED grow light.

Philodendron brasil plants
GETTY IMAGES / KRISTINA STRASUNSKE

If you’re a new plant parent, be careful not to overwater. Most houseplants prefer to dry out a little in between waterings. To tell if your plant is ready for a drink, poke your finger into the soil. If soil sticks to it, your plant doesn’t need watered yet. Wait another day and try again. In general, plants do better staying on the too-dry side than on the too-wet side.

Ahead, our favorite houseplants for your living room:

01
of 12

Snake Plant

Snake Plants
GETTY IMAGES / INNA LUZAN
  • Botanical name: Dracaena trifasciata, previously Sansevieria trifasciata
  • Light: Low to moderate light
  • Water: Water every few weeks when top few inches of soil feels dry

Snake plant is a great choice for low-light living rooms. It hardly ever needs watered, and it is available in many unique varieties including leaves that are flat and sword-like and those with a more cylindrical spike-like appearance.

02
of 12

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos Plant
GETTY IMAGES / ROBI_J
  • Botanical name: Epipremnum aureum
  • Light: Medium to bright, indirect light but can adapt to low light levels
  • Water: Water when top inch or two of soil feels dry; does not tolerate soggy soils

This common pothos is super-easy to grow, especially because it’s tolerant if you’re forgetful about watering. It also tolerates a range of light levels, so it can adapt to low-light spaces. Its glossy leaves and vining form are pretty draping over the edges of end tables and bookshelves.

03
of 12

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise Plant
GETTY IMAGES / KSENIYA OVCHINNIKOVA
  • Botanical name: Strelitzia
  • Light: Bright, indirect
  • Water: Water when soil is mostly dry

You may know this as a landscape plant that grows in USDA zones 10 and warmer. But it’s actually a handsome indoor plant that offers drama with its huge leaves and bold size; it can reach 10 feet tall indoors. Outdoors, it has white or orange flowers that resemble tropical birds, but it rarely blooms indoors.

04
of 12

Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree
GETTY IMAGES /
  • Botanical name: Ficus elastica
  • Light: Moderate to bright indirect light
  • Water: Water when soil is mostly dry, every one to two weeks

With green, bronze, or variegated leaves, the glossy foliage of rubber tree looks good in any room. It can get leggy in time, so rotate it every few weeks for more even growth and prune lightly to maintain its shape (wear gardening gloves to keep the sap off your fingers).

05
of 12

Aglaonema

Aglaonema
GETTY IMAGES
  • Botanical nameAglaonema spp.
  • Light: Low, medium, or bright indirect light
  • Water: Water when top few inches of soil feels dry; tolerates weeks without watering

Aglaonema is an outstanding plant for adding color without a lot of fuss. It has attractive, long, flat leaves with silvery streaks or pink swaths, which add color to dark corners of your living room. It’s very forgiving if you forget to water.

06
of 12

Dragon Tree

Dracanea marginata
GETTY IMAGES / JANZWOLINSKI
  • Botanical name: Dracaena marginata
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water when the first few inches of soil feels dry

With long, strappy red and green variegated leaves atop a trunk or braided stem, this plant adds style to any living room. It’s a low-maintenance plant with a unique silhouette that works well in corners.

07
of 12

Philodendron ‘Brasil’

Philodendron brasil plants
GETTY IMAGES / KRISTINA STRASUNSKE
  • Botanical name: Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’
  • Light: Bright indirect light but will tolerate low light
  • Water: Water when the first few inches of soil feels dry

This variegated form of heartleaf philodendron is easy to grow. It has dark green leaves with pretty chartreuse centers and looks amazing dangling over the edges of a shelf or end table.

08
of 12

Fittonia

Fittonia
GETTY IMAGES / ANASTASIA BABKINA
  • Botanical name: Fittonia spp.
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep this plant slightly moist; will wilt if it dries out

Oval leaves with prominent veins of white, red, pink or green make this a colorful addition to the coffee table. Fittonia stays petite, reaching just six inches tall and spreading about a foot wide, so it’s ideal for small spaces. Because it prefers light, consistent moisture, it’s a good choice for terrariums.

09
of 12

Philodendron ‘Moonlight’

Philodendron ‘Moonlight’
GETTY IMAGES
  • Botanical name: Philodendron ‘Moonlight’
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water when top inch or two of soil feels dry

This philodendron has gorgeous new growth that starts out lemon-lime color before turning dark green. It doesn’t climb or trail but instead has more of a clumping form. It’s a fast grower in bright light.

10
of 12

Peperomia

Peperomia
GETTY IMAGES / WINDAH SRI
  • Botanical name: Peperomia spp.
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water when the soil feels mostly dry

Peperomia comes in many varieties with puckered, heart-shaped, or textured leaves. They all look very different from each other, but they’re also all easy-care plants that prefer to stay on the dry side. They’re slow growers so they stay small at 6 to 12 inches tall and wide and fit nicely on a living room end table.

11
of 12

Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa
GETTY IMAGES / CATHERINE FALLS COMMERCIAL
  • Botanical name: Monstera deliciosa
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water when top inch or two of soil feels dry

This popular houseplant has personality plus! It’s also called Swiss cheese plant, although a few different types of Monstera go by this name. Its long-lobed leaves develop elongated holes, or fenestrations, as the plant matures. It’s a fast grower when it receives ample light.

12
of 12

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine
GETTY IMAGES / BGWALKER
  • Botanical name: Araucaria heterophylla
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep soil slightly moist

Norfolk Island pines has soft needles and live a long time if you give them bright light. Rotate the pot regularly so that it grows more evenly. If the light is too dim, your tree will drop its lower branches, which will not regrow.

Related Posts

Advice For Developing Vibrant Color Lilies, or Calla Lilies

Although not considered true lilies, the calla lily (Zantedeschia sp.) is an extraordinary flower. This beautiful plant, available in a multitude of colors, grows from rhizomes and is ideal for use in beds and borders. You can also grow …

How to use pots to enhance the attractiveness of your garden

If you’re looking for another way to update your flower beds, try this great spilled flower pot idea. There are tons of beautiful ways to use broken flower pots or simply use brand new ones to create this look. The flowing flowers can …

Flowers That Echo the Majesty of Birds

Have you eveг eпcouпteгed a floweг that looked so much like a biгd that you did a double take? If пot, you’гe iп foг a tгeat! Aгouпd the woгld, you caп fiпd a fasciпatiпg aггay of floweгs that have evolved to гesemble ouг featheгed fгieпds. …

Taking care of and cultivating white succulents

Growing and caring for white succulents Succulents fall into many different genera and come from many parts of the world. What unites them is their ability to withstand long periods without water. Many succulents are native to dry, arid …

Incredible Garden Planter Ideas Using Tree Stump

One of the quickest ways to create an eyesore in your yard is to cut down a tree. Although no one really wants to cut down trees, sometimes it is a necessity. What you are left with is a tree stump, which can be costly to remove. An …

Wonderful types of flowers to plant this year

Summer may be over, but don’t put those flower vases away just yet. With the arrival of fall and colder weather comes beautiful, varied floral varieties and backyard foliage like sunny goldenrod, jewel-toned dahlias, seasonal seeds pods …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *