10 Colorful Houseplants to Brighten Up Your Home

Colorful Houseplants

If your living space looks a bit dull, you’ll want to add more color to it, you can do this easily with bold, bright flowers and plants.

The beauty about using plants to invigorate your home’s interior design is that they don’t have to cost a lot of money, and you can find compact, small plants that don’t take up much space so they’re ideal for tiny homes.

Read on to see ten of the most beautiful colorful houseplants and find out how to look after them so they always look striking. 

Our Picks for the Most Beautiful Colorful Houseplants 

When picking plants with more color for your home, you have to also know how to take good care of them. Ultimately, you want to maintain their vibrant color and ensure they thrive for years to come. That’s why, in addition to listing ten of the most beautiful colorful houseplants, we’ll tell you how to properly take care of them. Here we go!

1. African Violet

African Violet

With its blue, pink, white, or purple flowers, the African Violet flowering plant will add a beautiful touch to your home, especially since it can flower for many months at a time when given the correct care. Although their flowers are so striking, these plants also have velvety green leaves that make them look amazing.

When looking after African Violets, make sure their soil is slightly moist. Avoid giving them too much water because they can easily get root rot which can be fatal. They also want bright, indirect light so that their leaves won’t get burned. 

By properly looking after this beautiful houseplant, you’ll encourage it to produce blooms for almost the entire year, so you won’t have to worry about having a flower-less home. 

2. Anthurium

Anthurium Color

Originating from northern South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, Anthurium comes in bright colors, such as white, green, and red. This plant has a unique appearance, with waxy, heart-shaped waxy leaves that are actually its “flowers.” 

Keep your anthurium in an area of the home where it gets bright but indirect light. This is essential to ensure that its leaves don’t become green as a result of not having the right intensity and duration of light. 

Plant it in soil that’s well-draining and coarse. When watering the plant, wait for the top of the soil to feel dry before watering, which should take a few days to a week. Anthurium also wants high temperatures and humidity, so place it in an area of the home that provides between 65 and 85°F (18.3-29.4°C).

If your anthurium plant isn’t blooming as much as it used to, this could be an indication that its pot is too small. You should re-pot it every few years so that its roots can continue to grow and provide the plant with enough nutrition so that it can produce flowers. 

3. Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

If you love unique flowering plants that provide lots of colors, you can get a Bird of Paradise. Originating from the subtropical coastal regions of southern Africa, this plant gets its name because it has bright flowers that fan out and look like a bird’s head. 

It has orange petals on the top that are actually its modified petals, with the true petals being the blue parts of the flower. But it’s not just its flowers that are so striking. The plant’s tropical foliage comes in a blue-green color that makes the flowers even more dramatic. 

To care for your Bird of Paradise, give it directly, bright sunlight so that it blooms, but shield it against the harsh afternoon sun. Well-draining soil is essential, and make sure that its pot has drainage holes so that water doesn’t sit in the pot. If it gets too much water, the plant’s leaves will turn brown. 

4. Coleus

Coleus Colors Variations

Because of their striking appearance, coleus plants will cause visitors to do a double-take. These plants, which are native to southeast Asia all the way to Australia, have leaves that vary in color and style. They can be purple, yellow, brown, or green. Some varieties even boast beautiful red leaves. Their leaf patterns can display edging, spots, or splashes of color.

Different varieties will require different amounts of light. Older varieties can grow in half-shade to full-shade conditions, while modern ones will require full-sun conditions.

Coleus requires a pot with drainage holes. Fill its pot with a quality potting mix. Let its soil dry out between waterings, and only water it when the surface inch (2.54cm) of soil is dry. You can apply mulch to help the soil preserve more moisture, but avoid cedar mulch because this is poisonous for the plant. 

5. Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant Color Variations

Although this houseplant rarely blooms, you won’t worry about that because its leaves are so beautiful. Nerve plant has deep green leaves that are veined in different colors, such as silver, pink, white, green, and red.

If you own a colorful nerve plant, keep it away from dark areas of the home as this will cause its color to fade. Nerve plants want bright, indirect sun and well-draining potting soil. Allow its soil to dry out between waterings. 

Nerve plants also crave high-humidity conditions that mimic what they’d experience in the South American rainforests, so ensure that you mist them regularly. This prevents the plants from becoming too dry. 

6. Purple Velvet Plant

Purple Velvet Plant

As its name suggests, this flowering plant boasts a gorgeous purple color. It has serrated green leaves covered in soft purple hairs that give it an eye-catching appearance. It looks vibrant when placed in an area of the home where it will be noticed, such as in hanging baskets.

