Bedroom Plants: How to Grow a Bedroom Sanctuary

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If you’ve spent any time on on instagram explore, you know any great room has great foliage.

It’s no surprise, really. Houseplants are enjoying a decor revival, as fully one-third of all houseplant sales in the US are thought to be made by Millennials snapping up potted greenery to add a bit of nature to their urban spaces.

But it’s one thing to be told “Get plants,” and another to know which plants you should get, and how to take care of them. So I created a little guide!

The Most-Popular Plants

If you’re inspired to add a little jungalow flair to your bedroom but don’t know where to begin, here are some of the most-popular houseplants you’ll see swirling around on Instagram posts.

Monstera deliciosa – AKA swiss cheese plant, or split-leaf philodendron.

Sansevieria trifasciata – AKA snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue.

Chlorophytum comosum – AKA spider plant.

Epipremnum aureum – AKA pothos or devil’s ivy.

Senecio rowleyanus – AKA String of Pearls.

Ficus lyrata – AKA fiddle leaf fig.

Tradescantia zebrina – AKA Wandering Jew or inchplant.

Crassula ovata – AKA jade plant.

Ficus elastica – AKA rubber plant.

Shout-Out to Some Lesser-Known Houseplants

A few unique but less-known plants include the Hindu rope plantbird’s nest fern, and rattlesnake plant, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other options.

Tip: Etsy is actually a great place to find unique indoor plants!

Quick Note: Don’t Overlook Each Houseplant’s Sunlight Requirements

In the ranking of “Top reasons why houseplants die,” not giving your new leafy friends enough sunlight ranks up there next to over- or under-watering them.

Before you get your heart set on a houseplant you love, look up the lighting requirements for it. The Spruce did a fantastic article about how to tell how much sunlight your space receives, plus other factors to consider when adding a houseplant to your bedroom.

How to Style Your Bedroom with Plants

While the “maximalist jungalow” look is popular right now, where living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms are bursting with greenery, it’s important to strike a balance when decorating your bedroom with houseplants.

Cramming your bedroom with houseplants looks gorgeous for Instagram, but your bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind.

Cramming your bedroom with houseplants looks gorgeous for Instagram, but your bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind.

“But what better way to relax than surrounding myself with greenery?”

A “less is more” approach to bedroom decor is key to creating a calm space. And each plant will have individual needs for lighting, pot size, and pruning, not to mention different watering and fertilizing schedules, so there is some work involved with keeping houseplants alive and healthy.

A drooping, browning mini-jungle can quickly make your bedroom a source of stress instead of a place of rest, so take it slow when starting your plant collection. Get used to caring for each plant, and be choosy about which plants you decide to bring into your bedroom space, opting for a select few instead of a dense canopy.

Good options for houseplants in your bedroom

Ultimately, you can’t make a wrong choice about which houseplants to use in your bedroom, but some plants have unique features that make them better for a bedroom than, say, your bathroom.

Plants that produce the most oxygen at night

Plants that encourage a humid environment (perfect for drier climates)

Of course, all plants produce oxygen, and some levels of humidity, so take these recommendations as suggestions and not hard and fast rules.

Choosing size, shape and color

A good general guideline is to vary up the sizes, shapes and colors of your plants. If you have something squatty and broad-leafed, pair it with something tall and spiky. Trailing and irregular? Pair it with a plant that is stately and defined.

More contrast can mean more visual interest in your bedroom space.

But what about faux plants?

Yes, it’s completely OK to use faux houseplants! Buying high-quality faux plants can be pricey, but not as pricey as buying real plants that you repeatedly neglect and replace.

Also, if you want to use a certain plant in a spot where you know it won’t thrive, it’s a great idea to use a realistic faux plant for that area instead. There’s no rule that says you must use either real plants or faux plants. Why not use both?

Final Tip: Use an App to Plan Your Bedroom Jungalow

While researching this article, I came across an awesome, free app called Plant Life Balance, which lets you take a photo of your room, input the amount of sunlight it receives, and then design a plantscape using the plants it recommends for your space’s sunlight availability.

Using data from studies conducted by the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, it will also offer a gauge for how “healthy” your designed room will be, given the plants you choose.

You can then take your plant list to your local nursery to find the plants you chose, and make your AR-designed bedroom greenspace a reality!



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