It can be difficult to find a way to incorporate plants into your decor, but there are plenty of creative ways that you can use plants in your bathroom! Here are some ideas.
Plants that are Best for the Bathroom
Some plants like any conditions, others are more specific and have particularly requirements. When you are looking at plants for the bathroom, it is a good idea to look for tropical plants that love humidity, because bathrooms are typically warm and wet. Or to look at air plants that don’t need deep root systems.
A few examples of this kind of plant include:
- Peace lilies
- English ivy
Tips for Higher Humidity
Bathrooms are great for plants, because of their high humidity levels. However, if your bathroom lacks humidity, consider grouping plants together to create a microclimate of higher moisture.
You can also put plants on a tray that can be filled with pebbles and water once or twice a week to mimic how they would get watered outside. This method is great for low-maintenance plants, and for those that like it moist but not wet, such as African violets.
Another idea is to keep plants in clear containers with drainage holes and add a layer of rocks or pebbles to the bottom. You can also include charcoal pieces which will help filter out any toxins that might be in the water, such as chlorine from tap water. This will also keep the roots of your plant from sitting in water.
Low Maintenance Plants
Choose plants that are low maintenance for more of a “natural” look. A few examples include:
- Spider plant
- Snake plant
High Moisture Plants
Pick high moisture air loving plants. Some good options are:
- Peace lilies
- African violets
While there are plants that can live in an area with low-light conditions, all plants need some kind of light to thrive. If there are no windows in your bathroom, consider investing in a small grow light.
Low Light Plants
Some good examples of plants that can live in a bathroom with little light include:
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum): Peace lilies are popular houseplants that can tolerate low light conditions. They prefer bright, indirect light, but they will also do well in a bathroom little natural sunlight. Peace lilies are also known for their ability to purify the air.
- ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): ZZ plants are another popular houseplant that can tolerate low light conditions. They are also very drought-tolerant, so they are a good choice for people who forget to water their plants.
- Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): Snake plants are also known as mother-in-law’s tongue and are very easy to care for. They can tolerate low light and infrequent watering.
- Philodendron (Philodendron spp.): There are many different varieties of philodendrons, and some of them can tolerate low light conditions. Philodendrons are also known for their ability to purify the air.
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Spider plants are another popular houseplant that can tolerate low light conditions. They are also known for their ability to purify the air.
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): Pothos is a vining plant that can be grown in a pot or hanging basket. It can tolerate low light conditions, but it will grow more slowly in low light.
- Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata): Ferns are a type of plant that is typically found in shady or wooded areas. There are many different varieties of ferns, and some of them can tolerate low light conditions. Ferns prefer moist air, so they are a good choice for a bathroom with a shower or bathtub.
If you are considering adding plants to your bathroom, it is important to choose plants that are well-suited to the low light conditions. You should also make sure that the plants are getting enough water and humidity.
The Best Spots for Plants in a Bathroom
The next thing to consider is where to put plants in a bathroom. These spaces don’t always have the biggest free areas but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some clever places you can put plants, especially when you have ones with shallow roots.
A few simple examples include:
- Bathroom windowsill
- Shower caddy or bathtub ledge
- Next to a towel rack in plain sight when you enter the bathroom for an extra pop of color!
Create a Bathroom Window Garden
Create a window garden by hanging plants from hooks or stands. You can also find kits that allow you to attach several planters on the outside of your shower door for this purpose. The great thing about these types of gardens is how easy they are to maintain. Just remember to choose plants that are tolerant of the heat and humidity.
Mix together a few different kinds of plants for an interesting look, or keep it simple. You can do whatever time and space allow. Keep in mind how much light each plant needs when arranging them so they don’t grow out of their space too quickly.
Add Houseplants Inside the Shower
The right type of plant can make all the difference in how you feel when you are taking a shower. No matter how small your bathroom space is, there are plenty of ways to decorate with plants.
Placing plants inside the shower can help prevent mold and mildew build up around your shampoo bottles, soap dispensers, etc. If you have the space and window for light, there are also kits available so you can hang plants inside the shower. It’s a great way to bring a bit of nature inside.
Creative Ways to Add Plants to a Bathroom
Place a propagation of a large plant, like a Monstera, on the bathroom sink. That is, if there’s enough light and space. Not only is this is a simple way to add just a stem or two of a plant to a bathroom, but the roots are also great visual interest.
Don’t forget about the toilet tank. A small plant here would be a great addition.
If you’re wanting to add larger plants to your bathroom, you can always turn a pot upside down to place it on. This not only keeps the plant off the floor directly, but adds even more visual height.
Adding Plants to the Bathroom
There are so many great places in your bathroom to put plants! No matter how small your space, you can find a way to incorporate some greenery into the decor.