Best types of houseplants for every room in the house

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Looking for a guide to the best types of houseplants for every room in the house? You've come to the right place.

A new plant is the perfect way to breathe new life into a space without spending lots of money or having to shift about any furniture. Plus, deep green foliage adds colour and tranquility to a room. But certain types of houseplants thrive in the right spaces, so make sure you have the correct houseplant for the correct space before splashing out.

To make shopping for the perfect houseplant easier, we asked James Folger – a houseplant expert and founder of London's top online garden centre The Stem – to pick out the best plants for every room in the house...

Best types of houseplant for every room: Peace Lily for the bedroom

The Peace Lily is a tropical beauty with piercing white flowers, that will compliment any bedroom interiors scheme. The glossy green leaves are superstars at cleaning the air: just remember to mist regularly and wipe clean to keep in tiptop condition.

This pretty plant is hardy, coping in light shade as well as bright indirect light, and thrives in humidity. The air-purification qualities of the leaves means you’ll feel refreshed after sleeping if this plant is kept in your bedroom.

Best types of houseplant for every room: Kentia Palm for the bathroom

Luscious green tall stems and long, glossy, green leaves fan out to make quite the impression, but the Kentia Palm is actually one of the most versatile plants around.

The Kentia can cope in light shade and humid conditions: it likes being misted regularly so showers and baths nearby are great at keeping the foliage fresh and airy. This is another great plant for removing pollutants from the air, too and the range of sizes available (35-150cm in height), means you’ll find something suitable to fit any bathroom size.

Best types of houseplants for every room: Golden Pothos for the living room

The Golden Pothos is the perfect indoor trailing, climbing or hanging plant and will bring a lush tropical feel to a home. It is also super hardy!

What is amazing about this plant is that if you give it a few hours of sunlight will make the leaves change. They will become more variegated with streaks of colour. Generally though, Golden Pothos can be kept in indirect light and are quite happy to let their soil dry out between watering. It does require occasional pruning, and being in the living room means you’ll never forget to do so.

This is also a great option for those wanting air purification properties. It’s small and can happily fit on a shelf or mantlepiece, adding interest to your living space. Lots of our customers add these to their desks too for home office tropical vibes. There are lots of studies that suggest having plants around can improve concentration and productivity levels, too – so an even better excuse to have them around.

Best types of houseplant for every room: Agave for the kitchen

The Agave is a dense rosette of deep green spikes with red detailing on each edge, and prefers to be in a sunny spot, so next to patio doors or windows in the kitchen is perfect.

The Agave doesn’t tolerate humidity well, so steer clear of the bathroom with this one. Remove outer leaves when they are looking a bit tired – new growth comes from the centre.

Best types of houseplant for every room: Chinese Money Plant for the home office

The Chinese Money Plant has plate-like leaves spinning on bouncy stems, making it a really stunning looking plant to keep you inspired while working.

Plants are said to boost productivity, and this stunning green plant is also a great way to regulate the air in the room, creating a cool and airy space, perfect for busy days.

The Chinese Money Plant is perfectly proportioned for a windowsill or side table. It can handle humidity and bright indirect light, but it’s a good idea to keep the leaves aired, lightly misted and clean. What’s more – according to Feng Shui experts – Chinese Money Plants are said to bring luck, money and prosperity to the owner.

Best types of houseplant for every room: Parlour Palm for the hallway


This plant is something of a showstopper, making it a brilliant centrepiece for the entrance to the home. It can handle a bright hallway and likes to be regularly misted and leaves kept free from dust. It is child and pet-friendly too, because the leaves are non-toxic.

The Parlour Palm is a wonderful air purifier and its lush foliage will give you a massively warm welcome when returning home. There’s a budget option for everyone too, with prices starting at £8.

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