Pink houseplants – 5 varieties guaranteed to boost your mood this month

Start the new year with a happier state of mind by adding one of these uplifting pink houseplants to your collection

Pink princess philodendron houseplant in pot on pink background
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Houseplants not only bring life to our homes, but can also have a significant impact on our mood and mental wellbeing. Oftentimes when you are feeling a little low, entering a home and seeing beautiful plants with a variety of colors can refresh your mind and lift your mood.

Combining both aesthetic appeal and mood-lifting qualities, decorating your home with plants or creating an indoor garden are ideal activities for adding a touch of vibrancy to your indoor spaces during the winter months.

When it comes to choosing the right houseplants to lift your spirits, we have identified five types of plants with stunning pink foliage that stand out for their ability to evoke feelings of joy and positivity.

Potted 'Caladium White Queen' plant with white leaves and pink veins in basket on wooden table

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5 pink houseplants to boost your mood this January 

Below our experts have identified five pink houseplants that will lift the spirits this month. 

1. Pink Princess Philodendron

Pink princess philodendron houseplant in pot on pink background.

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Considered one of the best variegated indoor plants is the pink princess philodendron, and would be a great addition to your indoor plant collection if you do not currently have one.

‘The heart-shaped leaves, adorned in subtle hues of pink and creamy greens, introduce a calming element to your living space,’ says Morag Hill, Co-Founder of The Little Botanical. You can witness the gradual unfolding of new leaves, bringing about a nuanced yet impactful transformation that elevates the overall ambiance of your home.

This stunning plant boasts heart-shaped leaves with varying shades of pink. Its vibrant colors bring a touch of warmth to any space, making it an ideal mood booster. 

One important care tip for pink princess philodendron is to place them in indirect light and maintain well-draining soil. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Morag Hill

Morag Hill is the co-founder of The Little Botanical. An integral part of The Little Botanical’s mission is to educate people about the health benefits of plants by bringing them into their homes including stress reduction, cleaner air, and creating a happier and calmer home or office space. 

2. Fittonia Pink Angel

Pink fittonia close-up

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Also known as the nerve plant, the fittonia pink angel has pink veins that stand out against its dark green foliage. Its striking colors of pink, green, and red serve as a subtle mood enhancer for even the gloomiest of spaces. 

With its delicately veined pink leaves, the nerve plant adds a touch of whimsy. This low-maintenance plant thrives in terrariums. You can find fittonia plants available at Greendigs

In order to best look after your fittonia, Kayla Gajdascz, the founder of Mental Houseplants suggests you keep the soil consistently moist and provide medium to bright, indirect light. 

Its compact size makes it perfect for tabletops, and the lively patterns provide visual interest during the gloomy days of January. 

Kayla Gajdascz
Kayla Gajdascz

Kayla Gajdascz is the co-founder and president of Mental Houseplants, a company dedicated to spreading the positive impact that plants have on our mental health. One way that the company does this is by partnering with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (the Massachusetts chapter), and donating a portion of every sale to them. 

3. Caladium

Caladium Pink Splash in white pot

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Bring a refreshing tropical vibe inside, even in the otherwise dreary month of January with caladium 'pink splash'. 

The caladium houseplant is native to the tropical regions of South America and is known for its beautiful heart-shaped leaves that come in vibrant shades of pink, green, and white that will transport you to a sun-kissed paradise. 

This pink splotchy plant is aesthetically pleasing and perfect for lifting your mood in January, with its bright colors that can add a pop to any room. It prefers bright, indirect light and high humidity, making it a great addition to bathrooms or kitchens.

4. Calathea Ornata

Close-up dark green and pink pinstriped leaves of calathea plant


One beautiful, but somewhat challenging houseplant is the Calathea Ornata, which you can find available to order at Bloomscape.

 ‘Because of its pinstriped leaves, Calathea Ornata is one among my favorites,’ says houseplant expert Vladan Nikolic. ‘The pinstripes are bright pink which makes them stand out.’

These flowers prefer areas of excessive humidity and indirect sunlight. A common room to place your calathea is a restroom with a window that gets enough light. They are fairly simple to propagate, too. 

Vladan Nikolic
Vladan Nikolic

Vladan Nikolic, otherwise known as Mr. Houseplant, is a houseplant expert with over 10 years of experience. He is the founder of the houseplant care blog and also an influencer who helps newcomers in the houseplant world become great plant parents.  

5. Chinese Evergreen

Green and pink foliage of Aglaonema , Chinese evergreen plant


The aglaonema plant, also known as Chinese evergreen, is a popular choice that features variegated leaves in shades of pink, green, and white. 

This plant is known for its air-purifying properties and can help improve the air quality in your home during the winter months when we tend to spend more time indoors. 

It is a low maintenance houseplant and can tolerate low light conditions, making it an easy indoor plant for beginnersYou can shop for Chinese evergreen plants at Greendigs


Can houseplants reduce stress?

Having houseplants situated around your home has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety levels. A lot of plants have air purifying qualities that will improve your overall health and can lead to a reduction in blood pressure. 

These pink houseplants not only add a pop of color to your surroundings but also contribute to a positive and uplifting atmosphere. The soothing hues of pink are known to evoke feelings of calmness and joy, making them perfect companions for the sometimes challenging month of January. 

Seraphina Di Mizzurati
Contributing Editor

Seraphina is a contributing editor at Homes & Gardens, writing Solved features on organizing and storage. She loves to decorate and also grow her own produce from her home in London. Her previous experience includes working at Women's Health and Fabulous Magazine.