Houseplants are a rising interior design trend in many modern homes. Not only do houseplants brighten up our living spaces, create ambiance, and bring us closer to nature, they are also known to have air-purifying qualities which work to detoxify the air found in many common households.
Pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia can all be found in many homes. These pollutants are found in glues, paints, furniture wax, aerosols and household sprays.
By using plants to detoxify the air in our bedrooms and essentially increase oxygen levels, plants aid in stress relief, relieving allergy symptoms, help up to feel less tired, and even be more productive and creative.
The question is, which out of the many beautiful houseplants have the best qualities to purify the air in your bedroom?
Also known as the Chlorophytum, the spider plant is a well-known and hugely popular houseplant. Spider plants filter out chemicals that are emitted from materials such as rubber or leather sofas, meaning it will be battling toxins such as carbon monoxide and xylene as it elegantly brightens your bedroom.
Spider plants are generally low maintenance and can happily survive with little watering. If you’re starting off and are looking to grow confidence before investing in any higher maintenance houseplants, spider plants are a worthy investment.
Spider plants also produce runners, small ‘spiderettes’, that can easily be transported and individually potted. In no time, your bedroom will be filled with spider plants working together to detoxify your bedroom air.
Aloe Vera is commonly known to clean benzene from the air, which is commonly found in certain chemical cleaning products and paint.
However, Aloe Vera stands out from other houseplants because it also works to release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide during the night, meaning the air in our bedrooms is continuously being cleaned while we sleep.
To keep your Aloe Vera happy, keep it in a sunny area and water moderately in the spring summer, and autumn. Only water Aloe Vera sparingly in the winter.
A snake plant is also known as the “mother-in-law’s tongue” because of the sharp shape of its leaves. The Sansevieria plant works to convert poisonous substances found in your home, such as formaldehyde, into oxygen, meaning our skin, eyes, and airways can enjoy the benefits of purified air.
There are over 70 different species of snake plants, so you can be sure to find the right size, colour, and shape to suit your interior style. Snake plants are known to grow at a vigorous rate, but the spikes won’t generally grow higher than 1 meter. Snake plants are relatively easy to upkeep if you prefer to keep the leaves darker keep the plant away from direct sunlight.
Peace Lilies are a welcome addition to many homes, their dark green leaves and idyllic tall white flowers create a simple beauty for any bedroom looking to add a touch of elegance. Spathiphyllums help to filter our harmful toxins as the flowers work to boost the humidity of a room by up to 5%.
Peace lilies prefer light partial shade. If the leaves begin to yellow it indicates the light is too strong, and brown leaves show scorching from too much direct sunlight.
You’ll feel the effects of a peace lily cleaning the air as you avoid irritating dry noses, sleep peacefully and generally feel more rested in your home. However, if you have pets at home, take caution in the placement of this houseplant as they are poisonous to cats and dogs.
Originally found in Madagascar, The Dragon Tree is a slow-growing houseplant that can grow up to six feet in height, they thrive on little care and attention making it one of the easiest houseplants to maintain.
The Dracaena marginata reduces many common toxins in the home such as benzene, xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde. Similar to the Peace Lily, this plant is toxic to both cats and dogs. Nonetheless, this indoor plant is a crowd pleaser for brightening your interiors, while also cleansing many pollutants in your bedroom.
The Area Palm is one of the most popular bedroom houseplants for its elegant and gracious appearance. While it appears initially shrub-like, the long feather-shaped fronts add a tropical touch to many interiors.
This beautiful houseplant releases large amounts of moisture into the air while also purifying your bedroom from many indoor air toxins. Due to the amount of moisture emitted, palms need to be kept relatively moist at all times.
Water your Areca Palm as soon as the soil below the surface feels a little dry, this will prolong the health of the plant and boost the process of purifying the air in your bedroom.
Most houseplants help to regulate humidity levels and add fresh oxygen into your space as they purify the air. Houseplants come in all shapes, sizes, and colours so you can find the best additions for your bedroom.
Start by checking out Bakker.com or Patch, two popular websites that offer a large range of house plants and information on how to care for each of your chosen additions. Then create your own natural or tropical ambiance by introducing houseplants into your bedroom!