15 Best Living Room Plants to Dress Up Your Space

With its striking heart-shaped red or pink flowers, which last for weeks, anthurium is a conversation-starter! It needs lots of bright, indirect light, never direct sun. Let it dry out a little between waterings.


If you need a plant that thrives on neglect, here you go! It's almost impossible to kill this plant. With dramatic upright spikes, the snake plant will take low light (though it prefers moderate light, if possible). Let it dry out between waterings.

Snake Plant

Shiny, waxy-looking leaves make the ZZ Plant a striking addition to any dark corner of your living room. Yes! It can take dark corners. It’s one of the hardiest houseplants around, surviving even if you forget to water it for a few weeks.

ZZ Plant

Peace lily’s shiny leaves and interesting spoon-shaped white flowers add style to any setting. They’re fine with low to moderate light conditions, but they bloom better with bright light. Let the soil dry out between waterings.

Peace Lily

You almost can't kill pothos! It looks fabulous in a hanging pot or letting its long vines drape down a bookshelf. It does best with moderate light but will tolerate low light conditions, too. Let it dry out between waterings.


These delicate-looking orchids, also called phalaenopsis, are hardier than their dainty appearance may lead you to believe. They can bloom for months and live for years! Give them bright, indirect light. Water once a week until water drains out of the bottom of the pot.

Moth Orchid

Aglaonema, also known as Chinese evergreen, is a low maintenance plant that keeps looking good even with moderate neglect. Its pretty silvery-green leaves are a good choice for low-light conditions. Keep its soil lightly moist.


These delicate-looking pines have soft needles and need bright light and slightly moist soil to thrive. Don't let them dry out or they'll drop branches, which won't regrow.

Norfolk Island Pine

The coin plant, also called pilea, has cute little rounded leaves that add a splash of color to end tables. It likes bright light. Wait to water until it dries out a little because coin plants don't like to stay wet.

Coin Plant

This classic tropical palm makes a splash in bright rooms! But that's the key: This plant absolutely needs bright light to thrive. Let it dry out a bit between waterings.

Areca Palm

Dracaena has a strong, architectural form and likes moderate to bright light and lightly moist soil. It has many different forms and a sort of Dr. Seuss vibe. Don’t overwater, or it gets angry and drops its foliage.