House plants have become increasingly popular over the past few years and were now seeing them in bathrooms! A bathroom is typically a warm, humid room that provides the perfect environment for some house plants, and water to irrigate the plants is always close at hand! Studies show that plants can improve mental and physical health and with 86% of Aussies living in urban areas why not add a little bit of outdoors in your bathroom. House plants not only add visual interest, soften a space, and add a pop of colour, but they can also be very beneficial to your bathroom. Plants can improve and purify the air and also can help absorb excess moisture to fend off any mould causing bacteria.
Here are our favourites!
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig
For a big bathroom where you want to make a statement, a fiddle leaf fig is a great addition. Fiddle leaf figs need consistent, bright light (and to not be moved from it, they hate that!) and they love warm, wet environments like the bathroom.
2. Peace lilly
Peace lilies are especially great for bathrooms because they love the humidity that you can't normally get in other rooms of the house. The humidity will usually help to keep it moist, so it won't need watering often. Only water your peace lily when the soil feels dry to touch or the leaves become limp.
Philodendron is a South American native that doesn't require much light to thrive. It likes its soil to be kept damp, and while it will tolerate dry conditions, it loves humidity, making it the perfect plant to keep in a low-light bathroom. Best of all, you can train it to happily vine along a windowsill or shelf.
Also known as devil’s ivy, Pothos can be identified by its marbled, heart-shaped leaves. To make the most of this plant, raise it up in a hanging pot so it can trail over the edges of its pot. These plants tolerate low light conditions so near a window is perfect!
5. Spider Plant
The Spider plant is one of the most adaptable houseplants around and super simple to grow, making it a top pick for the houseplant newbie. The foolproof spider plant will grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems. It gets its name from the new growth (spiderettes) that dangle down from the plant, like spiders.
The monstera plant with its iconic leaves has been a crowd favourite the last few years, and it's a great houseplant because it can thrive in a lot of different environments, including your bathroom. It can handle low light, though it will do better in brighter indirect light, and it can handle any level of humidity. Naturality this plant will want to climb so as they get bigger you may need to get a pole for the aerial roots to grab onto.
7. Mother-in-laws's tounge/Snake plant
This hardiest of houseplants is great at filtering household toxins from the air found in cosmetics and cleaning products. It’s also one of the toughest houseplants you’ll find, withstanding virtually any conditions. In a particularly humid bathroom, you may never need to water it at all.
8. Zanzibar/ZZ plant
Known as the plant that thrives on neglect, this almost indestructible plant will put up with an amazing amount of neglect - so much so, it only needs to be watered four times a year. Zanzibar boasts elegant oval leaves that will grace your bathroom for many years.
A lover of indirect sunlight, an orchid loves a high humidity environment so does well in a bathroom with only a little natural light. Sit one on your vanity for a touch of elegance or group a few together in a rustic container. Keep the roots damp but not wet.
10. Bird's Nest Fern
Ferns are a great option for your bathroom, especially varieties like the bird's nest fern. This particular plant does better in lower light environments, so if you want to brighten up a dimmer bathroom with a little greenery, this should be your go-to. It's also a little more forgiving and can also handle lower humidity levels, but will do much better in a warmer, more moist environment.