Choosing the Best House Plants for Your Home

Houseplants are one of my favorite ways to add more beauty into a home. Not only do they add beauty, but they can also make you feel more connected to nature. Although it’s tempting to pick houseplants based on how they look, there are other important factors to consider when choosing a plant. Before choosing a plant, you want to make sure you can provide the right conditions for it to thrive. I’ve compiled some tips that will help you pick out the best house plants for your home.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Plant

A bunch of plants gathered underneath artwork next to a styled shelf.

The main factors you should consider when choosing a plant are space, light, and lifestyle. Before deciding on whether or not to buy a plant, think about how much space the plant will need. How big is it expected to grow? Make sure there is enough space for that growth.

A couple of plants by windows.

Lighting is another important factor. Consider how much lighting the plant needs. Does it need bright, indirect sunlight or can it manage in the shade? You’ll also want to consider the level of maintenance you’re able to provide based on your lifestyle. The last thing you want to do is buy a bunch of plants that are high-maintenance only for them to die from lack of care. If you don’t have much experience with plants, start with plants that are better suited for beginners.

Best Houseplants for Beginners

Golden Pothos

A golden pothos vine plant on a shelf.

Golden Pothos are a popular hanging plant that can still thrive in low-light and a little neglect. Their leaves are a beautiful blend of green and yellow. Pothos are great because they purify the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. They also help to eliminate odors.

Peace Lily

A peace lily in a woven pot nearby a stack of books and tea kettle.

Peace Lilies are a gorgeous plant that are easy to grow. They have dark green leaves and bloom beautiful pointed white flowers. They can thrive in both low and bright light but do best in shaded areas.They are especially great for cleaning the air of mold. This makes them great plants for damp rooms like bathrooms.

Snake Plant

A couple of snake plants.

Snake plants are also easy to take care of. Although they love bright light, they can handle low light. This plant grows in tall green blades. It does a great job filtering the air of formaldehyde which is often found in cleaning supplies and personal care products. You can keep one in your bathroom for cleaner air.

For inspiration on how to decorate your bathroom, check out this post.

Houseplants that Require Advanced Care

Fiddle Leaf-Fig Trees

A large fiddle leaf fig tree in a living room.

Fiddle Leaf-Fig Trees are one of the most popular trees people love to have in their homes. It has large paddle-shaped leaves. This plant requires filtered indirect light. If overwatered, leaves may turn yellow or brown. Don’t water this plant more than once a week or if the soil is still damp to the touch.


A monstera plant.

Monstera deliciosa, also known as the cheese plant, is another popular house plant. This tropical plant’s leaves have a unique shape from partitions and holes throughout the leaves. Although pleasant to look at, monsteras can be finicky to keep vibrant and flourishing. You’ll have to experiment in order to find the perfect spot for this temperamental plant.


A fuschia colored orchid with framed photos in the background.

I absolutely love orchids but they are notorious for being difficult to keep alive. But if you are up for the challenge, they are a wonderful plant to have in your home. Not only are they gorgeous, but they also provide many health benefits. They can improve sleep and promote relaxation. 

Although some plants are more difficult to grow, their beauty is worth the effort. However, if you don’t have the time to care for plants, there are wonderful faux plants available for purchase. Stacked & Co. is an excellent resource for artificial florals and succulents.

I hope you are feeling inspired to choose the best house plants for your home. Whether you’re just starting your plant collection or an advanced plant mom or dad, there are many plant options that can fit your lifestyle. They are an easy way to make your home feel more lively.