10 Indoor Plants You Can Use as Decorations in Your Homes/Apartments

Indoor Plants Decoration

Who doesn’t like to come home to a comfortable, relaxing, eye-pleasing breathable environment? That is one of the reasons we go to parks.

The downside of the industrial revolution in this age is the deprivation of the joys of nature like living in lush green areas with lots of plants.

But that’s not the end of the world. You can bring home a part of nature that you can enjoy indoors.

Plants are increasingly being understood and being used for decorations indoors. These plants are called ‘Ornamental plants’.

Adding artificial clutter as decorations can be harmful and depending on what you got, it can even emit pollutants inside your personal space which you call home.

You can easily replace some of the artificial decorative stuff with indoor plants – that will liven up the inside of your house and have a positive impact on your health.

Benefits of keeping indoor ornamental plants

Apart from adding color and life to our houses, indoor plants also help purify the air and remove pollutants.

Studies have found that people in the presence of indoor plants had better concentrations. It has also been shown to improve people’s mood.

Indoor plants also help in breathing by increasing humidity. This helps people with respiratory problems and illness. It also has a positive effect on people with high blood pressures and anxieties.

Plants also help absorb noises from the background and give a soothing comfortable atmosphere.

Indoor Plants you can use as Decorations

Here is a list of 10 indoor plants that you can use in your house as decorations. Apart from making your house look beautiful, this plant will also help you improve your physical and mental well-being.


Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is one of the most widely used palms for bright interiors. It has feathery, arches, each with up to 100 leaflets.

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Water them often enough to keep the soil lightly moist.

They need bright, indirect light and can be grown with minimal care.

Areca palm grows 6 to 10 inches per year until they reach a height of 6 or 7 feet.

It is also referred to as “butterfly palm” because of the leaves which curve upwards to create a butterfly look.

It is a disease-free plant.

Area of decoration

If you purchase small pots, keep them on tabletops. Their big versions, “bold plants” command attention when kept solo.

A big solo plant looks good next to a sofa, table, empty corners.

They can also be doubled as one on either side next to big sofas, chairs, beds, etc.

According to NASA and Dr. B. C. Wolverton, the Areca Palm filters xylene and toluene from the air. Wolverton also said that, at 1.8 m (5 ft 11 inch) in height, the plant transpires 1 liter of water in 24 hours, which makes it a good humidifier.

It is sensitive to chemicals.

It has gained royal horticulture award of merit in ornamental class in 2017.


It is quite popular as ornamental plants and is used frequently in offices and public places.

The stem is erect and gives out the crown of big leaves.

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Thousands of Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonemas) plants in different colors and shapes are grown today for indoor use.

It gives out high oxygen content and purifies indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, benzene or other toxins and removes more toxins as time passes.

Area of decoration

It can tolerate low light, so you can keep it in corners or places where there is less light.

Chinese evergreen also grows well in places with room lights.

Smaller plants can be kept on tabletops and bigger ones on the floor alongside walls.

It can grow anywhere easily and doesn’t require much water.

Keep them away from sunlight and cold temperatures.

They have been grown as luck-bringing ornamental plants in Asia for many years.

You can use the shape and color that enhances your room.

Note that it is toxic to pets.


Chlorophytum comosum or Spider plant has many long, thin, arched leaves that are dark green or variegated with white.

These look beautiful in a hanging basket.

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The spider plant is considered one of the easiest decor plants to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and has no maintenance issues, other than brown tips.

The spider plant is so named because of its spider-like leaves, or spiderettes, which hang down from the main plant like spiders on a web.

They reduce indoor air pollution in the form of formaldehyde.

Area of decoration

Because of its shape, it looks great on top of a stand.

It is a good idea to keep in humid areas like the bathroom.

Hang them in a basket in rooms and the spider leaves coming out will look beautiful. You can also keep it on the shelves, table-tops, and bedrooms.

They don’t need much water and the thin leaves look beautiful cascading downward and outwards when placed in a basket attached to the ceiling.

