There are some outside things that you probably shouldn’t bring in your bedroom: motorbikes, trampolines, donkeys, the list goes on. However, they're one thing that can thrive both in the great outdoors and your bedroom, and that’s plants.
Bedroom plants, yes or no?
There was a time when placing a potted plant in your bedroom was actually believed to be dangerous. Rumours spread that the leafy friends would steal your oxygen, causing illness and even death! Luckily, this fear has evaporated, and while plants do consume oxygen, it’s 70-100 times less than humans, meaning your partner is more likely to be the thief than your spider plant.
In fact, certain plants actually produce oxygen or have a number of other benefits that make them perfect bedroom companions (although we wouldn’t recommend snuggling up with them under your duvet).
So, what are the benefits of having plants in your bedroom?
Plants are a great addition to every part of your house, but especially the restful haven of your bedroom. Some of the benefits include:
The power of green
With its associations with nature, the colour green can have a calming effect on our mood, helping to put us at ease and place us in state of mind for rest.
Taking care of your plants can even help with your mental health, separating you from electronic devices and letting you focus on nurturing and helping something grow.
As we mentioned before, certain houseplants can produce oxygen. A lack of oxygen when we sleep, including conditions like sleep apnea where we periodically stop breathing throughout the night, can drastically affect the quality of our sleep.
Certain plants can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the air, helping you breathe better.
No more damp
If your home is naturally damp and you worry about the build-up of mould, you don’t need to splash out on an expensive dehumidifier. Certain plants act as a natural dehumidifier, absorbing the excess moisture and leaving your room feeling fresh.
Are there any cons of bedroom plants?
We’ll admit, having certain plants in your home doesn’t always lead to a rosy time. Here are some of the problems of bringing nature into your room, along with some solutions!
Plants can inevitably be messy. After all, they’re naturally supposed to be sat in soil and watered by the rain. This means you can sometimes find yourself dealing with leaking water, spills and soil upsets (especially if you live with a curious cat or dog). Placing your plant pots out of the way on a picture ledge or wire grids can help prevent then being knocked over, while drip trays can help stop water leaking onto your floor.
Danger to pets
It’s not rare to see a cat or dog chowing down on things they shouldn’t: boxes, string, pillows, and of course, plants. If you have a pet in the house, it’s important to check if the plants you have are potentially poisonous. Many plants are perfectly safe, but others, such as aloe vera, can be dangerous if ingested by pets.
Indoor plants can attract bugs, with certain growing conditions helping to draw them in. If your plants need a lot of water, the humidity conditions can rise, attracting certain types of water-loving bugs. This can also be the case if you accidentally overwater your plants or place your plants too close together, decreasing ventilation and raising the room’s humidity. If you’re extra worried about a bug infestation, opt for a plant with a waxy layer, as this will prevent any insects from getting into the leaves.
What’s the best plant to have in your bedroom?
We’ve spoken a lot about the pros and cons of bedroom plants, but we haven’t actually mentioned any of the specific plants you should head out to buy. Let’s cut to the chase and list some of the star plants for different types of bedrooms.
Best plant for dark bedrooms
Not everyone wakes to bright sunshine streaming through their window. If your bedroom is on the...cosy side, don’t worry, there are plants that can manage, and even thrive in the dark. The sansevieria or snake plant is a great option, growing well in dark, low and medium light, needing little watering, and helping to filter the air in your room.
Best plant for light bedrooms
If your bedroom gets a lot of light, you won’t want to go for a plant that can’t handle direct sunlight. Jade plants are a beautiful addition to any room and do well on at least four hours of sunlight a day.
Best plant for humid bedrooms
A humid room can be a pain to sleep in and while there are practical solutions you can carry out, house plants can help. Peace lilies are not only beautiful but effectively absorb moisture in the air while simultaneously purifying it. It’s worth noting that they are mildly toxic to people and animals if ingested, so keep them clear of small children and pets.
Best plant for dry bedrooms
If you’re suffering from dry skin, static shocks or dry sinus’ your bedroom might be in need of some more moisture. The striking Chinese evergreen plant can help. While these plants don’t need much watering they can help humidify and purify the air around them, making your room a more comfortable place to be.
15 plant types that help you sleep better
With so many plant possibilities, it’s important to make sure you’re buying the right one for your space. Here are a few great options to help you sleep better:
This spikey herb might seem better suited to the kitchen, but rosemary is actually a great addition to your bedroom. It’s been shown to reduce cortisol levels, helping to reduce stress and regulate your mood, leading to a better nights’ sleep.
Jasmine’s beautiful, soothing scent can help to lower anxiety levels and ensure your sleep is long and deep. Just keep in mind that jasmine is a climbing plant, so stay on top of pruning to make sure it doesn’t climb up your walls.
Is there anything aloe vera can’t do? Along with the healing properties of its gel, aloe vera produces oxygen at night, helping to improve the quality of your sleep. Make sure it gets lot of sunlight to thrive, and give it a large amount of water around once every 3 weeks.
Snake plants purify the air around them, leading to a fresher feeling room, and emit oxygen at night to help improve your sleep.
While you might imagine ivy climbing up the walls of country houses, this plant can happily grow in a hanging basket inside. It thrives well in low light and temperatures and is brilliant at reducing indoor pollution, helping you enjoy a fresh nights’ sleep.
While also called devil’s ivy, golden pothos plants are practically angelic in their qualities. Able to remove carbon monoxide from the air, even in an unventilated space, they’re great at creating a clean, fresh space to drift off in. They can handle low light and can be potted or planted in a hanging basket.
This elegant plant is best for people with green fingers, as they can be tricky to take care of. However, the payoff is worth the effort, with their beautiful scent helping to relax the body and brain.
Considered lucky in certain cultures, bamboo palms can be a striking addition to your bedroom while helping to purify the air around you.
Rubber tree plant
With its striking waxy leaves and reddish-green leaves, rubber tree plants are a popular choice for homes and offices. With their ability to purify the air and remove formaldehyde, they’re perfect for creating a clean and restful sleep space.
Named as one of the best air-purifying plants in NASA’s Clean Air Study, spider plants are sturdy, elegant, and a great choice for both experienced and beginner plant owners.
While lavender can be tricky to grow indoors, taking the time to pot and prune this beautiful plant is worth it. The soothing scent has been shown to relax the mind and help with issues such as insomnia.
Fancy a palm tree in your bedroom? The areca palm is the next best thing (and it’s a little more space-friendly). Its air purifying properties help to remove toxins from the air while its humidifying properties help to keep your room comfortable.
Weeping fig tree
Elegant and lush, the weeping fig tree is versatile enough to look great in any space. Packed with antioxidants and able to fight air pollution, it’s great at keeping your bedroom clean and fresh.
If you’re a fan of bright happy colours and purified air, gerbera daisies are for you. Not only do they clean the air of toxins but they release oxygen at night, making them a good option if you suffer from breathing-relating illnesses.
These vibrant, spiky plants are an instant favourite, and their ability to fight air pollution makes them ideal for bedrooms. They need a decent amount of humidity to thrive, so don’t forget to give them a quick mist on a daily basis.
Plants + care = sleep
The benefits of plants are endless. From air purification and dehumidifying qualities to mood-boosting properties, plants can enhance your space and help you drift off more easily.
Have you found a plant for your bedroom? Now find the bed of your dreams!