Looking to add a little lush life to your living space? Just like picking paint and furniture, it’s important to spend time choosing the best plants for your interior. Not only should you be considering the care your new plant friends will need, but also how they will impact your space as they grow to their full forms. Below are several tips for picking the best houseplants.

Understand sun exposure. The quickest way to shrivel a houseplant is by giving it the improper amount of sunshine. Take time to get to know the sunniest and shadiest areas of your interior, and pick plants that thrive in that environment.

Consider maintenance. If you’re choosing houseplants that need a good amount of TLC—water, trimming, etc.—make sure you have the time in your schedule and bandwidth in your brain to take this on. If not, pick a plant that needs minimal attention, like a succulent.

Pick the proper containers. Learn the root length of the plant you’re choosing, and how big it’s likely to grow, pick a container that can accommodate it—consider drainage, too!

Choose plants that complement your space. Have tall ceilings? Consider a plant that grows tall, not wide, like a palm. Looking to make your room look a little wild? Pick a climbing plant, like a golden pothos or some form of ivy.

Consider color. While varying shades of green can feel gorgeously lush, no need to stop there! Add color to your interior Botanics, like orchids, peace lilies or prayer plants.