7 Best Low Light Houseplants To Brighten Your Room

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When you walk through the houseplant section of your local hardware store, you may think that you don’t have enough natural light to support a living plant. Don’t despair, there are plenty of houseplants out there that thrive in low light conditions. Houseplants aren’t just a great way to freshen and clean air in your home, they also provide visual interest and texture. And houseplants are perfect for filling those pesky empty corners and funky spaces that you don’t quite know how to design. Add houseplants to your home, they will brighten your room and amp up your design. Here are some of the best low light houseplants to choose.

Snake Plants (Sansevieria)

Snake plants are one of the most popular choices for houseplants, and with good reason. Snake plants are easy to care for, they don’t need much light, they don’t need much water, and they don’t have insect infestation problems.

Pop them in an area that gets indirect sunlight and water them once in a while and you are good to go. Make sure to pot them with a free-draining soil so the roots don’t rot and don’t water them too often.

Additionally, snake plants are awesome to look at. They have long, tall leaves in varying shades of green. Some varieties have leaves that are bordered in yellow or white, some are tinged red, and some even display beautiful twisted leaves. A perfect plant for the negligent indoor gardener, stunning looks and doesn’t mind getting a little dried out once in a while!

  • Description: Has tall, upright leaves that has green with yellow or white edges.
  • Care: Very low maintenance, can survive with little light and infrequent watering.

(Buy a Snake plant at Amazon)


Ferns are another good choice for indoor plants, especially in a bathroom where they can get the humidity they need. Although they are low-light, they do need afternoon or morning exposure to sunlight, so pop them in front of a window that will get a little exposure every day. Ferns don’t like strong, hot sunlight though, so don’t let them sit in front of a window that gets all day exposure, especially in the summer!

Ferns give you lush, full greenery that lends a sense of woodland whimsy to your space. They are a cheerful, easy to care for plant that will add a lot of visual splendor wherever you chose to display them. Some of the best ferns for indoors are the Maidenhair fern (Adiantum), Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), Silver Brake (Pteris cretica), Bird’s nest (Asplenium nidus), Kangaroo paw (Microsorum diversifolium) and Button fern (Pellaea rotundifolia).

  • Description: Has delicate, feathery fronds.
  • Care: Prefer consistently moist soil and higher humidity levels.

(Buy a Maidenhair fern at Amazon)


Philodendron low light indoor plantPhilodendrons are a classic indoor plant and have been a must have for indoor gardeners for decades, if not longer. Their beautiful heart, shaped leaves and leggy vines make for a green paradise wherever it is planted. When placed close to a window but safely away from direct sunlight, they thrive and grow without fail. They need regular watering, but let the top inch or so of soil dry out between watering days so that it doesn’t get waterlogged.

You can take cuttings from Philodendrons and start new plants in budding vases or even just a glass of water. Philodendrons are often confused with Pothos, as they have similar looking leaves. It is important to be sure that you have the right plant as Pothos are toxic and can harm pets and young children.

  • Description: Has large, heart-shaped leaves and trailing vines.
  • Care: Tolerant of low light and require minimal watering.

(Buy this Philodendron houseplant at Amazon)


Anthurium indoor houseplantThe Anthurium, with its broad, deep green leaves and red, pink, or white blooms only looks like a high-maintenance exotic luxury! In reality, this plant is an easy to care for must have in the well-designed home. In super low light situations, these plants will grow slower and flower less but they will not die off.

The best situation for them is indirect light, near a window, but not in front of it. Water it when the soil is dry to the touch to keep it happy and lightly fertilize a few times a year for a happy plant. Put into a pot that you grabbed on a trip to Spain or in a plain pot that you put into a large basket for a striking focal point.

  • Description: Has glossy green leaves and bright, colorful flowers.
  • Care: Prefers indirect light and needs even, moist soil.

(Buy an Anthurium houseplant at Amazon)

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo indoor houseplantI would be remiss if I were to neglect our old friend, the Lucky Bamboo. They like indirect light and are ridiculously easy to care for.Some people think its an indoor tree, but it’s really a type of quick growing grass or Poaceae.

As all bamboo, these are fast growers and you can prune them back if they are getting too tall for our space. Lucky Bamboo can be purchased braised, in water or rocks, twisted, and even woven like a mini bamboo wall. They add texture and interest and are small enough to be used as a tabletop plant or even be placed on a shelf.

Care is simple, just keep the roots in fresh, clean water and the stems and leaves above the water. If you are growing water only, change it out every few weeks to prevent root rot. Lucky Bamboo is often given as a housewarming gift but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a few to bring good fortune to your own home!

  • Description: Not actually bamboo, with stalks that can be trained into various shapes.
  • Care: Thrives in low light and can be grown in water or soil.

(Buy a Lucky Bamboo houseplant at Amazon)

Peace lily indoor houseplantPeace Lily

Peace Lilies, known in some circles as closet plants because of their tolerance for low light, are a beautiful choice for a houseplant. With wide, shiny, dark green foliage and beautiful white blooms, they are elegant and classy and really do bring a sense of peace to your space.

Keep dust at bay by wiping down the leaves a couple of times a year and water them only when the soil is dry to the touch. Lilies in very low light situations won’t bloom much, allowing the plants foliage to really shine. These beauties really send out the welcome wagon when placed on a side table in a guest room.

  • Description: Has glossy, dark green leaves and white, hooded flowers.
  • Care: Likes low light and needs to be watered regularly.

(Buy this Peace Lily plant at Amazon)

Cast Iron Plant

Cast iron indoor houseplantAnother fantastic low light plant is the Cast Iron Plant. It is easy to care for and really asserts itself visually, with thick, dark leaves. It is a great backdrop for creating a grounded, earthy feeling in a space.

The Cast Iron Plant is a slow grower, not susceptible to disease or insects, and isn’t fussy about watering or light. The full height is about two feet when fully grown and it looks great against the variegated greens of a snake plant when placed in a multi-plant arrangement.

  • Description: Has large, dark green leaves.
  • Care: Very tolerant of low light and occasional watering, making it ideal for beginners.

(Buy a Cast Iron plant at Amazon)

These are just a few of the most popular low light houseplants that are available. Each one lends something a little bit different, whether it is long, tall leaves, beautiful blooms, or delicately vining tendrils, houseplants are just good design. Even if you live in an apartment with just one lonely window, you can still enjoy the clean, fresh air and natural beauty that a houseplant provides.

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