Looking to brighten up your living room? Plants have the wonderful ability to breathe life into whatever environment they are placed into. If you feel like your living room needs a bit more colour, a few living room plants are the ideal solution.
We understand that it might be difficult to pick out a few plants from the thousands out there, so we made this list just for you. Our very own guide on indoor plants for living room!
Flowers or foliage?
Flowers are temporary, foliage is forever! Jokes aside, we believe a healthy balance of both foliage and flowers is necessary for the best effect. An aesthetic living room needs a healthy balance of colours. For flowers, we suggest going with perennial flowers as they bloom all year long. Our collection of indoor plants for living rooms is blessed with all of these and we’d love for you to see it for yourself!
Areca Palms are a tropical speciality and make great indoor plants for living rooms. They love the sun! If you have any sunny spots in your house that need filling up, an Areca Palm would be a wonderful choice. The slim stems and foliage of the Areca Palm look gorgeous in a jute basket. This makes them excellent living room plants.
Even though they are also grown outdoors, we believe Arecas belong indoors. It’s considerably easier to take care of an Areca Plant indoors when compared to outdoors. The bright green leaves of the Areca love a good mist every few days. Keep the soil lightly moist to keep the Areca happy and rustling.
The Areca Palm is grown for its foliage, therefore it is best to pair it with a floral partner. The breezy plant grows up to 6 feet on average, making it best for large living rooms with ample space. We recommend a blend basket or a jute pot for the best effect!
Sound fancy? Well, it looks as fancy as it sounds! The Golden Pothos is a member of the pothos family and is one of the greatest choices when it comes to indoor plants for living rooms. Have some lonely shelves in your living room? Fill it up with a Pothos plant and it’ll give it a new look. We recommend cascading the plant down for the best effect.
Pothos plants are very easy to care for. They aren’t needy and tolerate a wide variety of environments. You can easily grow these living room plants in the lonely pockets of your living room as they don’t need a lot of sunlight to survive. If the plant starts to lose its golden hue, move it to an area with a bit more light. The Golden Pothos prefers dry soil, therefore it doesn’t need frequent waterings.
The bright foliage of the Golden Pothos is best paired with darker plants. We’d love to recommend the Rubber Tree. The golden leaves of the Pothos are more pronounced when it’s paired with the dark leaves of this plant.
At a first glance, the ZZ Plant looks fake. The thick glossy leaves of the ZZ Plant will leave anyone transfixed with curiosity. If you are a minimalist, then you are going to love the subtleness of the ZZ Plant. They are great indoor plants for living rooms with a more minimalistic style - the perfect way to spruce up your living room plant decor!
The ZZ Plant is a tough plant. We love how the it adapts to its living conditions. The plant thrives in both indirect and low light. However, you do need to switch its watering schedules according to the amount of light that falls upon it. If there is lots of light, water it more. If it's primarily in shade, water it less.
Since the leaves of the plant are its main attraction, we recommend placing it in a whitish container. A light coloured container will highlight the bright green foliage of the ZZ Plant.
Do you feel as if your living room has too much light in it? The rubber plant is one of our favourite indoor plants for living room decor. The darker tones of the Rubber Plant look enchanting against a lighter background.
Even though the Rubber Plant is from the tropics, it will thrive in most environments as long as you provide it with sufficient light. However, the milky sap of this living room plant is not safe for pets, so take precautions. The sap that oozes out when its bark is damaged is what you need to watch out for. Even though the plant grows up to 100ft in the wild, it ‘only’ reaches a height of 6ft indoors. This makes the Rubber Plant a fantastic commitment.
The Rubber Plant loves the sun, but younger saplings are prone to burning. Therefore, place your plant in indirect sunlight for best results. When picking indoor plants for living rooms, balance is key. We recommend pairing the Rubber Plant with a fiddle leaf fig for the optimum effect.
