Want to perk up your bathroom decor without giving it a total makeover? Adding houseplants can transform a mundane space into something beautiful and totally zen.
Beyond the decorative touch, houseplants in your bathroom can actually help improve your quality of life. When you beautify spaces with lush foliage, you’re not just adding greenery. Plants are living organisms and are proven to have a positive effect on your physical and mental well-being. And, they will fit perfectly on our Bamboo Freestanding Organizing Shelf.
Why add plants to your bathroom?
Here are a few of the benefits foliage can have on your home:
During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which is exactly opposite of what humans do. This extra oxygen allows us to breathe easier.
Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in, which increases humidity levels in a dry environment. This can help combat the drying effects of heat and air conditioning, without resorting to a humidifier.
Remove Airborne Contaminants
According to a study by NASA, plants remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, from the air. These common VOCs are typically found in paints, furnishings, clothing, printed materials and building materials.
Improve Health and Well-Being
The increased humidity that plants provide can help reduce cold symptoms such as sore throats, coughs, headaches, and fatigue. They can also ease symptoms of depression and impart a sense of well-being.
Houseplants help reduce stress and anxiety and increase calm and happiness. They can help lower blood pressure due to their stress-relieving nature.
Boost Brain Power
Indoor plants have been shown to boost concentration, improve memory, and increase attention. They are also linked to boosting creativity.
How do you choose the right plant for the space?
Choosing the right plant for your bathroom is essential. Many tropical plants thrive in humid bathrooms; however, other plants will not do as well in the heat and humidity. After one hot shower, some plants will shrivel up. When shopping for bathroom greenery, here are important factors to keep in mind:
Many bathrooms are poorly lit with only a small window, if any at all. Low light plants do need some light to grow, but can survive just fine with the light produced by fluorescent bulbs.
Some plants do perfectly fine in a moist room but others need a drier environment. When shopping for a plant for your bathroom, always look for plants that thrive in warm, humid conditions. Many tropical plants do well in this setting as it mimics their natural habitat.
You may not have a lot of floor or shelf space. Placing the plant on a window sill or hanging it from the ceiling is another solution. Our Rust Proof Shower Hooks are a decorative way to hang a smaller plant without make holes in your wall or ceiling.
Which plant should you pick?
Experts at Bob Villa recommend the following plants for your bathroom – a few plants that don’t even need soil! All options are low maintenance and will flourish in warm, humid conditions.
Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, thrives in low light environment that’s typical of many bathrooms. The long, spiky leaves grow upwards and won’t take up precious counter or floor space. It filters out formaldehyde which can be found in many bathroom products, including toilet paper.
Spider Plant is low maintenance. It only needs to be watered once or twice a week and requires medium amounts of sunlight. It’s an ideal hanging plant that can filter out formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
Bamboo, one of our favorites at ToiletTree Products, can grow in any light and doesn’t even need soil! Just place the stalk in a container filled with a couple of inches of decorative pebbles and fill half-way with water. Check water levels periodically and add more when needed.
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Aspidistra is also known as the Cast Iron Plant and can survive neglect, overwatering and extreme temperat
ures. It will thrive best if you let it dry out between waterings and leave it in a shady spot.
Dracaena, or Dragon Plant, does best in a humid environment which makes it perfect for the bathroom.
Orchids can be a fussy plant to grow but they do well in indirect sunlight and high humidity. Plus, they add a beautiful pop of color to your bathroom.
Ferns natural environment has filtered light and high humidity, very similar to conditions found in the bathroom. It will look fabulous on our Bamboo Freestanding Organizing Shelf.
Ivy will grow beautifully if hung near a window. The plant will grow around pipes or trail down gracefully from its perch.
Peace Lilies don’t need much maintenance and filter impurities from the air. They will flower in minimal sunlight and moist soil.
Aloe Vera is a natural choice for the bathroom as the mature plant’s leaves can be cut open and used to heal abrasions and burns. Aloe does need a sunny ledge to grow on.
Philodendrons like bright indirect sunlight. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between watering, droopy leaves can indicate too much or too little water.
Pothos is an easy to care for plant and it grows well in indirect lighting. Pothos can grow in any type of soil or in a vase of water.
ZZ plants do best when you leave them alone. They like moderate to bright indirect sunlight but will be fine in low light. It only needs to be watered when the soil dries out, making it a very low maintenance option.
Whether or not you have a green thumb, lack sunlight or have limited space, there is a plant that will thrive in your bathroom. Greenery gives your bath a fresh and inviting spa-like atmosphere. Elevate your bathing experience and make your bathroom come alive with beautiful plants. They are one of the least expensive ways to freshen up your decor and improve your mental and physical well-being.
For a special spa bath, try temporarily placing a small plant on your Bamboo Bath Caddy. It will increase your calm and oxygen while you take a well-deserved soak.