Finding The Best Houseplants for Your Living Room

As college students, we want our living spaces to look as “homey” as possible. An easy way to breathe life into an otherwise dull dorm room or living room is to bring in house plants. The green of the plants will be a burst of color that you can use as a piece of décor. In this article, we will discuss the best plants to use in your living room or dorm room, keeping in mind that you might not have much time to take care of them.

Staghorn Fern

If you’re looking for a plant to make a statement or to be the central point of the room, a staghorn fern is the plant for you. A staghorn fern is a good plant to hang from the ceiling since its leaves can grow to be fairly long. In fact, they are one of the easiest plants to grow, and they can thrive inside. They also can purify the air in your room. A staghorn fern is a great plant to have in your living room.

Boston Fern

Another excellent plant for your living room is a Boston fern. It’s a good plant for a busy student because it needs only a small amount of water, and only once a week. If you keep it in indirect light, it will be happy and grow. Like other plants in this list, the Boston fern is also an air purifying plant, as it removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air. A Boston fern is another cute plant you can add to your living room.

Spider Plant

A spider plant gets its name from the way it resembles a spider. It’s perfect to either hang from the ceiling or put on a side table. In addition, a spider plant is perfect for a busy college student, since it does not require much water. But the coolest thing about the spider plant is that you can replant pieces of it to grow a new baby spider plant! In summary, a spider plant is a unique hanging plant that would be perfect for your living room.

Aloe Vera

It’s no secret that aloe vera is a popular plant, mainly due to its soothing properties. It’s especially convenient to have an aloe vera plant if you live in an area where you are more likely to get sunburned. You can cut open a leaf to catch some soothing aloe vera gel. It’s best kept in a sunny window. Like many of the other plants I mentioned, aloe vera can also purify the air in the room. It can also serve as a great piece of decoration. Clearly, aloe vera is a good houseplant for your living room.

Peace Lily

If you are looking for a floor plant to fill up some space in a corner, a peace lily is a great option. It’s an elegant, tall plant that doesn’t need much attention. All you need to do for your peace lily is give it partial sunlight and a little bit of water. However, if you are considering getting a peace lily, keep in mind that it’s not recommended for a household with pets. It is known to be toxic to a dog or a cat if they eat it. A peace lily is another plant to consider for your living room.


Succulents are a classic houseplant for many reasons! First, they are easy for a busy college student to care for since they don’t require much water. Your succulents can hang out in their pots for days without needing attention. Second, they are simply so cute and can go with almost any type of décor. You can arrange them to fit your décor style. Although it might not be the most unique houseplant to get for your living room, a succulent is an excellent choice, especially if you are a busy student.

Air Plants

If you want to try something even more unique, you could look for an “air plant”. An air plant is a plant that is so cool it can grow without soil or dirt. Instead, it grows with good air circulation and water. They cling to nearby surfaces and objects as they grow, so they should be trimmed regularly. Plus, air plants are a fun conversation starter when you have company over (or even just in general). In short, air plants are a fun way to try to keep plants in a unique way, without dirt or soil!

If you want to breathe life and vibrancy into your living room or dorm room, consider adding a few house plants. You can even opt for some plants that don’t require much care. House plants will not only look beautiful in your room, but they can also purify your air. If you are interested in getting a houseplant, you can rent one from CORT Furniture Rental, where you can keep the plant for some time, and then return it later. It’s a great way to test out your style with various houseplants.

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Written by Alyssa Laffitte, ULoop Contributor // Photo Credit: