25 Gorgeous Coffee Table Plants to Transform Your Living Room Decor!

Written by: Yuvika Iyer

Published on: Nov 19, 2020

25 Gorgeous Coffee Table Plants to Transform Your Living Room Decor!

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Last Updated on November 30, 2020 by Yuvika Iyer

Plants elevate the finesse of your interior décor by adding nature’s Midas touch to it. You can place the lovely indoor plants everywhere in your home.

However, if you want to flaunt the gorgeous houseplants that you have, your coffee table is the place to consider.

Let’s explore the 25 coffee table plant ideas that are perfect to jazz up your coffee table décor!

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These spiky little cuties are perfect for your coffee table. Cacti are highly resilient and can thrive can less water and filtered sunlight.

At the outset of Spring and Summer, they can brighten up your home with beautiful blooms.

Cactus-Coffee Table Plants

Cacti come in different varieties, shapes, and sizes. You can choose the cactus that matches your style and preferences.

Keeping cacti on the coffee table can harness positive chi by eliminating the negative energy. Cacti is one of the most coveted outdoor coffee table plants.

Read more: Cactus Care 101 -Easy Cactus Care Guide for Beginners!


Aloe is commonly known as Aloe Vera and is usually grown in tropical climates. It can withstand varied light exposure and long dry patches.

Traditionally Aloe has been used in Ayurveda and Alternative medicine in Asian countries.

Aloe Vera-Coffee Table Plants

Aloe is widely acclaimed for its potent curative properties. You can use Aloe gels to soothe minor cuts, burns, treat skin itchiness, and irritation.

Regular intake of Aloe juice is great for your gut health. A cute-looking Aloe can instantly elevate the persona of your coffee table.

Jade Plant

Jade Plant is an African native best known for its thick reddish stem and small fleshy leaves.

It’s a common houseplant across the world. Jade is a Feng-shui approved plant. It attracts positive energy and is popularly known as Money Tree.

Jade Plant-Coffee Table Plants

Jade leaves can be green or variegated (splashes of green and light yellow). Jade can easily withstand dry spells. Never overwater your Jade as it can be fatal. Water only when it is absolutely necessary, or the potting media feels arid. 

For vivid coloration and faster growth, fertilize your plant once a month in Spring and Summer. Your Jade should have white or pink flowers with proper light, heat, and fertilization. A Jade plant will look surreal on your coffee table.

Read more: 10 Best Air Purifying Plants for Feng Shui (names of plants with pictures!)


Succulents are one of the most beautiful plant species in the world. The fleshy and thick leaves can retain moisture for a long time.

Unlike other houseplants, succulents can thrive in little watering and maintenance like its big brother Cacti.

Succulents-Coffee Table Plants

These beauties can survive in low light but need bright light to thrive. Let the colored one soak in morning and evening sunlight, and greener ones enjoy the dappled sunlight.

Pair rosette-like succulents with different sized cacti and make your coffee table look stunning.


Moss has gained prominence all over the world for its unique look and high drought tolerance capacity.

Who wouldn’t want to read the morning newspaper while sipping favorite brew in the fresh air?

Moss-Coffee Table Plants

Yes, Moss has this uncanny habit of pulling the pollutants in, converting them into oxygen, and releasing them into the indoor air.

You can grow moss balls of different shapes and sizes in cute terrariums and adorn your coffee table.

Read more: 9 Best Houseplants that Produce the Most Oxygen

Baby Rubber Plant

Peperomia Obtusifolia is fondly known as Baby Rubber Plant for its small rubber plant like leaf shapes. It releases a high amount of oxygen in the indoor air, thus making it healthier and breathable.

High Oxygen content eliminates mold spores and bacteria.

Baby Rubber Plant-Coffee Table Plants

People with asthma can find some relief from their symptoms by keeping Baby Rubber Plants at home.  Being a South American native, Baby Rubber Plants thrive in high humidity and indirect light.

Want a plant for dining table? A baby rubber plant is just right as its small and cute to freshen up your dining table decor!

Allow its potting mix to dry out between watering, and your plant will stay in great shape. The compact size and gorgeous leaves of Baby Rubber Plant make it a leading contender for your coffee table.

Read more: 9 Best Houseplants that Produce the Most Oxygen

Air Plants

Air Plants or Tillandsias maintains a steady flow of clean air inside your home. These amazing plants can grow in zero soil, preferably on a rocky or wooden surface, or you can hang them on the wall.

Air Plants-Coffee table Plants

Light watering ideal for your plant’s health. You should regularly mist your air plant to maintain its moisture level.

Air plants draw vital nutrients from airborne particulates and keep the air clean in the process. If you are looking for a small indoor plant, an air plant is perfect to grow indoors.

They thrive under bright and indirect sunlight, or fluorescent grow light inside your home. Air plants are slow-growing epiphytes and need a surface to cling on.

String of Pearls

String of Pearls is a beautiful succulent with pearl-like leaves. This plant is a Southwest African native and thrives in bright light. Keep your pearl on an elevated platform to make the branches cascade downwards.

