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The best plants for your bedroom

April 16, 2021
Your bedroom is a place to recharge. It’s an escape and a sanctuary, a room that’s more personal and intimate than other parts of your home, and the time you spend there has a huge impact on the rest of your life. When decorating your bedroom, it’s important not to just fill the space with things that look good, but with things that will make you feel good, too, even when you’re sleeping. That’s how houseplants can help. Natural stress reducers, plants can soothe your mind and help you fall asleep faster. They also improve air quality and increase humidity, which can help you breathe easier. In addition to giving off oxygen and humidity, plants are natural purifiers that can remove dust, mold spores, bacteria, and allergens from the air. Leaf through our ideas for great houseplants for your bedroom and sow the seeds of a good night’s sleep.

English ivy

This is the classic variegated ivy that covers cottages in Yorkshire and the brick libraries of hallowed universities. It also happens to be an excellent plant for your bedside table. Easy-going English ivy prefers indirect sunlight and infrequent watering. Allergy sufferers will be relieved to discover that it can help reduce airborne mold and make it easier to sleep.

Snake plant

While most plants spend their days converting carbon dioxide to oxygen and take a break when the sun goes down, the snake plant works the swing shift, photosynthesizing in the dark to clean the air while you snooze. This ridiculously low-maintenance plant likes bright, indirect light and only needs an occasional drink of water.

Lacy tree

You’ll need plenty of space for this stunning variety of philodendron. Its enormous leaves love to spread, but they look spectacular so go ahead and give them some room. They need only moderate light and water, and according to NASA, they’re effective at removing formaldehyde from the air.

Bamboo palm

Unlike most types of palm trees, hardy, no-fuss bamboo palms thrive in low, indirect light. These good-looking trees are adept air purifiers that absorb formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, chloroform, and other chemicals so you can sleep without worry.


Easy-growing with long, strappy leaves, dracaena is another great choice for your bedroom garden. In addition to being an effective air-purifier, Dracaena adds humidity to the room, which can do wonders for your skin while you sleep. These plants like bright, filtered light so it’s a good one to set in front of a curtained window. Keep the soil damp, but just don’t let it get soggy.

Weeping fig

A superhero among air-purifying plants, the weeping fig can rid the air of toxins like trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde. There’s evidence that it has antimicrobial properties, as well. Weeping figs require plenty of sunlight and like humidity so be sure to water them often.

Aloe vera

Like the snake plant, aloe vera exhales oxygen after dark, which makes it an excellent bedroom companion. This pretty succulent is an independent sort that doesn’t need much attention and can go weeks without watering. Should you suffer a scrape or a burn, its juice can relieve the pain and help you heal.


Though it’s a little fussier than many houseplants, sweet-smelling lavender is an excellent choice for your bedroom. Its soothing scent can help you sleep, and it’s been shown to slow your heart rate and reduce blood pressure. Just be sure to give your lavender plenty of bright light, quick-draining soil, and don’t overwater.


It’s not just poets who describe the heady fragrance of gardenias as intoxicating. Researchers in Germany say the same thing. They found that compounds in the flower’s scent are similar to those used in some anxiety medications. Having some of these blooms in your bedroom may help you sleep. Just know that gardenias are not your typical houseplant, but demanding divas who crave lots of attention. Find them a sunny corner of the room (they love the spotlight) and don’t move them around. They like to stay put. Keep them on a regular watering schedule and remember that they like a bit of humidity. You can help them out, by grouping them with other plants and misting the leaves with water every morning.

Golden pothos

One of the hardiest of house plants, golden pothos is practically indestructible. It grows in almost any light and gets by with only occasional watering. The heart-shaped leaves are not only good at absorbing toxins, but they also eliminate odors and increase the amount of oxygen in the room.