10 Colorful Houseplants

Brighten up your home with these gorgeous colorful indoor plants

Plants with green leaves are beautiful, but if you’re looking for a plant that really stands out, you’re sure to find one in this list of colorful houseplants.

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1. Bromeliads

Bromeliads have colorful, long lasting flowers that are actually modified leaves called bracts.

They’re tropical plants, so they grow well in humid areas and they’re a great plant for the bathroom.

Bromeliads are low maintenance indoor plants that thrive in well-lit spaces, but direct sunlight can burn the leaves. 

They need a well-draining potting mix to avoid rot and during the warmer months their leaves can be misted with water.

Colorful bromeliad flower

2. Calathea

Calathea, also known as Zebra plant or Peacock plant is a beautiful houseplant with striped leaves.

They grow best in warm, humid conditions and they’re sensitive to cold, drafts and temperature fluctuations.

Calathea prefer a well-lit position, away from direct sunlight and their leaves can be misted regularly during hot, dry weather.

They can be divided and re-potted every couple of years.

Calathea plant

3. Coleus (Coleus blumei)

Coleus has stunning foliage in a variety of colors including green, pink, maroon, yellow and red.

There are many different types of Coleus including upright and trailing varieties.

Coleus likes moist but not soggy soil and they prefer a position that is well-lit but away from direct sunlight.

If the leaves fade, it may be because the plant is getting too much sunlight, but if the leaves droop, it may need more light.

It’s best to remove any flowers that appear, because the plant will go to seed and die.

Colorful coleus leaves

4. Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Croton has beautiful foliage in bright colors including pink, orange, yellow, red, white and green.

They like warmth, humidity and a brightly lit spot, so they’re best placed on a window sill.

Croton plants don’t like being moved and can lose their leaves if they’re relocated.

They prefer soil that is moist, but not overly wet and they need to be misted regularly.

Croton plant

5. Nerve Plant (Fittonia)

Nerve plants are beautiful indoor plants with dark green leaves and white, cream or pink veins.

They love constant moisture and humidity, so they’re perfect for the bathroom or a terrarium.

During hot dry weather the leaves can be misted with water.

Nerve plants only grow to about 6 inches (15 cm) tall, but they can be made smaller and bushier by regularly pinching out the stems.

Nerve plant

6. Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia has stunning foliage in a wide variety of patterns and colors including purple, pink, orange, silver, gold and red.

They like well-lit spot that isn’t too hot, and soil that is moist but not too wet.

Rex begonia plant

7. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants have long green and white striped leaves and get their name from the new growth that hangs down from the plant, like spiders.

They’re low maintenance indoor plants that are adaptable different conditions.

Spider plants can be propagated from the mini spider plants they produce by placing them on top of moist soil and they will form roots.

spider plant watering

8. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot plants, also known as Freckle Face plants have foliage in a variety of colors including green, pink, cream, red and burgundy.

They love humidity and grow well in bathrooms or terrariums.

They can be placed on a saucer with water or misted regularly during hot dry weather.

Polka dot houseplant

9. Ti Plant (Cordyline minalis)

Hawaiian Ti plants are available in a wide variety of colors including red, brown, green, pink and purple.

They’re a tropical plant, so they love humidity and they grow best in bright, indirect light.

Fluoride is mildly toxic to Ti plants and causes browning of the leaves, so it’s best to use filtered, bottled or rain water to water them. [1]

Ti plants will fade if they don’t get enough light, if the temperature is too cold, or if they need fertilizer.

Hawaiian Ti plant

10. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallid

Wandering Jew is a beautiful indoor plant with striped colourful leaves.

They grow well in a hanging basket, or placed on top of a bookcase or shelf.

Wandering Jew plants need bright, indirect light. The leaves can fade if they don’t receive enough light.

They prefer soil that is slightly moist, but it’s best not to water directly into the crown as it can cause the plant to rot.

Wandering jew plant

These colorful indoor plants would be a beautiful addition to any room in your home.


Do you have any of these colorful houseplants at home? Let me know in the comments below

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Kelly Martin

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. CherishingFlo

    I absolutely love the way the calathea looks!!! These are all some gorgeous houseplants tho! I don’t think I’m responsible enough to keep a houseplant in the house.

  2. Stacie

    I love houseplants. They’re such a great way to add color and interest to the home. I have a couple in my living room.

  3. Blairvillanueva

    These are awesome idea but I realized I couldn’t find this from our local plant nursery shop. I would love these in my home.

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    My sister and I just went house plant shopping last Sunday and we got a Polka Dot plant and a Wandering Jew plant. Oh they are so lovely! I would like to get some bromeliads next time!

  5. Monidipa Dutta

    I had seen all these plants but there r certain plants whose name I didn’t know until now. May be some day I will get them too.

  6. Heather

    We were just discussing how we need more live plants in our home. This helps me with choosing some!

  7. Surekha Busa

    Oh I knew a person who would really love indoor plants like this.. I personally love Calathea, it looks so colorful..!

  8. I have so many houseplants! I absolutely adore them. I have a spiderplant. But I don’t have anything else on this list! I’ll have to add to my plant family. Thank you for sharing ♡

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