String of Pearls-Coffee table Plants

Your coffee table or work desk will perk up by this brilliantly cascading plant.

Make sure to expose your String of Pearls to the right climatic condition for faster growth. 2-3 hours of direct sun and maintaining a long gap between watering is the key to get a healthy plant.

String of Pearls may have tiny white blooms in the spring if infrequently watered in the winter.  String of Pearl is toxic to pets, and small kids, so keep them away.

Sedum Makinoi (also known as Stonecrop)

Sedum Makinoi is a drought-tolerant succulent that can thrive in low or no maintenance. It’s fleshy, semi-glossy leaves and dense foliage can spruce up even the most inhospitable terrains.

Sedum Makinoi-Coffee Table Plants

The leaves form a rosette and look super-cool on your coffee table. Succulent enthusiasts and hobbyists lovingly call it Stonecrop as only stone needs lesser care than this plant.

Stonecrop loves to soak in full sun for at least 4-5 hours and requires little watering. It also needs a porous potting mix with excellent drainage to be in its best shape. This lovely coffee table plant will surely enhance the X-factor of your coffee table decor.

Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair is a small-leafed fern that prefers dappled sunlight so place your plant near an east-facing window. Direct mid-morning or afternoon sun may burn its leaves. East facing window is the best spot to place your Maidenhair.

Maidenhair Fern-Coffee Table Plants

This plant has been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicinal streams for millennia and treating acute respiratory issues. Maidenhair is also known as five-finger ferns for its finger-like leaf pattern.

These plants need more moisture than other tropical houseplants. Use a well-draining potting mix and good drainage for your Maidenhair fern.

Never repot your finger fern frequently and use a smaller container to grow indoors. Maidenhair can be your perfect coffee table companion owing to its unusually fuzzy look.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are commonly found in Africa and some parts of Asia. It’s an easy-to-grow plant that will look great on your coffee table.

As the plant matures, small spiderttes will pop out, and the entire plant will look like a beautiful cobweb.

Spider plants-Coffee Table Plants

Spider plants help you breathe fresh air by eliminating toxins from the indoor air. Even if your pet nibbles on your spider plant, it will have no side-effect. ASPCA, known as American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has suggested that Spider Plants are non-toxic to pets.

Read more: Top 20 Indoor Plants Safe For Cats And Dogs

Blushing Bromeliad

Blushing Bromeliad is mesmerizingly beautiful simply because of its color contrast. The plant’s center becomes red before flowering and looks as if it’s blushing.

Blushing Bromeliad-Coffee Table Plants

If your coffee table is positioned near the south or west-facing windows, Blushing Bromeliad is “the plant to keep”. This amazing beauty will instantly make you smile with its vivid coloration.

Snake plant

Sansevieria Trifasciata or Snake plant is one of the hardiest houseplants to consider for your coffee table.

Plant enthusiasts and hobbyists lovingly call it Mother in Law’s tongue owing to its forky and upright leaves.

Snake Plant-Coffee Table Plants

Snake plants can tolerate varying light conditions but thrive in bright and indirect light. The unique leaves of your snake plant will brighten up the look of your coffee table. You can also opt for a dwarf snake plant variety for your small tabletop.

Read more: Top 10 Indoor plants for clean air

Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose can be the show stopper by instantly cheering up your dull-looking coffee table. It’s closely related to the African Violet family and stands out amongst other plants with its velvety leaves and beautiful blooms.

Cape Primrose-Coffee Table Plants

Cape Primrose will add to the grandeur of your coffee table. You simply need to provide morning sunlight and bright indirect light throughout the day for its faster growth. 

Your Primrose will flower for many months if you keep the soil moist and place your plant near a brightly lit window.

Asparagus fern

The fuzzy leaves and feathery foliage of your Asparagus fern will look perfect on your coffee table. It will thrive in excess humidity, indirect or dappled sunlight, and a well-draining potting mix.

Asparagus Fern-Cofee Table Plants

Asparagus fern doesn’t like to sit in soggy soil. Water only when you spot wilting leaves as overwatering may be fatal for your plant.

Boston Fern

If you want to add a green thumb to your coffee table, Boston fern is the one to consider. It’s a perfect candidate for growing indoors and thrive with regular misting and watering.

Plant your Boston fern in a decorative ceramic pot and sprinkle colorful pebbles on the topsoil to make it look more beautiful.

Boston Fern-Coffee Table Plants

Boston fern thrives in excess humidity, well-draining potting mix, and indirect sunlight. Just imagine sipping your favorite hot drink and enjoying the sight of your green and beautiful Boston fern.

Grape Hyacinth

Grape hyacinth can instantly light up your mood with clustery blue or purple bead-like flowers. Grape hyacinth doesn’t grow well in extreme weather. Too much heat or cold can be fatal for the plant.

Grape Hyacinth-Coffee Table Plants

Position your coffee table in a place that receives partial sunlight. Moderately water your plant with occasional misting to keep your Hyacinth in the best shape.

African Violet

Like Primrose or other flowering perennials, African Violet is ideal for growing indoors under bright and indirect light. It is considered to be the prom queen of coffee table plants.

