25 Best Plants for Bedroom To Create a Nature-Esque Escape

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Houseplants are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary. Plants add greenery and a sense of serenity in bedrooms. Not only do they look stunning in a room, but houseplants can also naturally filter air pollutants, removing toxins and releasing oxygen to freshen the bedroom for a more restful night.

From plants that will grow tall with proper care to hanging plants that will infuse lots of personality into your room, this article contains the best plants for bedroom to help you find an option to fit your bedroom style.

Best Bedroom Plants

1. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

Golden Pothos, or Devil’s Ivy, is an easy-care plant that can be grown even by those without the greenest thumbs. This almost-indestructible plant has glossy, heart-shaped leaves and trailing vines that drape perfectly over shelves, dressers, or hanging planters.

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Pothos is a strong plant that can grow in any lighting condition, from direct sunlight to indirect light conditions or full shades. It is also tolerant to infrequent watering. Ensure the soil is dry before you water it.

Besides being a breeze to grow and care for, pothos is beneficial to have in your bedroom because of its air-purifying qualities. It effectively filters out chemicals such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene. Also, it responds well to pruning, so new growers don’t have to worry about damaging it during pruning

2. Snake Plant (Sanseveria Trifasciata)

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is a highly architectural plant, producing sword-like leaves, beautifully striped and usually featuring a golden margin. Originating from tropical West Africa, this plant has all it takes to be one of the best plant ideas for the bedroom; easy-going nature, striking looks, and fantastic toxin-absorbing and air-purifying properties.

Snake plant

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Perfect for a bedside table, this air-filtering hero requires low maintenance and would even prefer if you ignore it regularly, making it a perfect option for busy plant parents. Let the soil dry between waterings, and occasionally give those leaves a bit of dusting. This plant will thrive in a fair amount of indirect light.

3. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)

You’ve most likely seen this shiny beauty all over Instagram. The Swiss Cheese plant is a great statement plant for larger bedrooms. Its large, glossy deep green leaves are held on gently arching stems, creating a splendid and luxurious feel. If your bedroom has ample space, this is a great houseplant because it needs room to flourish and spread out.

Place it in a moderately lit corner on the floor of your room. For a trendy look of a modern bedroom idea, try placing it in a rattan basket.

Swiss Cheese Plant

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With its large leaves and ability to absorb toxins from the air, Monstera is another effective air-purifying plant, making it rank among the best bedroom plants. It is an easy-going option that requires weekly watering and moderate light to grow.

However, you may want to steer clear of Monstera if you have pets because it may irritate dogs, cats, or other small animals.

4. Lavender (Lavandula)

Lavender is known for its sleep-inducing properties. It has a soothing scent that has a calming effect on the nervous system. This makes it an ideal plant for the bedroom. With its purple flowers and silvery-green leaves, Lavender makes a beautiful bedside accent.

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Though not a typical houseplant, Lavender can actually survive indoors, provided the conditions are right. Give it lots of bright direct sunlight and water it when the soil is dry but don’t overwater it lest it rots. Also, ensure you plant it in a large enough pot to give the roots plenty of space.

5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Let the personality of the spider plant infuse your room with fun and fresh air. Its sprawling, stripped leaves arch from the center, creating a bountiful green mass. Besides its beauty, the spider plant is one of the best air-purifying plants. It removes cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air and absorbs odors, keeping the air fresh and promoting better sleeping.

Spider plant

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This plant also produces oodles of baby spider plants, allowing you to grow and propagate new plants for your bedroom and other rooms in your home. Spider plants thrive in medium to bright indirect sunlight, and you should water it when the soil feels dry to the touch.

6. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

Weeping Fig is an excellent choice for a bedside companion. With numerous glossy dark green leaves on every plant, this houseplant can effectively filter out air pollutants, especially those found in furniture or carpets.

Weeping Fig

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This slender tree exudes elegance, with the small, pointed leaves borne on arching branches. Hailing from South Asia and Australia, Ficus Benjamina thrives in bright indirect sunlight but should be kept away from breezes to avoid leaf drops. Water once the soil is dry. Occasional misting can also be appreciated.

A small Weeping Figs is perfect for a bedside table. However, you may need to move it to the floor as it grows. Also, once you’ve found a spot where your plant is happy, you should avoid moving it around too much because Weeping Figs can be sensitive to environmental changes.

