A Room-By-Room Guide For Happy Houseplants

Have you ever moved a previously happy plant from one spot in the house to another, only to watch it slowly succumb to death? OK, so maybe not quite that dramatic, but chances are if you have a love for houseplants, you know what I’m talking about. Houseplants can be so sensitive and finicky, it almost seems like luck when you get one that actually thrives. And it’s true, they are fussy when it comes to their environment, but sometimes it’s all about location, location, location.

Here’s a room-by-room guide for happy houseplants.


happy houseplants

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Peace Lily

The peace lily prefers bright light, but can still grow in low-to-moderate light. It also grows best when the soil dries out a little before watering it again, making it perfect for people who tend to forget about watering plants.

Spider Plant

One of the best things about the spider plant is its ability to help purify indoor air. It’s also important to note that while this plant requires more attention and maintenance during its first year of growth, it needs less after that.

Snake Plant

Not only are snake plants stylish, they are extremely easy to take care of. They only have to be watered once every two weeks and require little to no sunlight. Snake plants are one of the leading indoor plants as it relates to cleaning air, and have the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. 


Living Room

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ZZ Plant

The shiny, waxy-looking leaves of the ZZ Plant make a gorgeous addition to any dark corner of your living room. Don’t worry, this plant tolerates the lowest light levels you can throw at it. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Instagram darling of houseplants can be a bit finicky when it comes to their location. It thrives in tons of bright, indirect sunlight, making it the ideal plant for your living room.

English Ivy

Looking for a hanging plant to add some fun to your living room? English ivy can grow nicely either in pots or hanging baskets and requires very little maintenance. 



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Ferns, especially varieties such as bird’s nest ferns are great bathroom plants. They love the humidity and will also tolerate low light, although they do slightly prefer a medium/bright indirect light location.


Philodendrons are truly tropical plants that love bathroom conditions. There are varieties that vine or trail with stems as much as 20 feet long, and others that grow upright several feet. Both types are relatively easy to grow. If you water this plant too much or too little, the plant will let you know by dropping its leaves. It prefers consistently moist soil. Philodendrons need bright, indirect light; too much shade makes stems spindly.


Orchids actually love humidity, which make them ideal bathroom plants. Try an easier-to-manage variety like phalaenopsis and paphiopedilums, which will all do well with bright, filtered bathroom window light.



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Cast Iron Plant

Its cute and fitting name isn’t the only reason to add this plant to your kitchen décor. No matter what happens in your kitchen, though, this plant will survive it, whether it’s baking a turkey in the oven or simmering Sunday supper on the stove. 

Aloe Vera

While aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it also is great for cleaning up your air. They are extremely easy plants to maintain and look great in your home.

African Violets

These beautiful little bursts of color thrive on kitchen window sills.


Dining Room

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This plant prefers moderate light, but can also grow in low light. Display bamboo on a buffet or a plant stand, or even use it as a centerpiece on your table.


Dracaena offers a range of varieties for your dining room. It’s easy to maintain, looks great with contrasting foliage and also purifies indoor air.

Bird of Paradise

If your dining room gets great light, consider a statement plant like a bird of paradise that will thrive in the space.


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram