Beautiful indoor plants to decorate your bedroom and purify the air
Houseplants do more than just look good. Certain plants when kept in the bedroom can improve the air quality as well as absorb carbon dioxide while you sleep.
A study by NASA found that some indoor plants can purify the air by removing airborne toxins including benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde. 
In this article I’ve put together a list of ten of the best plants to have in your bedroom.
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What are the best bedroom plants?
The best type of plants to have in your bedroom are those that absorb carbon dioxide at night.
During the day most plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis and at night about half of that carbon is then released.
Some common plants that use CAM photosynthesis include cacti, succulents, orchids and pineapples.
All of the plants included in this article use CAM photosynthesis so you can be assured that they’re cleaning the air while you sleep.
10 Best Plants for the Bedroom
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe Vera is a succulent with spiky green leaves. They’re easy to care for and because they store moisture in their leaves, they don’t require frequent watering.
Aloe Vera doesn’t are great for small spaces and they’re well suited to a sunny spot on a shelf or somewhere close to a window.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)
Moth Orchids have long stalks with multiple flowers in beautiful colors including pink, yellow, white and purple.
Moth Orchids love humidity but don’t like to be constantly wet. It’s not a good idea to let the plant sit in a saucer of water for a long period of time.
Bromeliads are low maintenance indoor plants that love humidity. They have bright, long lasting flowers that are actually modified leaves called bracts. During the warmer months their leaves can be misted with water.
Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Mother-In-Law’s-Tongue, also known as Snake plant is a type of succulent that has long, sword shaped leaves.
They’re easy to care for and don’t mind drying out between watering. They do best in well drained pots and can be propagated from leaf cuttings.
Agave is a low maintenance succulent that likes sunny areas and well-drained soil.
Once an agave has flowered, the plant will slowly die but it will produce a number of baby plants at the base that can be removed and planted to grow a new plant.
Jade (Crassula ovata)
Jade, also known as the money plant is an easy to care for succulent. It has thick rounded leaves and grows best in a well-lit area like a windowsill.
Jade can be propagated from individual leaves.
Air Plants (Tillandsia spp.)
Air Plants are part of the bromeliad family and have the ability to survive on air.
They can absorb nutrients and moisture through their leaves without needing to grow in soil.
Air Plants can be placed in a bowl or terrarium on a bed of pebbles or gravel.
Hoya (Hoya spp.)
Hoya, also known as wax plants are low maintenance plants that are perfect for hanging baskets.
They have clusters of flowers in a range of colors including pink, purple, yellow and white.
Hoya doesn’t like to be moved as the flowers can fall off.
Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata)
Zebra Plant is a succulent that has pointy leaves with white stripes.
They’re slow growing and can live for many years in the same pot.
Zebra Plant would be well suited to a bedside table or desk in the bedroom.
Most species of Cacti have spines, which are modified leaves that help to defend them against herbivores and prevent water loss.
Cacti can live in extremely dry environments and require only minimal watering.
They’re suited to a sunny spot in the bedroom near a window.
ZZ Plant, also called Zanzibar Gem is a hardy, slow growing plant that can tolerate low light and minimal watering. It’s perfect for dark bedrooms and beginner gardeners.
ZZ Plants don’t like to be overwatered. During warm weather the leaves can be misted with water.
Tips for Growing Healthy Bedroom Plants
- Choose a spot in the room that is well lit but away from direct sunlight
- Be careful not to overwater your plants – check the potting mix with your fingertips to see if it’s moist or dry
- Cut off any leaves that are mouldy
- Use a saucer underneath your pots to protect your furniture from moisture
How to Style Plants in your Bedroom
Plants can be placed in many areas around your room:
- Bedside table
- On top of drawers or cupboards
- On the floor
- On a shelf
- On a plant stand
- Hanging from a hook on the ceiling
Final Thoughts on Plants for the Bedroom
Plants are a beautiful addition to any room in the house including the bedroom. Not only do they contribute to the natural tranquility of the room, they also create a natural feeling of peace and calmness, while also improving the quality of the air you breathe while you sleep.