The Best Plants for Your Bedroom

When picking the right plant, or plants, for your bedroom it’s important to keep beauty and functionality in mind. You want a plant that looks good, but you should also want a plant that’s going to keep your space clean and airy. That will make it easier for you to catch a good night’s sleep.


Lavender’s tantalizing aroma has been known to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, hopefully relaxing you enough to help you fall and stay asleep. This plant needs direct sunlight for a few hours every day. It also needs to be watered when the soil has become slightly dry. Be careful not to overwater or the plant will rot.

Areca Palm

This gorgeous palm has been known to grow upwards of ten feet! So, make sure it has plenty of room. This plant produces oxygen and absorbs pollutants like toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde. To keep this plant happy, it requires bright, indoor light and constant, light moisture in the spring and summer. Be careful not to let the plant become too soggy.

English Ivy

This hardy plant thrives in pots or in pots mixed with taller houseplants. It needs moderate light in the spring and summer but requires bright light (or additional fluorescent lighting) in the fall and winter. Let the soil dry just a bit in between watering, but don’t let the plant dry out completely. The English ivy is great for seasonal allergies, as research shows that it can reduce airborne mold and feces. While this plant is great for alleviating allergies and symptoms of asthma, be careful. It is slightly toxic to ingest. So, keep it away from children and pets.

Chinese Evergreen

This easy-to-grow plant is great for the bedroom. It tolerates low, indoor light, and still emits high levels of oxygen and removes chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene. Make sure to always keep its soil moist and to keep it away from cold air. It despised cold air!

Snake Plant

If you’re a bit of a brown thumb, this plant is great for you! It’s tough as nails and only needs to be watered when the soil is practically dry. The only thing you need to remember is that this plant requires bright, indirect sunlight. With the right care this plant can live for decades, which is great, because it’s been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene. Unlike most plants, the snake plant also converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. The better air quality will help you sleep, especially if you have allergies.

Golden Pothos

This plant is a great air purifier, easy to care for, and doesn’t require too much light. A good choice if you want some hanging plants, golden pothos has been shown to remove pollutants like benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde. It also increases air humidity, which is great when you’re sleeping in spaces with dry air.

Spider Plant

Like some of the other plants on this list, the spider plant can also help remove formaldehyde, cigarette smoke, ammonia, benzene, and other pollutants from the air. This is a great house plant, because it’s nontoxic, can live in bright or less sunny parts of the house, and it creates ‘pups’, or smaller versions of the plant that can be obtained by pruning an overgrown plant.

Peace Lily

This low maintenance plant grows best in bright, direct sunlight. While it is mildly toxic to ingest, it’s graceful beauty and ability to reduce the microbe count in the air, makes it well worth keeping around.

Gerbera Daisies

This cheerfully, colored plant provides a pop of color during the day and at night they emit oxygen and absorb toxins like carbon dioxide from the air. This plant has long been recommended to people who suffer from allergies and sleep apnea.

Bamboo Palm

This low maintenance plant filters toxins out of the air like xylene, chloroform, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. It prefers indirect sunlight and is non-toxic to cats and dogs.


One study showed that the intense aroma of the gardenia had similar anti-anxiety effects as some barbiturates, suggesting that this plant may help you sleep better and boost your mood. If you’re set on a gardenia, be sure you can give it six to eight hours of sunlight a day.

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

Here at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, we know what it takes to make a house a home. When it comes to picking the right house plants, there’s a science that most people don’t think about, but that’s why we’re here for you. From picking the right house plant, to picking the right house, we’re here for all your home needs. To get in contact with a member of our team call one of these two numbers: (618)791-5024 & (618)791-9298. To check out our current listings follow the link here.

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