Want to make a quick and effective update to your bedroom? NASA and the American College have unveiled the best house plants for improving your bedroom. We explore the results of this study in more detail with DM Design; designers of bedrooms and kitchens in Glasgow.
What benefits to plants bring to your bedroom?
There’s some interesting ways in which houseplants can add to your home. Speaking to The Telegraph, interior landscaper and gold-medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ian Drummond points out that houseplants can be very practical to homeowners. He explains: “Many people now live in cities with no outside space. We all have this longing to have some green around us, and houseplants are the perfect solution.”
Houseplants are natural air-cleaners, and can improve the scent of your home at minimal cost. Studies have shown that houseplants have been found to help with concentration, promote better sleep and reduce anxiety among people who live around them on a day-to-day basis too. The Plantsman, when reporting on a 2016 piece which was published in the RHS’s journal, underlined: “As placing indoor plants in rooms is one of the simplest changes that can be made to enhance the environment, it stands out as a practical and affordable support for health.”
The best plants for the bedroom
With the benefits of houseplants in mind, we can now explore four of the top plants that NASA and the American College advise you pick for a simple bedroom improvement.
Boston Fern for purification
The Boston Fern boasts elegant, falling leaves with a soft, ruffled look. It is also ranked in ninth place on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants. A key reason for this is that the plant is very adept at removing formaldehyde from rooms.
Chemicals can be particularly toxic to the Boston Fern. Smoke which come from coal fires and wood burners can also be toxic to the plant, which means that they should be placed away from any spaces susceptible to draughts.
Its foliage lends itself well to being placed on the edge of a shelf, or hanging from a basket.
Aloe Vera for pure air
You may already know of the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera. The clear and cool gel of an Aloe Vera leaf can be applied to burns, cuts, rashes and areas of sunburn to provide instant relief and speed up the healing process.
Aloe Vera has also been noted by NASA to have excellent air purifying qualities. This is because they release oxygen on a regular basis during the night, not to mention fighting against both benzene — an ingredient of detergents — and formaldehyde — found in varnishes — to ensure a room’s air remains pure.
The cold can damage Aloe Vera plants, so it’s best to keep them inside and in a place where they can get lots of sunlight. Furthermore, plant them in a spacious pot that contains soil which has been well drained beforehand.
Areca Palm for colds
With an array of names from the Yellow Butterfly Palm to Crysalidocarpus Lutescens, you might well know the Areca Palm plant by a different name. Whatever you refer to this plant as, one thing that you need to know about it is that it made the list of NASA’s top 10 air purifying plants. What’s more, the plant has been said to be great for those who often have colds or sinus problems due to it regularly releasing moisture into the air.
The Areca Palm has feathery, long leaves that will bring tropical vibes to mind in your bedroom. But, be careful not to leave the plant in direct sunlight. When placing Areca Palm plants around your bedroom, look for an area that subjects the plant to bright but indirect light — you’ll know if it is being exposed to direct sunlight as the leaves will begin to turn a yellowish-green hue.
Chinese Evergreen for ridding toxins
The Chinese Evergreen plant is one of the easiest houseplants to care for, making it a good choice on indoor plant. This is because the plant can grow even in areas of low light — no need to worry about placing it in a dark bedroom then.
The plant actively removes toxins in the room, removing more the more it is exposed to a space.
Easy to care for, the Chinese Evergreen does still need a little attention. As well as keeping it away from bright sunlight (which can actually scorch its leaves), the plant should be watered regularly with cool water and fed with plant food once every three to four weeks.