7. Palm trees. If you want a dramatic vertical element with a tropical feel, reach for the palms. Not all palms do well indoors, so it pays to know which ones do.
The best indoor palms are kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), sentry palm (Howea belmoreana), lady palm (Rhapis excelsa) and parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans).
Avoid majesty palm (Ravenea rivularis), even though it is widely sold as an indoor palm, queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) and butterfly palm (Dypsis lutescens).
Most indoor palms will enjoy a steady supply of water, light fertilizer once a month and bright but indirect light.
Tip: Trim off old, brown leaves once or twice a year, or as you see them appearing. The old foliage of many palms needs to be periodically removed and doesn't mean the plant is struggling.