8 Houseplants to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Soothing Sanctuary
Capitalize on the freshness and beauty of low-maintenance plants to personalize your bedroom.
While plants are often used to bring color and life to shared living spaces in your home, did you know they can dress up a bedroom as well? Studies show that being around plants can increase productivity as well as reduce stress, which is perfect for a bedroom environment that promotes rest and relaxation. A wide variety of plants work well in bedrooms, including many low-maintenance options. Here are a few to get you started:
1. Snake Plant
Don’t let the sinister name fool you! The snake plant is a winning choice for a striking visual presence and in terms of maintenance. It features green swordlike foliage with eye-catching, silver-colored bands, which make the plant a perfect focal point for the corner of a room. Since it’s technically considered a succulent, the snake plant does very well in low-moisture conditions.
For best results, give the plant a home in bright to low light and let the soil dry out between waterings. Expect it to grow up to 4 feet tall.
2. Parlor Palm
Because it has a preference for indirect light and does well with typical home humidity, the parlor palm is an ideal addition to the bedroom. While it does prefer a high humidity environment, one is not required for it to thrive and grow. Just be sure to keep the soil moist (not soaked and soggy), and allow the soil to go almost dry to the touch before giving it a good watering.
The parlor palm flourishes in bright, filtered light to low light. It can grow up to 8 feet tall.
If you’re looking for an easy-care houseplant, then pothos is the plant for you. It is considered one of the most foolproof plants for the bedroom. Not only does its leaves store water, the plant has a vining quality that makes it easy to prune so you can keep it at a manageable size. Plus, pothos can grow in just about any light condition and prefers its soil on the dry side. Visually, its leaves are green with light yellow or white variegation. For a similar plant with solid color leaves, look to its cousin, heart leaf philodendron, which is another easy-care choice.
Pothos thrives in low to bright light. Allow the soil to barely dry out between waterings. It can get up to 8 feet long.
4. Arrowhead Vine
Twice as exuberant in the variegation of its leaves and nearly as easy to maintain as pothos, arrowhead vine thrives in a range of light conditions. It features dark green foliage highlighted by white along the veins — some varieties being more intense than others. Arrowhead vine does well in hanging baskets, trained up a pole, or you can just cut it back to the shape you prefer. Allowing the supple-looking leaves to flow down the side of a dresser, armoire or shelf is a gorgeous look.
Be sure to keep the soil evenly moist and choose a location in medium to low light. Arrowhead vine can grow up to 3 feet tall.
Eye-catching and easy to maintain, dracaena features long, thin leaves that grow out of a central stem. The leaves are variegated in an array of colors, like yellow, cream, red, and pink, and tend to curve gracefully outward. One interesting variety looks like maize and is called a corn plant. Dracaena thrives in bright, indirect light. Be cautious when it comes to pets and children, as the plant is toxic if chewed.
Water the dracaena when the soil is dry to the touch and give it a home in bright to medium light. It can grow up to 10 feet tall.
6. Scented Geranium
A houseplant with an attractive scent means you can forget about all those drawer sachets! Scented geranium is a cousin to the standard household geranium. Although scented geranium flowers less often than its relative, the leaf fragrance more than makes up for it. Fragrance choices are surprisingly abundant: rose, apricot, lemon, lime, pineapple, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate, coconut, and more.
As for care, be sure to remove any faded flowers, as pinching stems will result in a bushier plant. Place your scented geranium in bright, direct light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. In ideal conditions, expect it to grow up to 2 feet tall.
7. Peace Lily
Just like its name, the peace lily helps promote a tranquil bedroom environment. Another easy-grow houseplant option, it adds a tropical feel and is good for those with a tendency to overwater plants since it can handle wetter soil. The peace lily features pointed leaves that are dark green and shiny. Grooming consists of simply removing any brown leaves or leaf tips. You can use your peace lily on a tabletop or as a floor plant, depending on its size.
The peace lily prefers bright to low light and evenly moist soil. It can get up to 4 feet tall.
Due to its sweet and soothing aroma, jasmine is frequently used in diffusers and beauty products. It features blooms that open at night, which makes it a perfect choice for the bedroom. Jasmine has a reputation for being a long-lasting houseplant and is a great way to add a pop of crisp white color to a room.
Jasmine thrives in medium light and moist (not soggy) soil. It can grow up to 2 feet tall.