You may have heard that houseplants can improve the air quality and beauty of your home. Should you have plants in the bedroom? Which ones should you choose? We've pruned our way through the research and have some fragrant answers for you!
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It is highly beneficial to include houseplants in your bedroom. They assist in improving air quality and make the room feel more alive. Plants help reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, and Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well.
So, why do you need them? What are the best plants for the bedroom? Which ones produce the most oxygen at night? Continue reading for tips on selecting the perfect leafy accents for your bedroom!
Is it good to have plants in your bedroom?
Plants are a stunning natural touch that can dramatically enhance your bedroom. Let's jump right in and look at some of the benefits of keeping them!
Improved air quality
According to studies, bad air quality is linked to negative health conditions such as allergies and asthma. Indoor and outdoor pollution both gather in our homes at a surprising level. For example, benzene and formaldehyde are cancer-causing agents often found in our air supply.
Houseplants are innate air purifiers. They're literally designed to remove toxins from the surrounding environment and boost oxygen. Not to mention they absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale, using photosynthesis to convert it back to oxygen. All that fresh air makes for a wonderful sleeping backdrop!
Livens up the room
Including these living organisms in your bedroom goes a long way towards making the space feel more alive. They can bring beauty and color contrasts that kick your room up a notch. Sleep is critical to our health. The more pleasant the setting is, the better we will rest in our bedrooms.
Reduces stress and anxiety
We live in a fast-moving, stressful world. High stress levels are linked to stroke, heart attack, and mental disorders. It's imperative to have sources of relaxation to help us decompress.
Being in nature is proven to lower stress levels. Why not bring a bit of that into your bedroom? Surround yourself with your own slice of nature at the end of a hard day. If you suffer from anxiety, consider owning a lavender plant. Its scent alone is capable of lowering blood pressure and heart rate. There's a reason lavender is such a popular essential oil!
S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a form of depression connected to the changing of the seasons. Symptoms tend to start in late fall and continue until spring. This condition takes a real toll on you. Thankfully, indoor greenery like winter jasmine or goldfish plants can boost your mood on those dark winter days. Spring is never far away from you!
What plants are best for bedrooms?
There are tons of great options when it comes to bedroom plants. Let's go over a few popular choices!
Pothos is a vibrant vine or ivy plant. It grows well in any light condition and can hold water for several days. They're low maintenance, easy growing, and virtually indestructible!
Another ivy variant, philodendron, is a no-fuss plant. As long as it gets just a bit of light, you're good to go! You can keep them in a pot, but they look beautiful hanging in a corner as well.
If you're interested in an indoor flowering plant, the peace lily is a gorgeous option. Peace lilies are tenacious plants, as they will tolerate low light and even a bit of neglect. Their white and yellow flowers definitely brighten up a room!
The purple-heart plant is a beautiful addition to any space. Its leaves vary from green to reddish-purple in hue. Their flowers can be white, purple, or even pink. They love bright light and only require moderate watering.
Christmas cactus is a succulent plant and extremely low maintenance. It doesn't require much light either. As the name suggests, they bloom during the holiday season. This brings a lively splash of color to your bedroom.
For the ultimate trailing plant, you can't go wrong with English ivy. Hang it high, perhaps in front of a window or on a shelf to see it spread. Give it moderate to bright lighting, and watch it thrive!
Bamboo palms add a tropical feel to the room and are easy to care for. They only require partial light. If you're interested in a larger indoor plant, look no further. These babies can grow over four feet tall and just as wide! Not only that, but they're also one of the best air-purifying species you can buy.
Aloe vera produces a ton of oxygen and is another amazing natural air purifier. They need a lot of direct sunlight, so make sure to put it in front of a window. Conveniently, the aloe doesn't need frequent watering. It grows quickly, so you can easily break off pieces to start new pots.
Which indoor plants produce the most oxygen at night?
Some varieties of greenery produce more oxygen at night than others. For example, aloe vera plants and peace lilies are wonderful nighttime producers. So is pothos. But let's name off a few new ones!
Spider plants are high on the list of nighttime clean air producers. They look great suspended in a pot or simply sitting on your bookcase. It thrives in pretty much any lighting condition and is an easy keeper. You'll even notice the air in the room smelling fresher as the plant filters out those toxins.
Snake plants emit oxygen every night, as well. They're also effective in filtering out allergens if you keep multiple pots. These plants are strong air purifiers in general and require virtually no care in order to thrive. You can almost place it in a low-light corner and forget it!
Chrysanthemums are one of the few flowering plants that can do well indoors. They come in a stunning array of beautiful colors but need bright light. It not only removes benzene from the surrounding air but also produces nighttime oxygen.
How many plants should be in a bedroom?
The number of plants you include in your bedroom depends on several factors. You need to consider the size of the space and which plant varieties you are interested in. Variety in size and number of species is recommended, as this will maximize your benefits.
For the average-sized room (13' x 16'), one plant will increase air quality by roughly 25%. If you increase to two, the percentage of improvement rises to about 75%. The best results tend to occur when you have between five to 10 pieces of greenery.
Should you remove plants from bedroom at night?
There is literally no reason to take your plants out of the bedroom at night. In fact, as we've previously mentioned, several species offer additional benefits during the evening hours. They can remove toxins from the air and boost oxygen levels while you sleep. Talk about nice snoozing conditions!
We're rooting for you
It's unbelievable that we've reached the end of this post; we were just starting to grow frond of you!
We established that houseplants definitely belong in your bedroom. Not only do they scrub the air clean, but they look marvelous doing it. Your room will feel full of life and can even decrease your stress and depression symptoms. And we even gave you a list of plant options to get you started. Now get out there and add some green to that bedroom space!