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Bringing the outside in

Is your bedroom your private oasis? A cherished place where you relax and enjoy a bit of downtime with a good book, great film or yoga mat? You’re not alone. We’ve discovered that as our lives become fuller and busier, many people are using their bedroom as their personal ‘recharge’ space.

If you’d like to add an extra touch of on-trend tranquility to your bedroom, you might like to consider an indoor plant. Whether it’s a rubber plant to bring a white wall to life, a hanging basket to enhance a corner or a simple touch of greenery on your bedside table; it’s all about bringing the calming influences of the outside into your home.

When it comes to plants in bedrooms, there are no specific rules. Think about your personal style, whether it’s contemporary and graphical, colourful and tropical, relaxed with a coastal vibe, or a look that’s entirely yours; then find a plant or two that could add an extra touch of style.

To help you choose, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favourite plants that we think look gorgeous in a bedroom, and may help to enhance a feeling of calm and tranquillity.

1. SNAKE PLANT

This lovely group of succulents comes in a few varieties and they all have fascinating names including Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, African Spear, Devil’s Tongue and Snake Plant. With its sword-like leaves, this plant is fast becoming a plant of choice for architecture and interior design. And like most succulents, the Snake Plant will most likely survive even if you forget to water it occasionally!

 

2. MOTH ORCHID

This stunning orchid gets its name from its pretty, broad winged petals, which are available in a great choice of exotic colours. Up until around twenty years ago, these orchids were considered the height of indulgence but are now much more accessible. Moth Orchids make wonderful indoor plants because the flowers last for quite a while and, like most tropical plants, they can handle humidity, particularly helpful if you plan to use this species in your ensuite. Water once a day and even mist spray a couple of times a week.

3. PARLOR PALM

With its tall wispy fronds, the Parlor Palm is a great corner filler. It can grow to 2.5 metres tall although if it’s in a pot, it may never reach quite that height. Popular since Victorian times, which is possibly how it derived its name, the Parlor Palm is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for. A splash of water each day and filtered light is all this pretty palm needs to look its stylish best.

 

 4. POTHOS PLANT

This beautiful plant is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors, so if you’re new to indoor plants, this might be the one for you. With its clever adhesive aerial roots, this leafy vine usually grows quickly and offers large beautiful leaves and, occasionally, small white flowers. Unlike tropical plants, the Pothos Plant usually grows well even in low light conditions. Which makes it the perfect plant for your relaxing oasis.

Top Tip: To protect your floor and other surfaces, remember to place a saucer under your potted plants.

5. ZEE ZEE PLANT

Not only is this plant on trend at the moment, it’s incredibly easy to care for. Featuring dark green, shiny leaves that grow along its contrasting coloured stem in a herringbone fashion, the Zee Zee Plant would be a great asset in a Contemporary or Classic bedroom. Stylish and attractive, the Zee Zee Plant can handle a few weeks of neglect and is usually resistant to pests that can affect other indoor plants. What’s not to love?

6. DRACAENA

After some extra colour in your bedroom? The Dracaena, or Lucky Bamboo, boasts long, slender, strappy leaves that curve beautifully, and come in an assortment of colours including red, cream, yellow and pink. And while it’s not actually bamboo, and we can’t be sure if it’s actually lucky, this variety of Dracaena may help you create a relaxing sanctuary in your bedroom, particularly if you’re into modern Japanese interior design style.

Top Tip: Frequent misting underneath the leaves of your indoor plant may help to discourage spider mites and other pests.

7. SCENTED GERANIUM

This collection of plants is popular for two reasons - its incredible scent and its no nonsense attitude. While they flower less often than your garden variety geranium, they make up for it with their astounding array of scents which include apricot, menthol rose, orange fizz, peppermint, pineapple, coconut and chocolate. The oils from these plants are used for perfumes and aromatherapy but you can inhale the scent simply by crushing a leaf between your fingers. Breathe in, breathe out, and relax.

TOP TIP: Re-pot your inside plants every three years with new potting mix. If they’re growing well, consider upsizing the pot.

 

8. RUBBER TREE

A beautiful yet tough indoor plant that can reach staggering heights within a few years, the Rubber Tree is an ideal plant for an empty corner in your bedroom. There are a few varieties to choose from, including the Black Prince but the most popular seems to be the Ficus elastica, which boasts large, shiny green leaves. Water often and keep the leaves shiny with careful dusting them and the occasional mist spray.

9. PEACE LILY

This easy-to-grow lily is a great option if you’re after a coastal style bedroom. Boasting a lush foliage and easy to care for instructions, the Peace Lily is usually content in a dark corner, but generally grows more quickly in sunlight. As for its name, this is because the tall white flowers resemble a white surrender flag. It really does come in peace!

10. PRAYER PLANT

This pretty plant goes by many names including Peacock Plant, Rattlesnake Plant and Zebra Plant, probably because of its stripy leaf markings. But as we’re trying to help you create a peaceful sanctuary in your bedroom, we like its other name, Prayer Plant. Whatever you choose to call it, this plant features gorgeous looking, ornately patterned leaves that look so perfect they could have been painted. To help you relax, lay on your bed and watch this plant. You just might notice how the leaves slightly change their position during the day, in response to changes in the temperature.


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