You walk into someone's home. What’s the first thing you see? The hallway. That’s why getting your hallway game right is essential and it all starts with hallway plants!
There’s no better way to amp up your interior vibes than with a couple of houseplants and the hallway is no exception. But, when you want to make the right first impression, it can be hard to pick the right plant for the job… And, with hallways often being low light areas and requiring a hallway plant that can cope with these conditions, this job just got a little more difficult.
That’s where we come in! We’re here to give you the inside scoop about all the best low maintenance hallway plants that will brighten up your corridors for good! Here’s everything you need to know about hallway plants, including the 10 best plants for hallways.
10 best plants for hallways:
As soon as you decide to level up your hallway game with a hallway plant, there are some key questions you need to ask yourself to pick the perfect choice.
1. How much light does my hallway have?
Whenever you pick a plant, you first need to think about where it is going to go, and how much light there is in that spot. Some plants can thrive with little sun, but others need a hefty burst of all-day rays to stay healthy. Generally, hallways aren’t renowned for being sunspots, so, we normally advise going for a hardwearing hallway plant that doesn’t need much maintenance. However, if you have more light in your hallway, keep your options open!
2. Where do I want to put my plant?
Where you want to position your plant will affect the kind of plant you should go for. If you have an empty corner and are looking for a statement piece, a freestanding plant is the one for you. But, if you are looking for the perfect greenery to adorn your side table or shelf, then a side table plant or a hanging plant will be the best plant for your hallway!
3. What kind of plant vibe do I want to go for?
Whether you are looking to make a statement or go for an understated number, a colourful piece or an exotic flourish, there is a houseplant out there for every vibe. So, it’s important that you pick the right one for you (and your hallway).
With all this in mind, we have come up with our 10 absolute favourite hallway plants for you to pick from. They’re all low-maintenance and selected to suit different areas in your house. All you need to do is decide which one you love the most!
Let’s start with freestanding plants…
1. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
The ornamental Kentia Palm is the perfect leafy houseplant to add an exotic statement to your hallway. Reaching up to 115 cm, this plant cannot be missed and has the power to transform your hallway space. With its lively green leaves and tall stems, it’s guaranteed to bring a fresh burst of energy into your hallway. And, the best news is this plant is pretty low-maintenance. While this plant can’t thrive with no light, it can survive in low light conditions and will grow best in medium light conditions!
2. Lucky Bamboo ‘Gold‘ (Dracaena sanderiana ‘Gold’)
The Lucky Bamboo ‘Gold’ is the ultimate dark hallway plant. Why? Because, with its twisted stem and bright green colour, its exuberance will bring life to any dark spot. Oh, and it’s also extremely hard wearing and can thrive fantastically in dark environments. Growing to around 35 cm in height, this is the perfect choice to zhush up, but not overwhelm, your hallway space.
3. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
If you are looking for a low-maintenance hallway plant, the Cast Iron Plant is another great option - the clue is in the name… Cast iron. This pet-friendly plant will maintain its glossy green leaves, all year round, no matter how dark it gets! Growing up to 60 cm, this medium-sized freestanding plant is a classic favourite that ticks all the right boxes.
4. Calathea Maui (Calathea Maui ‘Queen’)
Add some depth to your hallway with the Calathea Maui. With purple and green, feather patterned leaves that open and close at dawn and dusk, this 80 cm tropical plant is guaranteed to catch the eye.
This plant is a little higher maintenance than the other plants we have mentioned, but it can still thrive in a hallway environment. This plant copes in low light but after long periods it will start to fail, as it needs to sense a shift in light in order to raise its leaves up and down. So, if your hallway is always dark, this plant may be better elsewhere. It is also an excellent air purifier!
5. Dinner Plate Aralia ‘Balfour’ (Polyscias Balfour)
Bring the outside in with the Dinner Plate Aralia ‘Balfour’. With long brown stems and flourishing foliage, this tree-like houseplant really brings a sense of nature into your home. Growing up to 100 cm with yellowish-green leaves, it makes a statement, and it is happy to adapt to different light conditions, including your lower-light hallway!
What is a good plant for a side table?
6. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)
Famous for its incredibly glossy oval-shaped leaves, the ZZ Plant is luxurious and opulent and will add a touch of class to your hallway space. The best part? Totally tough and about as versatile as it gets, this hardwearing plant will survive in any conditions except direct sunlight. It boasts lush foliage all year round and makes a perfect hallway plant. Growing up to around 35 cm, this plant will sit perfectly on your side table.
7. Moonshine Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Looking for a touch of class? With its broad slick silver-green leaves, the Moonshine Snake Plant will bring elegance to your hallway. Growing up to around 40 cm, this plant will be the star of your side table and only requires minimal care and medium light. Anything less than medium light will mean its leaves will lose their silvery colour, so this is the perfect hallway plant for a medium-light corridor! The best part? This Snake Plant is a powerful air purifier, absorbing poisonous substances in the air and creating the perfect ‘welcome home’ freshness.
8. Philodendron ‘Green Princess’
Alternatively, if you are looking for something small and stylish to add just a pop of green to your hallway space, the Philodendron ‘Green Princess’ may be the ideal plant for you. Growing to a maximum of 20-25 cm, this plant boasts oval glossy leaves. It’s a simple addition to any space. All it needs is a regular misting to survive lower light conditions!
Or, maybe a hanging plant is the one for you?
9. Blue Star Fern (Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’)
If floor space is a priority in your hallway space, opting for a hanging plant may be the best way to make a statement while maintaining practicality. With blue-green crinkly leaves, the Blue Star Fern may be the hallway plant for you. With exciting foliage that spills out of the pot, this low maintenance fern is a plant for plant-lovers, and it couldn’t be easier to care for in low light conditions!
10. Pleated Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’)
Widely loved for its legendary crinkled leaves, the Pleated Bird’s Nest Fern is a small (20 cm) green plant with a big personality. It’s perfect for injecting a pump of energy into a small space! And, again, it is robust and sturdy, making it well-prepared to deal with the low-light conditions in your hallway.
All in all
So, we think we can all agree. Hallway plants are a must-have! The question is, with so many great options, what’s the best plant for your hallway? Well, with these 10 great options, all guaranteed to brighten up your hallway space, it’s up to you to pick a favourite. All you need to do is figure out exactly what kind of hallway plant you are after, and then you will be ready to choose your new leafy friend.
And, don’t worry, we are certain that any one of these 10 options is guaranteed to impress your guests as soon as they walk through the door!