A bathroom can often appear bland and sterile, and adding a feeling of warmth can be expensive. But a cheap and easy way to make a bathroom come alive is with the use of the right indoor plants. Unsure about which plants are best for displaying in a small and often sun-deprived area like the bathroom?
We’ve rounded up some popular house plants that will thrive in humid, low-lit areas which makes them the perfect tool for turning your shower time into an imaginary tropical escape.
Depending on the position and design of your bathroom, this area may not receive as much natural light as the rest of your home. Choose plants that can survive in low light then open up windows and blinds when the bathroom’s not in use and take plants outside every now and then for a dose of sunshine.
Humidity And Temperature
Even with adequate ventilation, bathrooms are wet and humid and, at times, hot! This kind of environment is not suited to all plants so it pays to do a bit of research. Plants such as ferns, orchids, succulents and other tropical varieties don’t mind the heat and humidity.
Size can be a challenging factor when decorating a bathroom as they’re usually designed to fit the necessities – vanity, shower, bath, and toilet. If you don’t have a lot of room, try displaying them on top of the vanity or windowsills or try indoor hanging plants instead.
Once you’re ready, check out these plants that thrive in bathrooms.
Because of its low water requirements, Aloe may be able to survive off of the humidity alone. This healing plant is also great to have on hand for sunburn, cuts, and insect bites.
The Boston Fern is native to subtropical and tropical environments so they thrive off the humidity! Place or hang near the window as they require as much indirect light as possible. Spritz with a water spray if it appears to be drying out.
If you’re lucky enough to have space and sunlight in your bathroom, a fiddle leaf fig could be the perfect fit! FLF’s love light and sunny position, so be sure to place yours near a window.
The hearty Devil’s Ivy thrives indoors with little light and little water and they don’t mind the heat! Perfect for a hanging pot – let the vibrant green leaves cascade for a lush display.
Given that orchids are native to rainforests, the bathroom seems like the perfect place. Try and duplicate an orchid’s natural environment, by giving them only 2-3 tbsp of water every two weeks, less if your bathroom is quite humid, and as much natural light and airflow as possible.
This easy-to-care-for indoor plant, thrives without too much watering and little sunlight and also works to naturally cleanse the air of nasty pollutants such as acetone. They also love the humidity!
One of the most resilient indoor plants of the bunch (you can leave it in your bedroom with low light, only watering it occasionally, and it will continue to thrive), mother-in-law’s tongue is not only rich in color but has toxin-fighting qualities too.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.