The 10 Best Office Decor Plants To Increase Employee Productivity

Office workers spend a considerable chunk of their lives in the spaces where they work. Fortunately, office managers, interior designers, operations managers, and even CEOs themselves are realizing the importance of investing in and improving the ambiance of these spaces. 

And, if they know what they’re doing, they’ll be sure to include office decor plants. 

However, improved aesthetics isn’t the only benefit plants can offer to a business. Study after study has revealed the numerous benefits of biophilic design, a design philosophy that seeks to incorporate natural elements such as plants, water, and natural light into our built environments. 

For example, one notable study found a “15% increase in productivity after ‘lean offices’—or workplaces with a desert-like aesthetic—were spruced up with leafy, green plant life.” 

The study monitored employees in three commercial spaces in the U.K. and Netherlands for several weeks. It discovered that incorporating plant life in the offices: 

  • increased workplace satisfaction.
  • heightened self-reported concentration levels.
  • improved perceived air quality.

The 10 Best Office Decor Plants

Since we live and breathe interior plant design over here at Plantique, we thought we’d do a little show-and-tell post about ten of our favorite office decor plants. These plants frequently appear in our designs, harmoniously connecting office workers with nature and increasing ROI for the business as a whole. 

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#1: Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Everyone loves a good snake plant. Their aesthetic alone brings a modern and sophisticated look to any space…but their benefits don’t stop there. Snake plants also improve indoor air quality by absorbing toxins and can convert CO2 to oxygen at night, unlike other plants that only do so during the day.

Growing conditions: Thrives in low light and requires minimal watering.

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#2: ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The lush and leafy ZZ plant is extremely durable and requires little maintenance, making it an ideal choice for office spaces. It also has the ability to store water in its leaves, allowing it to survive prolonged periods without watering.

Growing conditions: Prefers low to bright indirect light and infrequent watering.

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#3: Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

A tropical vine native to the South Pacific islands, a Pothos plant grows long vines, which can be draped or hung around office spaces for a more lush appearance. They’re also excellent for improving air quality and can thrive in a variety of lighting conditions, making them versatile for different office spaces.

Growing conditions: Grows best in moderate to low indirect light and requires watering when the soil is dry.

#4: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

While multiple plants are known for their air-purifying abilities, NASA (you heard that right) ranks spider plants as one of the top plants for removing toxins from office spaces. With their arching leaves and baby spiderettes, they also add interesting visual elements to a space.

Growing conditions: Prefers bright to moderate indirect light and evenly moist soil.

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#5: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Aside from purifying the air, the peace lily’s white flowers brighten office spaces and contribute to a calming atmosphere. Surprisingly, the peace lily is not a true lily and is actually part of the Araceae family, which is known for its hardiness and low maintenance. Though its name is deceptive, we’ll forgive it.

Growing conditions: Thrives in low to moderate light and needs consistently moist soil.

#6: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Trying to reduce noise levels in an open-plan office? Rubber plants, with their large leaves, can help minimize noise so your employees can maintain focus throughout the day. In its native environment, the rubber plant can grow up to 50 feet tall, making it a fitting addition to rooms with tall ceilings.

Growing conditions: Prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions; needs well-draining soil.

#7: Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

From interior designers and bloggers to Instagrammers and renovation TV shows, the fiddle leaf fig is a popular choice for many. Named for its large, glossy, violin-shaped, leaves, the plant is visually striking and can make a space feel more open and clean.

Growing conditions: Prefers bright, indirect light and can be sensitive to overwatering. Well-draining soil is essential.

#8: Philodendron

With its heart-shaped leaves, Philodendrons introduce a soft, welcoming feel to a wide variety of office environments, enhancing the space’s aesthetic and emotional appeal. With over 480 species of philodendron, each with unique characteristics, you’re guaranteed to find a perfect fit to complement your office space.

Growing Conditions: Thrives in medium to bright indirect light and prefers moist, well-draining soil.

#9: Dracaena

Favored by gardeners and landscapers alike, dracaenas can add a sophisticated and tropical look to a space, improving the mood in even the tensest office environments. They’ll also remove harmful chemicals from the air, and some species are known to last for decades!

Growing conditions: Prefers moderate to bright indirect light but can tolerate low light; requires less water than most plants.

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#10 Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

A small and manageable plant that doesn’t get out of control, the bamboo palm can add a lush, tropical feel to spaces. Similar to others on this list, it’s also effective at filtering air pollutants, keeping employees healthy and well.

Growing conditions: Thrives in moderate to bright indirect light and prefers consistently moist soil.

Custom Office Plant Design for Every Space

Having plants in your office, period, is great. But if you want good office plant design, you’ll need to take into account additional factors, such as:

  • The exact plant type and placement to complement your office decor
  • Ensuring good growing conditions for each plant type
  • Daily plant care and upkeep


Custom office decor plant design and ongoing care can be time-consuming, which is why it’s often recommended to hire a professional biophilic design and office plant care company for design, installation, and maintenance.

Plus, professional plant care companies like Plantique regularly partner with interior designers and architects to ensure the plant design matches various office aesthetics and themes. Learn more about our custom design, installation, and plant maintenance programs. 

Advantages of Corporate Plant Rentals

Not quite ready to invest in large-scale plant purchases? There’s also the option of leasing plants for your office.

Plantique’s corporate plant rentals allow you to rent plants versus buying them outright. For certain companies, this can be an ideal option because:

  • There’s no large upfront cost or long-term commitment.
  • Rentals guarantee that your plants are always in good condition and will be swapped out for healthier plants when needed. 
  • The flexibility and convenience can be beneficial to companies still looking to prove a concept, such as startups. 

Whether you’re purchasing or leasing plants, investing in biophilic design for your office is a great way to improve productivity, well-being, aesthetics, and other long-term benefits. 

However, as mentioned, it’s key to partner with an interior plant design company like Plantique to ensure your investment is well cared for. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about what we can do to spruce up your office with leafy, green plant life.