Is this even a question? Should you put plants in the bathroom? Heck yes, you should! Plants offer a myriad of health and beauty benefits.
Health Benefits of Plants
- Improved Air Quality: Plants naturally process carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. This means, your plants are detoxing your air, helping keep it fresh and clean.
- Boost Your Mood: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression closely linked to the changing seasons. It can affect individuals the most during the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight. The increased darkness can reduce your energy and your mood. Plants have been shown to help you cope with SAD, by naturally boosting your mood.
- Add a Pop of Beauty: If you ask us, expensive fixtures and elaborate tile floors don’t hold a candle to a beautiful plant. This is why adding a plant to your bathroom is the easiest and most affordable way to instantly dress up your space.
- A Sense of Accomplishment: There is something undeniably rewarding about caring for another living thing and seeing it thrive. While plants won’t cuddle with you like a fur baby or talk to you like a human, their health and happiness is a direct result of the love and attention you give them.
How to Choose the Best Plant for Your Bathroom
Ultimately, the best plant for your bathroom really depends on your bathroom. The following considerations can help you narrow down your choices.
- How much light does your bathroom get? All plants need light to thrive, some just need more than others. It is important to consider how many hours of daylight your bathroom typically has and pick a plant that can withstand that level of sunshine or darkness.
- What if my bathroom has no windows? This is a common theme for many individuals. Bathrooms are one of the quickest rooms to be set in the center of the house or apartment. Like a windowless office, a plant can help bring a bit of life to the space. The trick is to make sure you remove the plant every few days and place it in the sun.
- How steamy does it get? Different bathrooms get steamier than others. This depends on whether or not it is a powder room or a full bath. It also depends on how good your ventilation is and how frequently the bathroom is being used.
6 of the Best Bathroom Plants
As we said above, not all bathrooms are the same. It really comes down to what kind of environment your bathroom offers. But generally speaking, the following plants thrive in the typical bathroom environment.
- Aloe Vera – This classic bathroom plant is hearty and likes bright, warm spaces. It is also a very forgiving plant, making it a good choice for those still trying to develop a green thumb. As an added bonus, aloe vera offers a multitude of medicinal benefit. You can break open one of the leaves and use the inside gel-like substance to treat a variety of skin issues, such as burns, scratches, and insect bites.
- Peace Lily – This green perennial is one of the few low-light flowering plants. Its flowers are ivory in color, offering a simple, yet elegant surprise throughout the year.
- Azalea – Ultra fragrant, azaleas help liven up the bathroom. This is especially true when the bloom. And, they prefer to grow in partial shade, which is often perfect for a Pacific Northwest bathroom that only gets some natural light during the day.
- Spider Plant – Spider plants are another plant that loves humidity. They work particularly well in hanging pots, offering a bit of visual texture to the space, without taking up any precious room on the vanity.
- Gardenia – Yet another lover of warm, wet environments, gardenias thrive in the bathroom. Plus, they don’t need an excess of sunlight.
- Chinese Evergreen – This shrub loves warm, humid and shady environments, which makes it another clear winner for the bathroom. When selecting a plant, remember the darker the leaf, the less sun they will need.
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