African Violets-Coffee Table Plants

African Violets are found in different colors ranging from Violet, pink, white, and lavender. You can use small contrasting pots to plant African Violets to make your coffee table look resplendent when they bloom.

African violets are picky when it comes to watering. Remember only to water the base and not the foliage. African Violets with dark green foliage need brighter light than the light green ones.

Lucky Bamboo

Had it been a popular or critic’s choice award for plants, Lucky Bamboo would have definitely got one. It’s a true show-off on your coffee table. It brings good luck and fortune as per Feng Shui by eliminating negative energy.

Lucky Bamboo-Coffeee Table Plants

Lucky bamboo looks its best in ceramic and glass bowl and thrive with little or no maintenance. Create the first layer of pebbles in the pot, set your bamboo in an upright position, and then add another layer to cover its roots. Finally, add water up to the starting point of roots.

Position your coffee table near the east-facing window and let your lucky bamboo get sufficient morning sunlight. Add filtered or rainwater, and remember to change it every 10 to 15 days to keep your plant healthy and hearty.

Read more: 10 Best Air Purifying Plants for Feng Shui (names of plants with pictures!)

Indoor Bonsai Plants

Indoor Bonsai and coffee tables are the perfect match. You don’t need a matchmaker, LOL! Converting a large plant into bonsai is difficult and requires patience, perseverance, knowledge, and experience. Some popular ones for your coffee tables are Ficus, Buxus, and Jade.

Indoor Bonsai-Coffee Table Plants

While growing bonsai on the coffee table, you should give them adequate light exposure. Giving them adequate morning sunlight and indirect light throughout the day is key for its growth. Use well-draining potting mix and water when the soil is dry.

Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot is one of the sweetest looking plants in the houseplant family. The beautiful red, lavender, pink, and white dots on its leaves makes them stand out in the crowd.

Polka Dot Plant-Coffee Table Plants

You can group different colored polka dots to enhance beauty. Give your plant lots of indirect sunlight and moist soil to thrive. Keep misting your Polka dots in the dry month for added moisture.


Pothos is one of the most stunning and durable houseplant varieties. They belong to the Araceae family. Pothos can tolerate low light conditions and even grow in the dark corners of your living room.

Pothos-Coffee Table Plants

Its cascading look will make your coffee table look elegant. However, for vivid colorations, it’s best to place your Pothos in bright and filtered sunlight.

You should use a well-draining potting mix comprising coco peat to plant your Pothos. It’s a NASA recommended air purifying houseplant but toxic to pets, so keep them away.

Read more: Top 10 Indoor plants for clean air

Prayer Plant

Maranta Leuconeura or Prayer Plant is one of the most beautiful indoor plants you should consider for your coffee table. Its leaves are like a fine work of art with prominent red veins on its light or dark green leaf blade.

Prayer Plant-Coffee Table Plants

Prayer plant follows a day-night cycle and closes its leaves once dusk sets in. Maranta is a tropical perennial and thrives in good moisture level and indirect light. However, these plants are a bit picky with watering. Water only when at least 50% of the soil is dry.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

No plant can beat Phalaenopsis Orchid in beauty, grace, and color. Orchid growers lovingly call this plant Moth Orchid. It has butterfly or moth shaped blooms in shades of white, purple, and a mix of both.

Phalaenopsis Orchid-Coffee Table Plants

The plant can bloom all year long with proper care, and each flower can last for months. Mist your Phalaenopsis regularly if you live in a dry climate to induce excess moisture in your plant.

You can place your plant on a water-filled pebble tray so the roots can draw moisture. The Pebble tray method protects the roots from rotting or fungus infestation. Just imagine 3-4 moth orchids are adorning your coffee table; it will look splendid.

Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin is one of my favorites. The gorgeous creamy white stripes on a dark green base make the leaves look exquisite. Birkin is a perfect plant to place on the coffee table.

Philodendron Birkin-Coffee Table Plants

It’s striking variegation, and dense foliage looks resplendent when the first rays of morning sunlight hit upon your plant.

Philodendron Birkin is an easy-to-care houseplant that thrives well in bright and indirect sunlight. Morning sunlight is ideal for the vivid coloration of your Birkin.

You need to regularly mist your Birkin to fulfill its need for excess moisture.

You should plant your Birkin in the potting mix consisting of coco peat and perlite. Water your plant only when the topsoil is dry. Never overwater as it can lead to root rot.

Love the beautiful and leafy Philodendrons? Here’s a great Philodendron plant care resource with helpful Philodendron plant care and propagation tips!

Check out this free Philodendron Success Course here!

How to Choose the Best Coffee Table Plants

You can easily inject splashes of color and style on your coffee table through gorgeous houseplants. Beautiful houseplants will automatically enhance the persona of your space.

I would recommend selecting the color, shape, and size of your pot that will complement your coffee-table plant.

If you want the plant to be the center of attraction, select a pot with a neutral color and simple design. If you want a showy pot, then choose a plant with relatively dull-colored foliage.

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