While you may think of the bathroom as a fairly cold and unnatural room in the house, the latest design trends suggest otherwise. Previously sterile spaces are now being brightened up with lush green plants and installations. Here we explore how to add a splash of greenery to your bathroom.
Why Go Green in the Bathroom?
Believe it or not, but the bathroom is one of the most ideal rooms in the home for keeping plants. Steam from the shower creates a hot and humid haven, which moisture-loving plants thrive in.
Plants also help soften the bathroom and add a more natural and earthy feel against cold tiles and chrome fixtures.
There are myriad ways to add the greenhouse effect to your bathroom. Consider a few well-placed plants in coloured pots that complement your décor. Or splash out and install an indoor green wall behind the bath. Another option is to plant a stunning feature outside the bathroom, behind a plate of glass. This clever effect gives the illusion of a green bathroom without the maintenance woes.
Which Plants Should I Use?
Of course, not all plants will survive and thrive in the bathroom. Here are a few plants that are ideal for greening your bathroom:
- Ferns add a delicate touch when placed on the window sill or on top of a cabinet. Just remember to water them twice a week to keep them happy. Every so often you may need to remove dead fronds that fall from the fern.
- Bromeliads: These hardy plants are super-tolerant and only need a monthly drink combined with a little plant food.
- Grape ivy: Give these glossy plants something to hold onto and they will flourish in the bathroom. They do best in a bright bathroom, with a regular water.
- Prayer plants: These gorgeous small plants enjoy well-lit, indoor spaces and don’t need much water.
- Aloe Vera: Requiring water once every few weeks, this tolerant plant doesn’t require much up-keep and is happy in a moderately-lit bathroom.
Get more ideas in our article Choosing Plants for Your Bathroom