The leaves can be green or variegated with white so choose the ones matching with the surroundings.

Grow them in temperatures from 18 to 32 degree Celsius.


Bonsai is a Japanese art which uses techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape of big grown trees.

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Chinese elm bonsai are used widely for Home Decor. It is popularly known as Ulmus or lacebark elm.

It is famous because of its ease of growing.

Area of decoration

Since it requires normal home temperatures (20-25 degree Celsius) it can be kept anywhere where there is direct sunlight for a few hours.
A good place would be near the window.

Sunlight encourages the leaves of the elm plant to remain small.

Keep it in an area with good airflow. Near a fan or underneath a fan or an open window.

These miniature trees are a delight to look at every day. They enhance the beauty of the home by giving you a miniature tree indoors.

Bonsai plants are sensitive to smoke and require a smoke-free environment.

Disclaimer: Feng shui and Vaastu Shastra discourage the use of bonsai plants for homes as they say it gives negative energy.


These are also called spikenards.

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They give out abundant small leaves which can be round or spinach shaped. The trunk is thick and woody and quite exotic looking.

It is a tropical plant and many varieties of Aralia can be found as ornamental plants indoors.

They grow quickly and look very beautiful.

Area of decoration

They look like small trees and look good on tabletops or shelves.

Once they have grown big and large they can be shifted to the floor.

Aralia plants can survive in low lights, but leaves grow faster in indirect light.

You can hang the aralias in baskets when they are small.

In low light areas, they require very less water while with indirect light they require more water.

Allow the soil to dry before watering.


This plant has also gained royal horticultural society’s award of garden merit in 2017 for ornamental plant category.

It is very easy to grow golden pothos or money plant.

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They can be grown in soil as well as water. They require very little care and can be kept in shade or light.

They are very effective in reducing formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene. One of the best things about money plant is that it gives oxygen even at night.

They stay green even when kept in the dark. They are toxic to pets and humans.

Area of decoration

This is a fast-growing vine and looks beautiful cascading down from a hanging basket.

This vine grows quickly and can be kept anywhere.

You can wrap them around staircase handrail or on the ceiling with the help of rods.

You can also place them on a shaped metal mesh on a wall thus giving an appearance of growing from a wall.

It can be shaped however you wish and its vines can be arranged in a cascading or ascending manner.

Keep them on a high shelf and they will cascade naturally. You can also arrange these as creepers across an empty wall.


These are a soothing eye-appealing plant. These are also called cobra plant (as it’s flower grows and looks like the hood of a cobra).

It requires very little care and can grow easily in artificial light and air conditioning. The shell-like flowers look lovely and can give life to a dull room.

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It can grow well in low humidity and require very less watering. It cleans the air of formaldehyde and benzene pollutants.

It is immune to pests and diseases and if at all they get infested, a mere wiping of leaves with insecticide solves the problem.

It is toxic to pets and small children.

Area of decoration

It looks good on a center table or a decorative stand. The white flowers look good across all backgrounds.

Since it can thrive in low light spaces, place them in bedrooms, stands, on top of fridge, shelves etc

Best to put in a space where flowers can be seen in the room for positivity, cheerful atmosphere.


Also called the ‘arrowhead plant’, it is a very common home decor plant because of its attractive shapes and different colors.

When it is young its leaves are heart-shaped and when it matures the leaves turn arrow shape.

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It is a slow-growing plant.

These plants grow in all light conditions.

If you are growing them in low light conditions, choose dark green leaves.

It needs humidity and less watering and removes pollutants from indoor air.

It is toxic to pets and mildly toxic to humans.

Area of decoration

This vine is a good climber. When left on its own, its vines can grow up to six feet long and look lovely when they cascade over the sides of a hanging basket.

You can place these anywhere to show off its big beautiful leaves and shapes. It is also recommended to be kept according to feng shui.


Anthuriums are exotic-looking flowering plants which flower all year long.