The Kentia palm is from the Norfolk Islands where it grows in abundance. This plant loves space to spread its leaves gracefully. When picking indoor plants for living room, we believe the Kentia palm is best suited for larger sized rooms. The airy leaves of the Kentia look charming when they aren’t packed together.
Caring for the Kentia palm depends on your geography. If you live in a humid area with lots of sunlight, then it’ll pose no trouble. However, if there is low humidity, you will need to spray the leaves down with water at least once a day. Place your Kentia Palm in a sunny spot and it will be as happy as can be.
The Dracaena is very popular in the world of living room plant decor. Its vivid colours and exotic structure are the plant's main attraction. Most Dracaena varieties have a single strain of colours in their foliage. However, our choice, the bi-colour Dracaena, has a few more shades to give it that extra spark that we all love - it’s one of the more unusual indoor plants for living rooms.
The leaves of the bi-colour Dracaena are deep green with shades of red. The yellow, emerald and ivory pinstriped boosts the beauty of the plant even further. Even though the Dracaena looks wonderful in any living room, it’s best suited for lighter themes. A lighter background will help the colours of the Dracaena pop!
Taking care of the Dracaena is very easy. Place the plant in indirect sunlight. It can tolerate low light conditions, but we advise against it. Only water the soil when the top two inches feel dry, as the plant is very sensitive to overwatering.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The fiddle leaf fig was one of the pioneers in living room plant decor. It is hugely popular when it comes to indoor plants for living room decor. Even though the indoor Fig Plant will not yield any fruits, it will still look glorious as it stands. Its bright green leaves have a unique paddle shape which you won’t find on any other plant.
A Fiddle Leaf Fig will bring a sense of elegance into your living room. If you live in a modern house with a minimalistic style, the fiddle leaf fig will be an excellent choice. The sub-tropical plant likes both its light and moisture in moderation. Take care not to overwater and you will soon have the fig plant spreading calmness to all four corners of your living room.
If you are a minimalist on the hunt for indoor plants for living room, the snake plant hits right home! The fleshy leaves of the snake plant look so perfect that many will believe it is artificial at the first glance. The snake plant, also called the Mother-in-Law's Tongue, will make itself at home on any shelf or tabletop.
The snake plant is hardy and can survive in all kinds of environments. If you forget to water it, the plant will grit itself up and live without falling over. But we always advise our readers to take good care of their plants. A happy plant is the best plant! Under proper care, the waxy green leaves adorned with yellow edges are a sight to behold.
If you love flowers, then the Anthurium will bring a smile to your face! Anthuriums are often referred to as Flamingo flowers. They are loved by both gardeners and florists alike. Adding an Anthurium into your collection of living room plants will instantly lift the moody spirit from a room.
The big flowers of the Anthurium come in many different shades. Our favourite is the Zizou variant - the pink flowers look gorgeous when in bloom. Guess what? Anthurium blooms last for months!
Anthuriums don’t pose a hassle for their owners. They do, however, require organic potting soil due to its tropical adaptations. When it comes to indoor plants for living room, the Anthurium is one of the simplest options out there for floral lovers. Prop it in a jute basket and watch it breathe life into your living room!
Moth Orchid/Lady Blanche
Florists love the moth orchid! Its flowers are often said to resemble a beautiful colony of white butterflies. The graceful stems of the Moth Orchid bear dense groupings of white flowers that look heavenly on a sunny morning! One of the best indoor plants for living rooms!
When it comes to living room plant decor, the ideal place for the Moth Orchid is a tabletop. Place your Moth Orchid in a small black carbon pot for the best effect! The contrast will further beautify the already gorgeous plant. If you are a bit more daring, a nano pot will give it a lavish look.
Plants look best in groups! Prepare a collection of living room plants from our list and add them to your living room and watch your space transform!
If you are someone that adores the beauty of nature, maybe you can create your own zen corner in the living room. Prop a chair nearby, sip on a cup of tea and wind down after a hard day's work! Don’t stop with what’s on this list, our collection of indoor plants for living rooms is massive. Have a browse and see for yourself!