Top 12 Best Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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Top 12 Best Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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If you are the type of person who enjoys having living plants inside your bedroom as decorations, or even as a planting hobby that keeps you smiling whenever you enter your bedroom, then you will want to go through the list we have put together to ensure that you are making the right decisions when it comes to the type of plants you pick for your bedroom.

Instead of opting for a plant that looks pretty, but lacks any real benefit, a number of the plants we have included below have the ability to brighten up your bedroom while helping you take care of your health. In the fast-paced, non-stop world that we live in, it can be a welcome feeling to step through your bedroom door and be able to breathe in a relaxing scent that immediately helps ease the stress that you have accumulated throughout the day.

From helping you sleep to creating a more relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom, this list of the top 12 best houseplants for your bedroom is sure to surprise and educate you on how having one or more houseplants in your bedroom can make your life better.


Lavender Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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Lavender makes for an amazing addition to any bedroom. The smell alone is capable of helping you to fall asleep and increase the quality of your sleep, while it also possesses the ability to reduce your anxiety levels, helping your bedroom become a place of peace and comfort once more.

Lavender has also been known to reduce high heart rates and high blood pressure, helping you live a healthier life, even as you sleep.

Growing approximately 6 inches to 2 feet depending on the exact type that you get, lavender looks great on your nightstand and the close proximity to your bed will help ensure that you are breathing in the beneficial scents that lavender has to offer.

However, given that lavender is not typically a houseplant, you will need to make sure that wherever you place your plant it will be in an area with a lot of natural, bright light to ensure that your lavender plant remains healthy.

Also, be sure to water it the correct amount as overwatering can quickly cause lavender to rot.


Jasmine Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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Jasmine is a plant that has become better known by its scent than by its name or its beautiful ivory flowers, due to its popularity in candles, soaps, body washes, and any number of other beauty products that have taken the soothing scent of jasmine to help feel relaxed.

Instead of washing your hands in the scent of the flower only for the smell to fade seconds later, pick up a jasmine plant and keep it close to you on your nightstand so that you can breathe in the gentle, calming smell all night long.

In addition, the jasmine plant is absolutely stunning to look at and will help your bedroom look less like an enclosed room and more like the natural outdoors.

With the proven ability to help improve the quality of your sleep, jasmine can have you feeling more rested the next day, allowing you to pursue your goals with lower levels of anxiety and increased productivity that soaps, candles, and body washes simply cannot replicate.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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Aloe Vera may be one of the most obvious additions to this list with benefits that are known the world over. The plant itself is relatively easy to care for making it a great choice for any person that may be getting a houseplant for the first time, or those who may be notorious for their inability to keep a plant alive.

With a gel-like substance inside their leaves that have the ability to help sunburns, frostbites, rashes, cold sores, and a number of other skin conditions aloe vera has become an increasingly popular choice for houseplant owners.

However, many people who are familiar with its leaves medicinal benefits may have made the mistake of overlooking another beneficial quality of this amazing plant.

The aloe vera plant has been shown to improve the air quality around it. Placing it in your bedroom, you will be increasing the amount of clean oxygen you are breathing throughout the night, helping you get a more restful sleep.

Sansevieria, Snake Plant

 Sansevieria Snake Plant Houseplants for Your Bedroom

Snake plants have extraordinary leaves resembling green swords that instantly become the focal point of any drab bedroom.

While the leaves have given it the less-than-flattering nickname, the Mother-In-Law’s-Tongue, this astonishing plant comes with numerous benefits that your mother-in-law would be hard-pressed to match.

The snake plant acts as a natural filter that has been shown to remove harmful chemicals or toxins from the air that can range in severity from formaldehyde to simple molds.

It also helps to improve the air quality of your bedroom and your house by taking in excess carbon dioxide and emitting rich oxygen to decrease your restless nights.

For those who may not be on the best of terms with the plants in their life, the snake plant is a great low maintenance alternative to some of the more needy houseplants out there.

Simply water it every two or so weeks and make sure that the container it is growing in has drainage holes as snake plants tend to rot in standing water.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily Houseplants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

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The beautiful look of this plant coupled with its easy-to-grow tendency makes it a perfect choice for any new homeowners to liven up their bedroom.

The peace lily’s leaves indicate exactly how much water it needs by quickly wilting when it requires watering and returning to their former glossy finish when its thirst has been met.

It is also capable of thriving in both high and low lighting atmospheres making it an amazing plant for bedrooms that may not get a lot of sunlight.

Depending on the size of the peace lily that you have it can be placed on an elevated area like a nightstand or dresser, or it can be grown as a floor plant.

