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Indoor plants: how to choose them

Last modified: 2021-11-16 | Approximate reading time 4 mins

Amanda Harvey

House plants have many functions, not only do they brighten the home and bring an element of life into an interior, but they also clean the air and help to keep things feeling fresh and comfortable.

Now, when shopping for plants it’s common to come across an intriguing species and think “this would look beautiful in my house”. But bringing home the wrong plant can quickly lead to disappointment, as not every plant can thrive in every environment. So, how do you choose the correct plants for your interior?

Well, this article will offer a breakdown of exactly how to choose the right plant for your indoor space so that you’re able to make the most of their lifespan and create a visually intriguing landscape.

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Indoor plants: how to choose them

Consider interior conditions

Let’s first think about the interior space of our home. There are a few factors that will affect what types of plants you’re choosing and the most important of these is lighting and temperature. 

When it comes to lighting, think about how much natural light the rooms of your home receive. Many species of house plants require a generous amount of natural lighting. But of course, there are a few that need lower levels of light. If the majority of your rooms are south, west or east facing, then it’s likely you get plenty of sunlight beaming in. But if your interior primarily faces north, you may instead need to opt for plants that don’t require too much light.

When it comes to temperature, there are a few considerations to be had. First, we should mention that plants do best in regulated temperatures so they’ll do well during spring and summer months when interior heating isn’t fluctuating too much. It’s during wintertime when things get tricky. With heating being switched on and off or simply no heat in certain rooms, some plants can have a difficult time surviving.

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With these factors in mind, when picking out plants, be certain to ask the horticulturist or florist working what the best conditions are for the ones you have your eyes on. Alternatively, do plenty of research before heading into the plant store so you know what your options are.

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The space in your interior rooms is another important factor to think about when it comes to choosing plants. Squeezing plants in and around things is a method we would suggest avoiding. This is because plants require plenty of breathing room and sandwiching them in between furniture or other pieces of home decor will block their airflow. Having good airflow will allow your plant to grow big and healthy, as they will be able to maintain better temperature control and CO2 replenishment. 

With this in mind, consider these suggestions when choosing your plants:

  • If you want to incorporate a large plant or tree into your space, make sure it can fit and has a generous amount of room around it; 
  • Leave at least 6” of space between plants and other pieces of furniture;
  • Place your plants in spots where there’s a lot of air circulation: by windows, on top of tables and dressers, in hallways and so forth;
  • If the room where you’re placing your plant doesn’t have windows, make sure you’re choosing a hardy species which can survive in these conditions.


It’s important to be aware that some plants require more humidity than others. Many indoor spaces have quite dry air as a result of indoor heating or air conditioning. With this in mind, make sure to keep plants away from A/C units or radiators. If you’re hoping to grow some tropical plants in your interior (such as Bird of Paradise, Palms or Philodendron), then these will need to be misted daily in order to keep them alive and well. Now, if this sounds like too much maintenance, you may consider going with a less difficult choice.

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What size plants should you buy?

This is an important factor when it comes to choosing plants to live inside your home. As we’ve already mentioned, plants need enough space to breathe freely and so you’ll need to place them in a spot that allows for this. If you’re hoping for the plants to live on your floor, then they’ll need to be tall in nature. If the plant you’re hoping for will sit on a table or desk, then it can be a little shorter.

Of course, the hope here is that your plant will grow. So plan for the size your plant will grow to rather than the size it is when you first purchase it. Some other questions you may ask yourself before purchasing a plant are as follows:

  • Do you want your plant to rest at eye level or lower?
  • What kind of look do you desire? (clean, overgrown, wild, chic, contained, etc.)
  • Are you looking for an accent piece (small plant) or a bold statement (large plant)?

These questions should help you narrow down a few specific plants that complement and feel at home in your interior.

If you’re looking for more information about indoor plants and different options check out these two articles:

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