One of the biggest interior design trends to date is bringing the outdoors in. One easy way to do this is to introduce a number of plants to your living spaces. Asides from injecting colour into the home, plants boast many amazing health benefits, and some have even been proven to help you sleep. Here we have listed a handful of the best plants to use in your bedroom…
- Snake Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Peace Lily
What are good bedroom plants?
All of the following are considered to be good plants for the bedroom, given their air-purifying and aesthetical properties.
Jasmine plants showcase a series of delicate, small, white flowers and are one of the prettiest plants available for the bedroom. They boast a sweet fragrance that is often used in essential oils for relaxation and in perfumes.
This scent has been linked to reducing anxiety levels and is said to also improve the quality of sleep. Jasmine plants are relatively easy to maintain and thrive indoors when placed in a pot.
For best results, stand your plant on a windowsill and water it regularly during flowering periods. To avoid overwatering, you can let the topsoil dry out slightly during non-flowering periods.
This medicinal shrub is a great addition to any home and is a particularly popular option for the bedroom. It releases oxygen at night, and as such, will improve the air in your bedroom. This plant is a ‘succulent’ and requires very little water, as it is able to maintain moisture within its leaves.
The gel from these leaves is often used to treat minor burns and cuts, dry skin, and insect bites. To encourage your Aloe Vera plant to thrive, place it in a sunny spot.
Nicknamed ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’, this plant is a natural air purifier. It releases oxygen at night and improves air conditions allowing for a great night’s sleep. The Snake Plant is also able to remove various harmful chemicals, such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
Similar to the snake plant, peace lilies are also renowned for their amazing air cleaning properties, according to NASA. They can increase room humidity by up to 5%, which helps to aid breathing while sleeping, as low humidity can cause static electricity, dry hair, and skin issues.
On top of this, it increases people’s susceptibility to colds and respiratory illnesses and can allow viruses and germs to spread.
Asides from their many health-beneficial properties, Peace Lilies are renowned for their looks and boast a series of beautiful white blooms. They’re a low-maintenance option as they require little light and water.
This plant’s scent is used to promote both sleep and relaxation. Lavender has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and cut stress levels, which is why it’s an ideal option for the bedroom.
It’s a great sleep companion to both adults and children and the scent of lavender in bath oil helps to calm babies, sending them off into a deeper sleep. To thrive, the lavender plant enjoys warmth and sunlight, so place it on a sunny windowsill and water sparingly for best results.
Where to buy bedroom plants
Bedroom plants are available to purchase from a number of places, including garden centers and at online florists. If you know which plant you wish to invest in, an online florist offers an easy and hassle-free method that often includes next-day delivery directly to your door. Do your research prior to purchasing though, as you should look to ensure that any plant you buy is suited to the conditions of your home.
How many plants are in a bedroom?
You don’t need too many plants in your bedroom to reap the health and sleep benefits. If your room is on the bigger side and has spaces to fill, opt for table plants and floor plants. Before buying, check the species you intend to purchase complement one and another.
It’s also a good idea to do your research, as some shrubs require bright, sunny spots, whilst others thrive in the shade. This will help you to determine how many you can actually fit in the spaces you have to work with.
How to care for bedroom plants
All plants are different and each variant has a different need. Some require more water than others, certain species necessitate plant food when grown indoors and others enjoy bright, sunny spots.
You can ask florists and plant sellers for more information before purchasing a plant, while those you purchase online will often arrive with care instructions.
Are succulents good bedroom plants?
Not all succulents are suited to the bedroom and it’s important to choose succulents that don’t require full sunlight, and instead prefer shade or low light. This will make a big difference in the success of these plants.
Succulents are a great option for indoor use as they look extremely appealing, adding both colour (including hot reds, bold purples, and bright oranges) and energy to the indoor area.
Succulents that are naturally green are good options for bedroom plants. A few variants that are able to thrive indoors include Haworthia and Gasteria.
Keeping in mind that succulents tend to receive around six hours of bright, indirect sunlight per day when outside, it’s important to place them close to a window when inside.
This will ensure they’re able to thrive as well indoors as they do outdoors. If the leaves start to stretch, this is a sign that they’re not getting enough light.
One of the biggest issues new succulent growers face when keeping these plants indoors is watering. Succulents require a surprising amount of water to grow. However, they don’t like to be watered as often as the majority of indoor plants.
For best results, ensure the roots are soaked with water, and only water the plant again when the soil has been dry for a few days to avoid oversaturating.
Sources: dreams.co.uk, succulentsandsunshine.com