Best Houseplants for Interior Design

Indoor plants are only increasing in popularity when it comes to their role as design elements. They bring a little bit of life inside, and they have great benefits when it comes to providing fresh air. With so many options, how do you know which interior design plants are best for you and your home?



While the exact plants that work for you will differ depending on your aesthetic, some are generally a good choice if you want a visually intriguing plant. Read on to learn about some gorgeous interior design plants that are sure to enhance the design of your home. 

Chinese Money Plant

Also called a Pilea peperomioides or a Chinese money plant, this unique plant is particularly valued by those who enjoy minimalist decor or funky shapes. The circular leaves spring from a central stem on their individual stems. 

While this plant was once rare outside of China, its easy propagation has made it a common choice around the world. This plant can thrive with little sun as long as it has well-draining soil and water when it is dry. If it is happy, it will often send out babies that you can then put in their pots. This plant is safe for pets.

Parlor Palm

Parlor Palms, also known as Chamaedorea elegans, is a classic choice for an interior design plant. If you love to be inspired by retro design, this may be the perfect plant for you. Thin trunks support the narrow leaves. These plants can grow to anywhere between two and six feet indoors. 

This plant does well as long as it has bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. The parlor palm can survive several conditions that might bother similar plants. It can do well even in cold temperatures or low light. The main thing that bothers these plants is too much water. This option is a pet-safe plant. 

Swiss Cheese Plant

There are quite a few Monstera varieties that look awesome in any home. Some grow giant leaves, while others have small trails of the same leaves. Whatever type you get, look forward to the distinct leaves with holes. This plant is such a popular design inspiration that it is frequently a motif in clothing, ads, and art.  

The main consideration to have when it comes to the Monstera is that you should give it plenty of space to grow. These plants enjoy the partial sun and do not need much water. Monstera is not a pet-safe plant. 


Succulents are a great choice if you are new to plant rearing. They are hard to kill unless you water them too hardily. In general, you do not need to treat any succulents differently from each other. You simply need to ensure that they get enough light and are kept clean and planted in the right soil. 

Since there are so many different kinds of succulents, you can pick the ones that complement your interior design plans. Get creative and try them in different pots and a variety of groupings. Cacti and spineless succulents alike evoke fun energy. Some succulents are not safe for pets, but others are fine. 

Snake Plant

Snake Plants have a variety of benefits and are another great option if you want something that will lend an atmosphere without needing constant attention. Known by its scientific name of Dracaena trifasciata, this plant is recognizable by its collection of stiff, tapered leaves that can be anywhere between six inches to eight feet tall. 

You can find a few color variations in this plant, including green and yellow varieties. Snake plants are very versatile in terms of light preferences, doing well in low or high light. This plant is toxic to dogs and cats. 

According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, Snake Plants are one of the most effective houseplants when it comes to removing pollutants from the air.


When looking for a ficus, you may note that there are several types out there. Some have small, tapered leaves, while others have large, irregularly shaped leaves. With so many varieties, you are sure to find an option that fits your living space. These trees are a wonderful option if you want to fill vertical space. 

Ficus trees are fairly easy to grow as long as you provide them with proper conditions. Place them somewhere where they will get plenty of bright, indirect light and a warm temperature. Be consistent when you water the ficus. However, you do not need to water it too much at a time. Make sure the soil drains well. 


There are a few different kinds of pothos that you can get for your apartment. Some of them are solid shades of green, while others have a lot of variegation. The leaves are long and heart-shaped, and their vines can reach 11 feet long. Choose this plant as an option to hang up high so that you can enjoy the trailing leaves. 

While Pothos are usually Epipremnum aureum, there are a few other plants known as pothos. There are some different needs seen throughout the varieties of pothos. However, you can generally expect these plants to do well in indirect light. Let the pothos dry out in between waterings. This plant is not considered safe for pets. 

ZZ Plant

ZZ plant is also known as the Zanzibar gem or Zamioculcas zamiiflia. This unique-looking plant makes a great addition to any funky interior. The small ovular leaves are waxy and upward-facing and you can select a solid green or a variegated option for this plant. 

Many people value this plant due to its reputation as a low-maintenance option. The ZZ plant enjoys low, indirect light or shade, and doesnt need frequent watering. If you need to clean this plant simply use a damp washcloth rather than any leaf shining product. 


We hope this list inspires you to have fun with your interior design plants. Whether you want a few plants to liven up an otherwise restrained room, or you want your entire interior design plan to focus on your new plant friends, there are plenty of amazing options.