Living Room Plants

If you’re looking to add an injection of colour to your home, indoor plants are a great idea! However, it’s important to know which greenery is right for you. Asides from adding life to space, plants also purify the air, which helps to create a healthier home.

This makes living room plants a functional decoration and you can get numerous species delivered straight to your door when you order online.

To help you narrow your selection, we’ve considered factors beyond the aesthetic alone, and have compiled a list of the best houseplants for the living room, some of which include the following:

  • Philodendron
  • Majesty Palm
  • Snake Plants
  • Cacti
  • Weeping Fig
  • Dragon Tree
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Rubber Plants

The living room is one of the most visited areas in the home; it’s also one of the best places to place potted plants, especially those that sit on the floor. If you have any bare spaces in the living room, floor plants will create a focal point, breathing new life into your home.

What plants are good for the living room?

The following plants are particularly good for your home’s living spaces, given their ease of care and other requirements.

The Philodendron

This particular plant is highly recommended for floor décor. It requires partial to full sunlight, so it’s important to place it next to a window. It will also need well-drained soil.

These plants are able to thrive indoors year round without complaint, although for best results you should place them outdoors occasionally in a shady spot when the weather allows. This will give you a chance to flush the soil and clean the leaves with plenty of fresh water.


This species of plant is a great option for shelves in the living area. It’s extremely easy to care for, and one that looks good when placed in a trendy container, as this will add extra appeal.

This plant requires the correct care and light in order to survive. It’s imperative you don’t overwater this plant, although drooping or yellowing leaves will indicate over-watering or poor drainage.

English Ivy

This green goddess is recommended for shelf décor. It’s a popular option for rooms that have little light, as it is able to thrive in full shade, providing it has well-drained soil. English Ivy comes in the shape of ornamental foliage and boasts a wide range of shapes and hues.

This is dependent on the variety you choose. Although it’s traditionally grown outdoors as a ground cover, it is able to flourish indoors as a houseplant and requires little care.

Majesty Palm

This is another good option for the floor. It necessitates both well-drained soil and full sunlight. These plants do require a little extra care when brought indoors, including ensuring they sit in a space that boasts the correct lighting and humidity.

They also require less water than other indoor house plants, as the change in the environment can cause growth to slow down.

How to decorate your living room with plants

Greenery adds an instant injection of colour to the living room and as such, indoor plants are a popular option when it comes to enhancing your décor. From floor plants, to species that reside on shelves, to variants that sit in trendy pots, there are a number of options to choose from.

Asides from enriching your interior, plants have also been proven to heighten indoor air quality. There are a number of chemicals in households today that pollute our air, including fumes from indoor appliances, air diffusers, and perfumes – all add to creating highly toxic homes and plants can help to avoid it.

Fill in the corners

It’s not uncommon to be left with a number of small open spaces in your living room, even when all furniture is in place. These spaces are screaming out for something green and fresh. Tall, vivacious plants are ideal for corners and add character to your living room.

Smaller plants on the other hand are ideal for tabletops, windowsills, and mantle pieces. You can also place certain trailing plants on shelves.

Table displays

The best way to integrate plants into your living room includes styling them together to create an interesting and eye-catching tabletop centerpiece. Plants brandishing flowers are a great option, especially if you wish to add colour to the lounge.

Pick plants and flowers that boast tones and shades that will match those incorporated into your current décor.

Room dividers

Asides from filling in blank spaces, plants can also be used as room dividers. In fact, you can easily create a living wall with the right amount of plants. Room dividers created out of plants are a good option for areas that are open plan and feature both a living room and dining room.

One of the easiest ways to create separation is by fashioning a fake wall complete with open panels and placing plants on top of these panels. For best results, use climbing shrubs such as honeysuckle or clematis, as they easily spread across large surfaces.

Plant collections

Different plants are suited to different spaces in the living room. To create more of a focal point, you can purposefully choose a small area and dedicate this space solely to a selection of plants, preferably by the window. The different levels have the effect of creating both volume and density.

Where to buy living room plants

You can purchase living room plants from your local garden center or nursery, or alternatively, online. There are a number of online florists who stock an array of indoor plants, varying in size and hue. Many of these florists are even able to offer next-day delivery and deliver directly to your door.

Before buying it’s wise to do your research though, as it’s important to know whether you’re able to provide the environment your plant requires. It’s also a good idea to know how to care for them to ensure they thrive for many years to come!

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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