Plants bring life and personality to a home. They brighten up a space and give homes a comfortable, lived-in feel. While houses may look more attractive with indoor plants, they also introduce vitality into a home. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners in a home.
In addition, plants help clean up the air around us by taking in harmful chemicals. Even more, they just generally make us feel better by calming and centering us. You can work plants into practically any room in your home, but one area that is often overlooked is the bathroom. Some plants truly thrive in the bathroom and in return, they give back to us as well. If you’re thinking about incorporating plants in your bathroom, here are some good plants to start with.
Ferns love a tropical environment. They thrive in areas that are humid and warm. Ferns also prefer not to have direct sunlight, meaning that the light that comes through frosted bathroom glass is ideal for this type of plant. If you have regular windows in your bathroom, consider placing your fern in a corner of the room, instead of directly in front of the window, to help block the direct sun.
Bamboo has become very trendy in recent years. We see it used in all kinds of home decor and finishings, including hardwood floors. What you may have forgotten in all the hype is that the plant itself makes the ideal low-maintenance house greenery. Bamboo has a fascinating look to it and it lends a calming, spa-like sense to any bathroom. Even better, it requires almost no upkeep. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be in soil. A container of pebbles is sufficient for a bamboo- simply water the stalks occasionally and enjoy the tranquil ambiance.
The bathroom is the place where you typically keep bandages and ointments to treat minor cuts and scrapes, so why not bring in a plant that can help, too? Having an aloe vera plant in the bathroom makes perfect sense. Aloe is an easygoing plant that loves warmth and light and doesn’t require a lot of watering. Of course, aloe gives back as well. If you cut off a piece of aloe leaf and apply the gel to a clean cut, the substance helps to heal the skin. In fact, you can even use aloe vera gel in place of other bathroom staples such as mouthwash, moisturizer, and hand sanitizer.
If you want to add some grace and sophistication to your bathroom, then an orchid may be the plant to turn to. Orchids take up very little space, but feature elegant flowers that can really dress up a room. Orchids adore humid environments and indirect light, so many bathroom spaces work well for this plant. The flowers come in a range of colors, so you can choose an orchid that best suits your bathroom’s color scheme.
If you’re looking for a plant that gives more than it takes, the snake plant (or Sansevieria) is a wonderful choice. The snake plant is eye catching and needs very little care. It prefers low light spots and rarely requires watering. It also does a fantastic job of purifying the air. Snake plants can also filter out formaldehyde, a chemical that’s common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues, and even cosmetics.
As you can see, there are many options for plants in the bathroom, and they do more than just add some adornment. There are, of course, many other plants that work well in a bathroom space as well. Do your research and choose the ones that work best for you. Also, if you are a pet owner, be sure to verify that any plants you choose are safe for animals in case your four-legged friend decides to take a nibble.