7. Aloe Vera Plant (Aloe Barbadensis)

If you’re sleeping in a recently redecorated bedroom and are concerned about the chemicals given off by the fresh layers of paint, Aloe Vera is the best plant to introduce into the bedroom. This air-filtering plant rids the air of benzene and releases oxygen at night, making it perfect for the sleeping environment.

Aloe Vera plant

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Aloe Vera is incredibly easy to care for. As a succulent plant, it doesn’t need frequent watering but requires bright light. Therefore, you can place it you should place it near the window or on a windowsill for adequate light exposure.

Another added benefit of the Aloe Vera plant is its medicinal use. The juice from the fleshy leaves of Aloe Vera can be used to cure burns and scrapes.

8. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

This trailing beauty works beautifully in a hanger as an above-the-bed decor idea to give your bedroom texture. English Ivy is a simple houseplant that suits most small bedrooms because it is ideally suited to hanging pots where it will drape down gently over the sides. The glossy star-shaped leaves that can either be variegated or deep green make it an attractive naturalistic houseplant perfect for most bedrooms.

English Ivy

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English ivy is one of the best houseplants you can have in your bedroom. It’s an air-purifying plant that can effectively absorb benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, and toluene. Additionally, it clears the air of mold and animal feces and keeps allergies at bay.

English ivy is happy in a slightly shady spot. Just don’t let it sit in the water.

9. Red Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)

Offering stunning colorful foliage, the Maranta Leuconeura makes a great focal feature for any bedroom. The dark green leaves feature pink stripes along the veins, lime green highlights, and a pinkish bronze underside. The leaves fold up like hands in prayer every evening, then open up again to greet you in the morning. Interesting!

Red Prayer plant

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Like other houseplants, the Red Prayer plant removes the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. Additionally, it may help reduce stress and anxiety and improve your sleep

This plant is easy-going and can do well in a moderate to low-light spot with moderately damp soil. Its compact size makes it manageable and perfect for the bedroom since it will leave enough room on your bedside table for other essentials.

10. Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

The Dragon Tree is the epitome of a statement plant, with its narrow, slender gray stems topped with sword-shaped arching leaves. Adding instant height to a bedroom, it can grow four feet tall or more indoors. It is perfect for a room with blank walls as a neutral bedroom idea or narrow corners and can also look great behind furniture.

Dragon Tree

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Besides making an attractive room addition, Dracaena Marginata is also one of the best air-purifying houseplants. It removes toxins from the air and oxygenates the room during the day, perfect for helping you achieve that great night’s sleep.

Also, this plant requires low maintenance because it’s a tough, drought-tolerant plant that can be a little more forgiving to neglect. Place it in a spot receiving bright indirect sunlight and water it when the soil is dry. You may also consider a light misting from a spray bottle

11. Gardenia Plant (Gardenia Jasminoides)

The Gardenia flowering plant is a little more high-maintenance than the other options on our list, but the extra care will definitely be worth your while. These plants bloom stunning scented flowers that are a popular choice for the bedroom. The bedroom benefit of this plant is that it can help regulate sleep. It relieves anxiety and promotes sleep. So if you’re looking for a natural way to treat insomnia, make Gardenia an addition to your bedroom instead of the pills.

Gardenia Plant

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Place Gardenia in a spot receiving bright indirect sunlight or direct sunlight for a few hours. It also needs high humidity to survive but do not overwater it. You can use an electric humidifier or spray it every day with a water mist.

12. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Black thumbs, this one is for you. The rubber plant’s large glossy, dark, beefy-shaped leaves will bring drama and great vertical interest to any small bedroom. Use it to make an attractive statement by placing it in a medium to bright-light corner of your bedroom.

Rubber plant

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With its striking dark green foliage, this low-maintenance beauty is a powerful air purifier and toxin eliminator. Its abundant leaves absorb large amounts of air contaminants, making it excellent for indoor air cleaning. Besides its air purification abilities, this fancy-looking plant has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties.

While it prefers bright light, specially filtered morning sun, it can also thrive in lower-light conditions. Water when the soil is slightly dry, and keep its attractive leaves shiny by carefully dusting them frequently. If you choose to prune it, wear protective gloves to keep the sticky sap off your fingers.

13. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Species)

If you like to have some flowers among your foliage, Peace Lily features an array of brilliant white flowers, making it your perfect choice. This luxurious-looking houseplant is perfect for your bedroom because it can improve indoor air quality. It is excellent at boosting the room’s humidity by removing indoor air pollutants that cause dryness and removing allergens and toxins from the air.