It has an eye-catchy dark green foliage that is heart-shaped and has bright orange/red flowers that are also heart-shaped.

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The advantage of an anthurium is that its shelf life is very long in time.

It purifies the air by removing formaldehyde, ammonia and volatile organic gases.

Area of decoration

Place the bright flowers right at the center of attraction in the middle of the room. They look good alongside sofas and chairs

You can also place these on tabletops or shelves from where their flowers are visible.

Take care not to put them in direct sunlight as that will burn the plant.

It comes from tropical forests and therefore requires indirect light and high humidity.

Keep them away from pets and children as they are toxic.


Boston Fern is very popular as an ornamental plant and is very easy to grow. Their long feathery leaves look beautiful in clusters

They require high humidity to grow and indirect light. They can tolerate low levels of light as well.

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They only require fertilizer a few times in a year. It requires frequent watering.

In winter months they turn dormant. During that time water them only once a week.

Area of decoration

Boston ferns look beautiful when hung in baskets as their feathery leaves spread out adding glamour and richness to the room.

Place them on tabletops or on shelves.

They are non-toxic to pets and humans so they can be put on the floor as well.

Placing them on a wooden table also compliments the plant.

Some Ideas to Decorate with Indoor Plants

The techniques used in interior decoration with plants will depend on the space you have and the type of brightness in every corner of the room. (Remember different plants require different wavelengths of light so observe which parts are shady and dark and which parts are bright).

  • Plants can be hung in baskets.
  • These can be rolled around handrails of a staircase.
  • As for creepers, these can fall or rise from a height. A mesh net can be fixed on the wall and the creepers can grow around them.
  • Can be placed on top of drawers and racks, on center tables and on side tables.
  • You can utilize the empty space on a glass table, study table, and on top of cupboards by placing plants on it.
  • Plants look good near corners of a staircase, near the sink in the kitchen, and even in washrooms.
  • You can place decorative indoor plants on a slab of a window, on top of the fridge, or near bed corners.
  • You can set up a small indoor garden by using two-three shelves on top of each other on the walls (just like a book shelve). It will not require extra space and will give you a green zone to gaze upon.
  • Use decorative porcelain or ceramic pots to grow succulents. You can choose beautiful pots that will further enhance the beauty of the plant. You can choose pots that will look with the existing decor of your room (wallpapers/curtains/furniture).
  • If you like to experiment, grow plants in big old coffee mugs or big kitchen pots you no longer use. Plants can grow in anything as long as they have soil, air, water and light that they require.
  • Tin cans which are big enough to accommodate the plant add a different style.
  • In kitchens, hang masons jars on walls and fill them with soil and roots of herbs you use for cooking.
  • Putting up a large plant in empty corners will definitely make your house look awesome.

Useful Tips when using Indoor Plants as Decorations

  • The beauty of ornamental plants is emphasized or downplayed by the type of container you put it in. The trick is to use the right pot.
  • All plants love a little sunshine. Make sure to keep them outdoors once in a week for healthier growth.
  • Be careful not to put them directly under harsh sunlight. Having got used to living in shade, they might burn under harsh direct sunlight.
  • Clean the leaves off the dust collected indoors.
  • Bathe the leaves once a week under running water for them to be able to breathe. You can also use a spray to quickly clean the leaves.
  • Check the soil for moisture. If the soil sticks to fingers then it is moist and doesn’t require much water. If it doesn’t stick to fingers, water it.
  • All houseplants are susceptible to pests. Make sure to use appropriate pesticide in relation to your plant to keep it pest-free. You can also spray dishwasher soap mixed with water and then wash the plant with plain water. Neem oil sprays/other organic pesticides can also be used once a week.
  • While keeping the plants indoors, keep a tray underneath for water seepage. Alternatively, cover the drainage holes underneath the pot with tape to avoid water spillage to floors. Once the hole is sealed, make sure to water irregularly and not so frequently.
  • Some plants are toxic to pets and children. Read carefully about their toxicity before putting them in a space reachable to them.

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