Keep in mind that light is an essential factor for every plant - it’s the energy that plants use to photosynthesize. So, think about the space you want your botanical friend to live in.
Option 1: A room without windows
To grow a plant in a place which provides no sunlight is difficult, but possible. You may want to decorate your basement or office with plants. For example, in a dark hallway or basement, installing a full spectrum indoor grow light can create an energy source for your plants. Commercial office buildings often use fluorescent lamps, which may be sufficient to support low-light tolerant plants.
Plants to pay attention to: Pothos, ZZ plant, Snake plant, Chinese evergreen, Spider plant, Dracaena fragrans, Prayer plant, Peace Lily.
Option 2: A room with direct sunlight
When buying a plant, check how much sunlight it needs as well as how intensely the light is passing through your windows.Some plants can withstand direct sunlight from a south window throughout the day, while others are more sensitive to intense light, preferring indirect soft sunlight from an east window.
Use a compass (your smartphone probably has an app for this) to determine the true direction of your room window. If you find your window facing south, colorful plants like cacti and succulents can be a good addition to your space. Another option is to install a sheer curtain to diffuse the intense light so that the plant with moderate lighting needs can enjoy the space too.
Plants to pay attention to:
Northern window – Chinese evergreen, Peace lily, Pothos, Peace Lily, Moth Orchid, Philodendron, Swiss Cheese plant, Nerve plant, Pinstrope Calathe
Eastern window – Prayer plant, Fiddle-leaf fig, Peperomia plant, Angel Wing Begonia, Fan palm, Dumb Cane, Corn plant, Rubber tree, Radiator plant.
Western window – Bird of Paradise, Croton, Zebra plant, Parlor palm, Ti plant, Jade plant
Southern window – Cacti and succulents, Aloe vera, Garden croton, String of pearls, Sweet basil.