Best bedroom plants: 5 ways to bring foliage into the bedroom

Looking for the best bedroom plants? From statement species for large bedrooms to cute succulents for small rooms, this is the best flora that will do great in a bedroom

best bedroom plants: Kenley bed, Furniture Choice Ltd
(Image credit: Furniture Choice Ltd)

What are the best bedroom plants? The answer will very much depend on the position of your bedroom, but, as a general rule, it's good to remember that bedrooms are usually darker than other rooms in the house, with smaller windows. Bearing that in mind, most of the plants on our list are tropical varieties that are tolerant of light shade or indirect light. 

Need more tips? There's everything you need to know about house plants in our guide. 

1. Best plants for bright bedrooms

If you are blessed with a bedroom that gets plenty of bright, indirect light, the world's pretty much your oyster when it comes to filling the room with plants. Place those that like the most light – notably citrus trees and pelargoniums – near the window, and more shade tolerant species such as the cheese plant and ficus (shown below) further away from the window. 

Norsu bedroom

Bedroom by Norsu Interiors

(Image credit: Norsu Interiors)

2. Best plants for small bedrooms

If you're tight on space in your bedroom, go for trailing plants such as heart-leaved Philodendrons and Curio rowleyanus or 'string of beads' plant (both shown below) – mix and match to maximise on the different textures and leaf shapes. Place your plant pots in containers to prevent your floors getting wet after watering. 

Original Rustic Bedside Table, Oak Furniture Land

Original Rustic Bedside Table, Oak Furniture Land

(Image credit: Oak Furniture Land)

3. Best elegant bedroom plants

Like to keep things minimalist? You'll love a succulent or bonsai tree under a bell jar on your dressing table. Just make sure that they're not too far away from a window and don't overwater. And if you like the intricate look of a terrarium, check out our guide to making a terrarium

Lene Bjerre Flora Bell, Sweetpea & Willow

Lene Bjerre Flora Bell, Sweetpea & Willow

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4. Best plants for a north-facing bedroom

If you have a north-facing bedroom, your plant options will be a bit more limited, but one plant type will do brilliantly in your room: ferns (shown below). These shade-loving plants won't mind the faint light. Keep them well watered. Draceanas are another good shade-loving option. 

More plants for shade in our guide.

Kenley bed, Furniture Choice Ltd

Kenley bed, Furniture Choice Ltd

(Image credit: Furniture Choice Ltd)

5. Best plants for a large bedroom

Have a large space to fill? There's one plant that's always up to the task of filling up a space, no matter how big: ficus elastica, or the rubber plant. Trust us when we say this plant will keep growing indefinitely, if you let it. Prune it annually to keep it from getting too huge. Water well in summer and a bit more sparingly in winter. 

John Lewis & Partners and Ercol bedroom

(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

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