Even the name of the peace lily helps elicit feelings of relaxation and serenity, while it purifies the air in the room and increases the humidity by approximately five percent, making it easier to breathe as you sleep.


Rosemary Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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Rosemary is frequently used in cooking and has a woody flavor that makes it a delicious addition to many meals, so it isn’t surprising that many people would find it strange to grow rosemary in your bedroom.

However, rosemary also has an astonishing number of health benefits that can increase relaxation and help you sleep better.

The aroma that it gives off has been known to decrease stress levels and reduce anxiety, making it perfect for keeping on your nightstand and helping to limit those sleepless nights spent stressing about work, kids, or finances.

It is also capable of helping to improve the quality of the air in the room and has been shown to help regulate your mood. This delightful culinary ingredient has even been used to help improve your memory, and its piney scent will perk up any day.

Just remember to water rosemary regularly, allowing the soil to dry almost completely between waterings, and to rotate your rosemary plant for more even growth.

Parlor Palm

The parlor palm is great for bedrooms with little natural light, preferring to grow with bright indirect lights that can be provided by artificial lamps or overhead lights in your bedroom.

If you are concerned about high amounts of humidity from an adjoining ensuite potentially hurting your houseplants then the parlor palm is the best plant for you. It thrives in high humidity environments and is more than comfortable in normal home humidity.

Place it in a large pot in the corner of your room and watch as it grows up to eight feet in height, giving your bedroom the feeling of a tropical paradise as it helps to clean and freshen the air around it and provide you with more peaceful sleep.

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum Comosum Spider Plant Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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Spider plants have been a popular houseplant choice for decades. You may have grown up in a home that had one, two, or even more spider plants as their unique look quickly became a sought-after style choice in the all the way back to the 70s!

They grow easily with varying degrees of light exposure and an average amount of watering. Their leaves will begin to brown if they do not get enough water, making it a simple plant to know when and how to care for it.

The spider plant is capable of adding flair and personality to your bedroom that may be missing while it helps clean the air around it. The sprouting pups can be cut and planted in other rooms, or simply left to add to your spider plant’s charm.


Red Edged Dracaena Houseplants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Dracaena are easy to grow and can grow up to ten feet tall, making them ideal plants for underutilized corners of your bedroom. The soil should dry between waterings, while the dracaena enjoys bright, indirect light for the best growth.

Absolutely stunning additions to any bedroom, the dracaena is capable of brightening up your room with their presence and come in a wide variety of colors.

They have also been shown to clean and purify the air around them, helping your lungs to breathe easily as you enjoy a peaceful sleep.

Though it should be mentioned that the leaves can be toxic if they are chewed, so if you have a pet or children who may put the leaves in their mouths this may not be the house plant for you.

Scented Geranium

Scented Geranium Houseplants for Your Bedroom

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The scented geranium may lack some of the medical benefits that come with a number of the plants on this list, but this cousin of the ordinary household geranium makes up for it with its incredible scent.

The leaves of the scented geranium can produce a strong fragrance that is easily capable of breathing a breath of fresh air into your bedroom.

With a vast array of scents to choose from including chocolate, coconut, lemon, mint, nutmeg, ginger, and more, the scented geranium tops the list for anyone looking for a simple houseplant to clear out lingering smells that may have settled over a number of years.

Keep it in high light conditions and water it sparingly, giving the soil time to dry completely before watering again, and your scented geranium will be happy and healthy, allowing you to enjoy it for a long time.

English Ivy

English Ivy Houseplants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

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English ivy may seem like an odd inclusion to this list, but there are very few decor choices that can imitate the luxurious, crawling leaves of this distinguished plant.

Place it in an area in your bedroom that gets moderate sunlight, much care won't be necessary as this plant is robust and easily cared for, only requiring mild watering and a medium exposure to light to thrive.

If the English ivy’s unique look and creeping growth doesn’t convince you that this plant is suited for any bedroom, then perhaps its ability to significantly decrease the amount of airborne mold within a room over a very short period of time will have you more excited.


The last entry on our list is valerian, which has a beautiful white, red, or pink flower and a scent reminiscent of vanilla that is sure to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better if you have this plant growing in your bedroom.

While it does require a lot of sunlight to keep it healthy and a consistent moisture level to its soil, valerian also comes with added medicinal benefits.

This popular herb has been proven to be effective in treating anxiety and insomnia, while the roots can be ground up and used in mild sedatives.

Though it should be mentioned that cats absolutely love valerian and are drawn to it in a similar way as they are drawn to catnip.

So, if you have cats you may want to avoid this houseplant choice for your bedroom as keeping it away from your cats may not be possible.

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