Houseplants can often be found in many areas of our homes, from the lounge to the bathroom, but we rarely think to put houseplants in our bedrooms. But why not? It can actually be to our benefit. Plants emit oxygen, maintain humidity levels, and filter harmful toxins within the air, all of which aid a healthier environment. Seeing as we spend on average 7 hours a night sleeping in our bedrooms it seems like a no-brainer to make them a relaxing and healthy space.
This being said, bedroom plants need to be selected with these points in mind, as believe it or not, not every houseplant is as beneficial to the home as you might think it is! Here are my top picks for the best bedroom houseplants…
Disregarding all light preferences, the Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) can grow virtually anywhere, be it in shade or bright light. Its overall needs are low so if it merges into your decor for a while before you remember to water it, it will do just fine. The Snake Plant is an ideal beginner’s plant where it actually prefers less fuss! Their gorgeous green and yellow stems also absorb CO2 overnight, emitting oxygen while we sleep.
Second has to be Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), with their heart-shaped leaves and trailing leaders making a statement piece for any room. Whether it is the striking white variegation of the Happy Leaf Manjula Pothos, or the delicate silver vines of the Scindapsus Pictus Argyraeus, the Pothos plant has shown, through photosynthesis, to remove harmful toxins such as formaldehyde from the air, improving the air quality all-round. Pothos is a great plant for beginners, being tolerant in a variety of different temperatures, humidity levels and light.
Catheleas are not only pet friendly but are also a great air purifying plant and can add a splash of colour to your bedroom. If you are like me and have a monochrome colour palette with white and grey decor in every room, Catheleas really do add the perfect accompaniment. They are a striking centre piece of any bedroom. The Stromanthe Triostar is the boldest of them all with cream, green, purple and pink variegation. Catheleas do not like direct light, nor do they like overwatering as they can be prone to root rot. Make sure your pot has good drainage and only water when the soil has fully dried out.
Another stunning bedroom plant, and one for all you lovers of hanging plants, is the Hoya. This vine houseplant often has a thick waxy leaf that can both hang from a shelf or can be trained to climb up a moss pole. Although Hoyas prefer a humid environment, they are similar to Pothos which will endure any environment. These plants are ideal for the bedroom as their succulent like leaves retain moisture so you do not need to worry about watering them often.
Fifth on the list is for those who like tall floor plants. The Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is an elegant addition to a room and is slow growing. It is ideal to put Parlour Palms in an east or west facing bedroom as they don’t like too much light as their leaves can start to appear bleached. If you want to start to build your own bedroom jungle like me, then the Parlour Palm is perfect for that!
Next up is the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). A widely loved plant that features in many of our homes already. Peace Lilies are perfect for a shelf, blooming for months on end and are very small and compact, unlike that of the Parlour Palm’s foliage. Peace Lilies like to keep moist at all times and are very good at telling you when they need watering! Perfect for the bedroom, these lilies filter airborne toxins, creating a healthier environment for you to sleep in.
Lastly on the top picks for the best bedroom houseplants is the Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica). A favourite plant of mine, especially the Ficus Elastica Belize Ruby. This is definitely a plant that fits into any pink loving decor and they are not too tricky to look after either! They enjoy bright indirect light so are perfect for any south facing bedrooms, but they don’t like drafts so try to keep them away from open windows. Rubber Plants can grow quite big so they are a plant that can transition from a shelf plant to a floor plant pretty easily with repotting throughout its lifetime.
Whether you want to broaden the plants in your boudoir or start a new collection, head over to the ‘Houseplants by Room’ feature on the website to find a wide range of air purifying plants.
Happy Snoozing! x