4 Best Bedroom Plants: Purify Air, Improve Sleep & Add Decor

Since we spend a third of our lives in bed, our bedrooms must be as attractive and comfortable as possible. We’ll explain how bedroom plants can assist us in achieving this. 

Surprisingly, a single plant can significantly improve the air quality in your bedroom. Additionally, you’ll find plants that reduce noise and others that have surprising and enjoyable reactions to light. 

It’s lovely to connect with nature’s calming and restorative effects from bed by gazing at a beautiful assortment of plants. 

Plants: A Natural Sleep Aid 

woman sleeping next to houseplant.

Plants act as the world’s natural sound machines to reduce noise pollution by diffracting, reflecting, and absorbing sound. Like carpeting, houseplants can absorb a lot of sounds. Here are some suggestions for using bedroom plants to help you sleep well. 

The Power of Grouping Plants

Plants reduce noise the best when clustered together. Place your collection in a corner for maximum sound absorption from both directions. 

Use Floor Plants To Muffle More Sound

Choose a floor plant if the space allows. Such as a Limelight dracaena’s foliage that will help muffle sound, as will the soil and the size of its large pot. The croton’s large, extra-absorbent leaves can also make it a floor plant, even though it is not one. 

Layers, Please 

showing best plant for bedroom decor.

You can use a mistletoe fig that “creeps” across the floor with croton and dracaena on the sides. You could also place a goldfish plant and a tiny Tillandsia ionanlha air plant on a table. 

You could even suspend ceiling plants to block out unwanted sounds. Low-maintenance pothos plants such as the Baltic Blue work excellently for this. 

Note: pothos needs indirect sunlight, so if you have a south-facing window, it could be too much direct light for pothos.

Plant’s Are Nature’s Air Purifiers

Although we know plants absorb carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, they accomplish a lot more than that. 

The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by and found in carpeting, cleaning products, and paint can be completely removed by plants from our air. 

One of the most thorough studies of its kind, funded by NASA in 1989, sought to identify the best plants for air filtration. A few leading candidates for the best bedroom plants that purify air are listed below. 

4 Best Bedroom Plants That Remove Air Pollutants 

1.) English Ivy

english ivy plant in bedroom.

English ivy (Hedera helix) is an amicable bedfellow that tolerates dim bedrooms relatively well. Numerous varieties are available, including the miniature “Jubilee,” which can climb up objects to form a living curtain or tumble down bedside tables. There is evidence that they help lower indoor mold and allergen levels. 

2.) Snake Plant 

snake plant in bedroom

The snake plant, also known as Mother-in-law’s-tongue, is distinguished by its sword-like leaves, which also serve as an eye-catching architectural feature. Although, it is said in feng shui that sword-like leaves can bring bad energy. So, use it with caution if you believe in feng shui.

In addition, the snake plant produces oxygen and removes toxins throughout the night, unlike other plants that release carbon dioxide at that time. 

3.) Gerbera Daisies 

gerbera daisy in bedroom windowsill.

Gerbera daisies (Gerbera x hybrid), which are sunflower family members, have sturdy stems, strong leaves, and a wide range of colors. Getting rid of chemical vapors inside gerberas has proven very effective.

Keep these indoor plants in a cool area with some morning sun for several weeks of blossoming. For best-growing results, keep the soil moist.

4.) Chrysanthemum (Mums)

bedroom with mum flowers

Chrysanthemum spp., also known as mums, are an excellent option for bringing a pop of color into the bedroom, even though they are only short bloomers. However, don’t be deceived by their gentle exterior; these blooming beauties are also a top choice for cleaning the air while you sleep.

Flowers can last up to six weeks and should be kept in a cool, bright area with consistently moist soil. 

Plants You Can Use on a Dresser 

indoor plants on dresser

Create an expression of your sense of style on your dresser. But, pick low-maintenance plants to add ambiance to your space without adding to your busy schedule. 

Go Bohemian 

You can soften bold features and add a relaxed atmosphere by incorporating a large mirror, a vine, or other climbing greenery. You can use clear 3M hooks to affix grape ivy to the mirror’s frame (which is discreet and removable). 

Contemporary Looks

Without being overpowering, subtle patterns and monochromatic colors add layers of interest. To attract attention, combine an unusual plant like the “Ming Thing” cactus with a chic metallic vase resembling a mirror’s design. 

Merge Two Plants For More Effect

Create a sophisticated setting ideal for pampering and indulging by combining softly textural plants—like the delicate beading of the string of pearls and the voluminous tousles of N ‘Joy’ pothos—with statement-making metallic accents. 

Natural Elegance

Think Joshua Tree meets Scandinavia. Try using a monotone plant and accessories, thus, creating contrasting textures, which is essential to generate interest. 

Examples include a woven basket next to a painted ceramic planter and the soft, furry leaves of the panda plant “Chocolate Soldier.”

Plants Enjoy Sleep as Well

Some plants go to sleep at night, believe it or not. Darkness causes this slumbering response, known as nyctinasty. The leaves nod off for the night once the light levels fall. 

The plant will “stir” from its sleeping slate as the sun rises, spreading its leaves to gather energy. 

In addition to closing at night, the touch-me-not plant also responds to even light touch (a response called seismonasty, a defense against predators). 

Keep oxalis and the prayer plant close to your bed, and you and the earth’s rotation will be able to experience its rhythm together.

Bedroom Decor Tip

neon pothos in bathroom

Although it’s common to consider the green of foliage a “neutral” tone, keep in mind that it can also be used to add a splash of color to your space. For more, check out these 20 pothos decoration ideas.

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Davin is a jack-of-all-trades but has professional training and experience in various home and garden subjects. He leans on other experts when needed and edits and fact-checks all articles.