Perfect plants for your bedroom

Perfect plants for your bedroom

Summer is finally here & now’s the time to start bringing a bit of nature into your bedroom decor.

Flowers give you that floral aesthetic with lovely lingering scents for your sleep sanctuary.

However, this season it’s all about adding plants and greenery into your bedroom that don’t just look good, they also help purify and clean the air while you sleep.

NASA famously released a Clean Air Study on plants that can absorb harmful chemicals and pollutants, as well as purify the air in your home. Did you know that on average, we spend 33 years of our lifetime in bed? That’s approximately 12,045 days! That’s why sleeping & relaxing in a healthy environment has never been more important.

Here’s our top 10 air-purifying plants for your bedroom.

Peace Lily

This low maintenance plant is great for the bedroom because it thrives, even when you forget to water it. The humble Peace Lily also helps filter the indoor air & increases the levels of humidity that help you breathe better and ultimately sleep better. It looks lovely in a bedroom with shiny leaves and big white bracts but also can survive without sunlight.

Snake Plant

Also known as Mother In-Law’s Tongue, the Snake Plant is great for night time oxygen production – so perfect for the bedroom. While it’s oxygen-giving, this slick indoor plant also purifies toxins from your household air including; benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.

Aloe Vera

This was one of Nasa’s top picks for air-purifying plants in your bedroom because it helps rid the air of formaldehyde and benzene found in varnishes, floor finishes and detergents. Plus this succulent is known for its healing abilities with the sap being applied to burns. It loves a sunny spot but doesn’t require too much watering – just not one for the bedside table if you want to avoid being pricked by its leaves.

Rubber Plant

The Ficus Robusta or Rubber Plant is a popular house plant because it requires minimal care to keep it alive – under watering is better than over watering in its case. In NASA’s study it found the Rubber Plant is the perfect addition to the bedroom because its large shiny leaves absorb airborne chemicals and break them down. That includes carbon dioxide, which the Rubber Plant converts to breathable oxygen as well as eliminating bacteria and mould spores in the air. This plant can reach around 2.4m so make sure there’s room for it in your bedroom.

Boston Fern

Add some soft elegance to your bedroom with a Boston Fern. They look beautiful cascading over shelves or in hanging baskets. Looks and they’re air-purifying, known to remove more harmful formaldehyde than any other plant. Keep them away from cats, they like to nibble the ends & you’ll need to ensure they’re watered regularly and kept in a cool place with a high level of humidity and away from direct sunlight.

Areca Palm

A stunning palm to decorate your bedroom but behind the scenes this plant helps remove dangerous chemicals in the air. It’s a plant biologically engineered to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen but also purifies your sleeping environment by removing dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Gerbera Daisy

Definitely the prettiest plant for your bedroom because it flowers, however it does so much more. Pop one by your bed because a Gerbera Daisy is known for its ability to produce high oxygen levels at night while removing harmful chemicals including trichloroethylene & benzene.

Spider Plant

These plants are commonly seen in Aussie homes for good reason. Once again, they are perfect for green finger newbies who tentatively want to bring greenery into their homes but aren’t sure how to take care of them. The Spider Plant is a simple bedroom decoration but it packs a punch in the fight against toxins. It’s one of the few house plants that is non-toxic to animals & helps eliminate toxins like carbon monoxide and xylene – a solvent used in the printing and rubber industries.

Chinese Evergreen

One of our most common household plants is actually one of the best to pull harmful toxins like formaldehyde & benzene from the air in your home, while admitting high levels of oxygen. The Chinese have known this for years, where it’s very popular – hence the plant’s name. It’s great in full shade and only needs to be watered occasionally. 

English Ivy

Another popular plant here in Australia both indoors and outdoors. Inside your home, and specifically in your bedroom US research has shown that it can remove 78% of airborne mould in just 12 hours. This is good news for anyone suffering from allergies.