Peace Lily

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If you want to increase flower production, we suggest situating the Peace Lily near the window to receive bright indirect sunlight that boosts the production of the white flower-like spathes. However, if you aren’t fussed about having too many flowers on your Peace Lily, you can leave it in a shaded area of your space. This plant is tolerant of low light, so its glossy green leaves and white flowers will brighten up any dull corner of the bedroom, receiving little natural light.

Peace Lily is a very low-maintenance plant that is also drought-tolerant. Therefore, you can water it infrequently, only when the soil is dry to the touch. Actually, this plant lets you know when it wants to be watered. The leaves wilt when they’re thirsty. Also, do not overwater it because sitting in soggy soil will kill your bedroom plant.

Note that Peace Lily is toxic; you should keep it away from your pets and children.

14. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)

Lady Palm, also known as Bamboo Palm, is a patterned, straight plant that can add elegance and greenery to your bedroom. It can grow up to 18 inches, so if you want to hide a corner or your bedroom but want to keep it subtle, this is your go-to option.

Lady Palm

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It clears the air, making it safe to breathe while filtering out toxins like xylene, ammonia, formaldehyde, and carbon dioxide. 

Water these plants when the topsoil is dry and keep them in full or partial shade. Maintenance is also easy, which is why it is a great fit for bedrooms.

15. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

Hailing from eastern Africa (from southern Kenya to northeastern South Africa), this indoor tropical plant with dark shiny leaves and a bold upright form, making it a striking feature, is a beautiful addition to any dresser or nightstand.

ZZ Plant

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It’s also a great air purifier, capable of eliminating toxins in the air such as toluene, xylene, and benzene to a great extent

ZZ plant tolerates low-light levels and infrequent watering, making it a perfect option if you are an on-the-go plant parent or occasionally forget to water. To keep it healthy, only water when the few inches of the topsoil feel dry.

16. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)

With numerous potential health benefits, an easy-care nature, and a tropical appeal, the Areca Palm really has it all. This plant adds a luxurious aesthetic to any indoor environment. Also, it’s a large plant that will require plenty of space on your floor to allow the fronds to fan out.

Areca Palm

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Rated by NASA as one of the best air purifiers, Areca Palm boasts removing harmful toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, which improves air quality in your bedroom and lowers your chances of getting sick while encouraging better sleep.

Areca Palm is happy in bright, indirect light and can be quite forgiving of other conditions. Keep its soil evenly moist in warmer months but let the soil dry between waterings during winter.

17. Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis Exaltata)

This beautiful fern is a classic houseplant with an arching, bright green frond that will look lovely in any bedroom. Also known as sword fern, Boston fern features soft emerald green feather-shaped fronds, making it perfect for hanging.

Boston Fern

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This plant cleanses indoor air, removing toxins such as xylene and toluene. Also, it can improve your mood and reduce stress.

Boston ferns do best in lots of light, so it’s best to hang it near your bedroom window or in a sunny corner and ensure you mist it daily. Alternatively, you can try to put it on a tray of pebbles filled with water. Also, they tend to shed regularly, so, like a parent, be prepared to pick up after them!

18. Silver Inch Plant (Tradescantia Zebrina)

Featuring green and vining purple leaves with silver stripes, the Silver Inch Plant is perfect if you’re looking to add a bold design element as a colorful bedroom design idea.

Tradescantia Zebrina

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Thanks to its long vines, this plant also does well in a hanger or basket. When you pinch back its long vines, the Tradescantia zebrina will quickly branch out, becoming full and plush. This compact form makes it perfect for a bedside table or shelf.

Originating from Central America, Tradescantia does well in a bright spot out of direct sunlight. Just water it when the compost begins to dry out.

19. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Commutatum)

If you’re looking for a bedroom plant that doesn’t require much attention, the Chinese Evergreen is one of the best plants to keep in your bedroom. This plant has strappy glossy leaves, which may have hints of silver or red, making it a beautiful addition to any bedroom.

Chinese Evergreen

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Besides thriving on neglect, Chinese Evergreen will keep your room fresh and increases oxygen levels to help you breathe properly. This makes it one of the best indoor plants to have in your bedroom.

Keep your Chinese Evergreen in the low-light spot of your bedroom, and keep the soil lightly moist at all times.

20. Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officianalis)

Rosemary has a strong, pleasant aroma known to reduce anxiety and stress. This quality can make your sleeping hours more peaceful and satisfying. We also suggest smelling this therapeutic herb in the morning when you get out of bed to clear your mind and elevate your mood.

Rosemary plant

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Besides improving sleep, Rosemary is also an air-purifying plant that improves indoor air quality. Keep one or two in your bedroom, and it won’t be too inconvenient for you to snip a sprig for a dinner recipe. 

Rosemary needs strong light, so keep it in front of your bedroom window, preferably a south-facing window. Let the soil dry between waterings, and turn the pot weekly so the plant can grow more evenly.

21. Flamingo plant (Anthurium)

If you are looking for a houseplant to add a bit of color to your bedroom, it is not surprising you’ve come across Anthurium. This tropical plant is among the most common indoor plants thanks to its beautiful flowers and is selectively cultivated for an impressive range of various bloom colors.

Anthurium

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Anthurium helps eliminate carbon dioxide and provides plenty of oxygen with its greenery. Place your pink-and-green treasure in a spot with bright light but not direct sunlight with high humidity. Water it weekly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

22. Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii)

The cheerful color of Gerbera daisies brightens your bedroom during the day, and at night this plant releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide and toxins from the air. These flowers are always recommended for people with allergies and sleep apnea.

Gerbera Daisies

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Although Gerbera Daisies need higher maintenance than other bedroom plants, their benefits make the extra effort well worth it. Keep it in a spot with bright light and water it once a week only when the topsoil is dry.

23. Scented Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens)

Replace your dresser drawer sachets with this beautiful houseplant with a heady aroma. Even though Scented Geranium flowers less frequently, it makes up for its lack of petals with its leaf fragrance, which comes in a fantastic variety of scents, including rose, apricot, nutmeg, lemon, cinnamon, mint, lime, pineapple, ginger, coconut, chocolate, and more.

Scented Geranium

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This plant also requires a bit more maintenance. It tolerates medium to bright light, and you should keep the soil moist but well-drained. To create a bushier plant, ensure you remove faded leaves and flowers.

24. Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

If you want a splash of greenery without thinking much about it, the Cast-Iron plant is for you. This plant lives up to its name by being tough and drought-tolerant, with broad, dark green leaves that droop when they need water. Its compact size means you can set it on your bedside table, a dresser, or a pedestal for more prominence.

Cast-Iron Plant

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Keeping Cast-Iron in your bedroom gives you the benefit of fresh oxygen at night, enhancing your sleep. This plant is happy in low-light conditions, making it one of the best low-light indoor plants. Keep the soil moist and well-drained in summer and drier in winter.

25. Jasmine (Jasminum)

Jasmine makes an eye-catching accent plant, but it is more than just a pretty face. It has a lovely, relaxing scent that improves sleep quality and increases your chances of waking up with less anxiety and a better attitude.

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Jasmine plants are long-lasting and add a touch of crisp white to décor. It thrives in consistently moist soil under medium to bright light conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions on Bedroom Plants

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1. Where should you put plants in the bedroom?

The best place to place your bedroom plants will be far from your bed, i.e., on the bedside table or near the window if you have space. Position your plant in the east or south areas of your room

2. How do you decorate the bedroom with plants?

You can use plants in various ways to add greenery and calming effect to your space. Here are some ideas for decorating your bedroom with plants.

  1. Accent a wall or window
  2. A Plant CornerWindowsills
  3. Shelving
  4. Hanging
  5. Bedside table accent
  6. Accent with a wall of greenery
  7. Use Your Headboard

3. Do bedroom plants help sleep?

Bedroom plants can improve your night’s sleep, enabling you to wake up calmly and re-energize. Many bedroom plants remove toxins and release oxygen, which improves air quality in your bedroom. Some also relieve anxiety and improve your mental health, encouraging good sleep.

4. Is it okay to have plants in your bedroom?

Despite the overwhelming benefits of indoor plants, there are varying opinions when it comes to keeping plants in the bedroom. While some people believe it may be harmful because plants may respire as humans do, emitting CO2 (carbon dioxide) at night, humans and pets produce more CO2 than plants do.

Adding the best bedroom plants to your space is one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality. They release oxygen and remove toxins which can help you sleep better. Adding greenery to your bedroom also reduces stress, boosts mood, and creates a calming effect for re-energizing and self-care. Therefore, it’s okay to say every bedroom deserves at least one or two plants.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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