Thinking about adding a houseplant to your bedroom, but don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing? Join DM Design — a fitted bedroom specialist — as they use data from NASA and the American College to guide your houseplant choices.
Houseplants and their benefits
So, what properties of houseplants make them so beneficial for both your bedroom and the rest of your home? Not only can they add a touch of green to urban spaces, they also purify air without costing a fortune. Studies have shown that houseplants have been found to help with concentration, promote better sleep and reduce anxiety among people who live around them on a day-to-day basis too.
The Plantsman, when reporting on a 2016 piece which was published in the RHS’s journal, underlined: “As placing indoor plants in rooms is one of the simplest changes that can be made to enhance the environment, it stands out as a practical and affordable support for health.”
Top plants and their properties
Advice from NASA and the American College suggests that these houseplants would be the best additions:
1. Aloe Vera
The medicinal properties of Aloe Vera plants are well-publicised. The clear and cool gel of an Aloe Vera leaf can be applied to burns, cuts, rashes and areas of sunburn to provide instant relief and speed up the healing process.
It’s also one of the best plants for air purification, releasing oxygen on a regular basis during the night, and fighting against both benzene — an ingredient of detergents — and formaldehyde — found in varnishes — to ensure a room’s air remains pure.
Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a sunny indoor location — they’re very susceptible to frost. Furthermore, plant them in a spacious pot that contains soil which has been well drained beforehand.
2 Areca Palm
The Areca Palm is also known as the Bamboo Palm, the Golden Cane Palm and the Yellow Butterfly Palm.
With its air-purifying benefits, the plant is said to be great for those who often have colds or sinus problems due to it regularly releasing moisture into the air.
This type of plant loves bright but indirect light, so choose your spot wisely! The leaves will begin to turn yellowish-green if you get it wrong!
3. Boston Fern
The Boston Fern scooped ninth place in NASA’s run-down of the top air-purifying plants. A key reason for this is that the plant is very adept at removing formaldehyde from rooms.
Chemical sensitivity is common with this type of plant. Smoke from coal fires and wood burners can also be toxic to the plant, which means that they should be placed away from any spaces susceptible to draughts.
You may want to let your Boston Fern hang off the top of a wardrobe or chest of drawers to highlight its drooping nature.
4. Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese Evergreen is appealing in that it’s fairly straight-forward to look after. The plant can grow even in areas of low light — no need to worry about placing it in a dark bedroom then.
As the plant spends more time in your bedroom, it will remove an increasing number of toxins from the air. Make sure you keep the plant away from bright sunlight (which can actually scorch its leaves), water regularly with cool water and feed with plant food once every three to four weeks.