Although the plant will produce small flowers, they don’t smell pleasant, so you’ll want to remove them as soon as they appear.

Purple Velvet plants, which originated in Java, are easy to maintain. They thrive in bright, indirect light. When watering them, avoid getting water on their leaves, as this can cause them to become saturated and soggy. Aim to water your plants regularly to keep their soil moist. Reduce how regularly you water them during the winter to prevent root rot. 

7. Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant Indoor

This striking houseplant that hails from South America is one of the most beautiful tropical plants. It has colorful veins, and some species display amazing patterns and colors. For example, the tricolor variety has deep green leaves with yellow down the middle and red veins reaching up to the margin.

Interestingly, it’s called the Prayer Plant because its leaves remain flat during the day and fold up to mimic praying hands.

Keep your Prayer Plant in areas of the home that receive indirect sunlight because its leaves will burn or fade in color if it gets direct light. Its beautiful leaves can also become brown if the plant gets too much light. This plant likes humidity, so keep it in a humid area of the home like the kitchen or bathroom. You can also mist it daily.

Water your Prayer Plant every week or two. Let its soil dry out a bit between waterings. 

8. Canna Lily

Colors of Canna Lily

This beautiful tropical and subtropical flowering plant that comes from North and South America has large leaves and can be variegated with purple or red. In some varieties, the leaves are striped.

Canna lilies display stunning flowers in colors such as red, orange, pink, or yellow – the yellow canna lilies are especially gorgeous if you want a cheerful addition to the home. 

Canna lilies want to be in full-sun conditions so that they grow. However, if you’re keeping them in a bright, sunny area, you want to protect them from the harsh sun in the afternoons, as this will ensure their flowers remain on the plant for longer. Indoors, give the plant at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.

Plant these flowers in moist, rich soil and water it enough so that the soil stays moist. You should increase your watering schedule during very hot summers; otherwise, dehydration will cause their beautiful leaves to crack. 

9. Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

This perennial plant has leaves with tiny pink and green spots on them. You can find varieties that are mottled or spotted with colors such as white, purple, and red. In some varieties, the Polka Dot plant also displays colorful branches and stems. 

This plant, which is native to Madagascar, wants bright, indirect light. It will display its beautiful color when placed in half-shade conditions, but it still needs bright light; otherwise, its color will start to fade.

The Polka Dot Plant requires temperatures that are around 75°F (24°C), so give it a warm and humid spot in the home. To increase its humidity, place its pot or container in a humidity tray. A DIY humidity tray is basically a tray filled with clay pebbles and filled with water. 

Ensure the plant has well-draining soil. Water it when the top half-inch (1.27cm) of its soil feels dry. 

10. Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia

This houseplant, which is native to southern China, Vietnam, and northeastern India, displays green-silver leaves that can be up to six inches (15.24cm) long. They have medium-green edges, with some varieties displaying red or green veins. Rex Begonia comes in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns.

Some of the most attractive Rex Begonia varieties include:

  • Red Kiss Rex Begonia. This variety displays purple-black leaves with red rings on them. 
  • Salsa Rex Begonia. It has gorgeous silver-green leaves with dark burgundy areas of color. 
  • Silver Limbo Rex Begonia. It has metallic silver leaves with reddish-purple backsides.
  • Tornado Rex Begonia. This exotic variety has dark green foliage with splashes of bronze, silver, and dark purple. 

Rex Begonia wants bright, indirect light throughout the year. Ensure you rotate its pot regularly so that all parts of the plant will get enough sunlight. 

Water your plant whenever its soil feels dry. It wants 50% humidity, so you can mist it to increase its humidity level. However, don’t let the leaves stay wet as this can cause fungal diseases.

To maintain the colorful appearance of your Bex Regonia’s leaves, keep the plant at temperatures of approximately 60 °F (15°C) at night and 70°F (21°C) during the day. 


If you’re looking for colorful houseplants to invigorate your living space, you should consider purchasing some of the houseplants we’ve featured in this guide. From stunning blooms to statement foliage, these plants will provide a unique and bold splash of color to your home.


About The Author

Gina Harper grew up dreaming about farms and growing her own food. She began an urban garden to feed herself and turned it into an incredible hobby. Gina is here to teach you everything from raised beds to container gardening, how to keep plants alive and well in a smoggy city, and the works. It’s time that we carve our own piece of green earth and reap what we sow—she’s here to help you with that.