You know that feeling of calm that washes over you when you’re out in nature, surrounded by natural beauty? The trees, plants and all-around greenery can be such a mood booster. You might not always be able to get outside and feel mother nature’s effects but you can fill your space with indoor plants for a similar kind of positive effect.

Studies have shown that indoor plants can improve your health in a number of ways. One study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that indoor plants can positively influence everything from cognition to behavior and even blood pressure. Infusing a bit of nature with your home’s decor can elevate your space instantly but, the fact that it has so many added benefits is just the cherry on top.

You don’t have to be a certified plant person to be able to care for your new green friends. Yes, you can have plant decor without having a green thumb. We’ve rounded up indoor plant ideas that are low maintenance, lush and liven up any room. You can also use plant decor as a project to take on with your kids—add plant care to their daily routine with just a few simple steps.

Easy indoor plants

Plants, and greenery in general, can be soothing. They are a balm to your emotional and mental well-being. Even if plants are good for you, we know that adding another thing to care for can make you run in the opposite direction. But fear not, there are plenty of easy indoor plants you can add to your home. With minimal upkeep and kid-friendly options there’s nothing to worry about!

Check out these easy indoor plants that require very little care and are safe to keep around curious kids.

Spider plant

This easy-going plant thrives in indirect light and only needs water every 1-2 weeks. The more sunlight it gets, the more water it needs and vice versa. This low-maintenance plant is a great starter plant to add to your child’s chore list.

Snake plant

Snake plants are tropical plants that are also succulents. All it needs to survive (and thrive) is a little light and some water every 2-3 weeks. The best part? They’re a drought-tolerant plant. Since they don’t need constant care, you can leave it on a bookcase shelf to look pretty and *almost* forget about it.

Pothos plant

Pothos plants can survive in basically any kind of environment. They’re the ideal houseplant because if you forget to water them or even if they don’t get enough light, they’ll still survive. The vines grow fast and long but perch it on a high shelf to keep it out of reach from any curious chompers.

ZZ plant

There are some things in life that can handle neglect and the ZZ plant is one of them. The glossy leaves make it a great statement piece without requiring too much care.

Plant decor to spruce up your space

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Spider Plant Variegated

If you recognize the green and white striped foliage it’s because spider plants are one of the most popular house plants. Easy care and lush greenery will add to any space. Each plant is unique in size and shape. It arrives in a planter of your choice.

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Snake Plant Laurentii

Snake plants are known for their air-purifying capabilities. The vibrant, upright leaves make this a great choice for small spaces. Choose between different sizes and pots and planters in a range of colors to fit any decor theme.

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This low-maintenance plant grows quickly and turns any space into a lush, vibrant green escape. Once grown, the leaves hang down in an attractive vine that’s perfect for a high shelf or a basket hanging from the ceiling.

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ZZ Plant

This hardy plant only needs water every few weeks. The waxy, glossy leaves add a vibrant sheen and a tropical vibe.

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Peace Lily

Peace lilies are the best of both worlds—you get a leafy houseplant and beautiful, year-round white blooms. While they can tolerate low light, more flowers bloom with more light.

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Ficus Elastica Tineke

The Ficus Elastica, also known as the rubber plant, is popular for its beautiful shades of green, yellow and pink. Its easy-going nature makes this a great starter plant for any beginner.


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Bromeliad Guzmania Hope

Bromeliad’s feature striking colors and make cheery houseplants all year long. They thrive in indirect sunlight and they need water every 1-2 weeks. The blooms can be red, maroon, orange, pink or yellow.

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Chinese Money Plant

While we can’t guarantee the Chinese Money plant will bring you good fortune, it’s so pretty you’ll want to keep it around anyway. They’re easy to care for and a popular plant choice for Feng Shui.

Flamingo Flower

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Flamingo Flower

The Flamingo Flower, also called Anthuriums, come in a variety of vibrant, lively colors. They’re low maintenance and they can add a touch of the tropics to your space. They’re also known as the longest blooming houseplant! Each bloom can last up to 8 weeks and new blooms pop up often.

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Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm is reminiscent of an actual palm tree but, it fits inside your house. Their resilient fronds are a perfect fit for your workspace, living space or any room in between. It’s a kid-friendly and pet-friendly option that features air-purifying qualities.

A version of this post was published July 2, 2020. It has been updated.