Room Mates: Plants for the Bedroom

Room Mates: Plants for the Bedroom
Plants can instantly beautify and energize a space, boost your mood, reduce your stress levels, bring you tranquility, produce oxygen and naturally filter air pollutants. Our Room Mates series explores the possibilities for placing plants at home and at the office, in common areas and some places you may have overlooked. 

Houseplants have calming, relaxing effects, making them the perfect addition to a bedroom where relaxation is ideal. A recent study showed that simply touching a plant’s leaves can calm you down. There is no hard evidence that a houseplant can increase your quantity of sleep — but they can improve your quality of sleep, consequently leading to a happier, healthier, you.

Despite the positive benefits indoor plants provide, plants in the bedroom is polarizing territory. Some think they are harmful, others think they are helpful. This is because plants may respire, emitting carbon dioxide at night as a reverse response to photosynthesis.

Consider that we are already sharing our bedrooms with humans and pets, both who produce far more CO2 than plants. Carbon dioxide is relatively harmless in small amounts. It’s really carbon monoxide, the cousin of CO2, that is extremely dangerous. In short, a plant cannot cause CO2 suffocation. Actually, houseplants improve indoor air quality.

Dry indoor air is blamed for a host of ailments like respiratory problems, sore throats, colds and even breakouts. Indoor plants help maintain humidity levels and in some cases increase it by emitting water vapor during transpiration.

In addition to emitting oxygen and humidity, plants produce negative ions, similar to the way many air-purifiers do. The negative ions attach themselves to and effectively remove any particles in the air such as dust, mold spores, bacteria and allergens. The presence of negative ions has also been shown to increase psychological health, productivity and overall well-being. Some common houseplants even take it a step further in air quality control by naturally filtering indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and benzene.

Meet our houseplant recommendations for the bedroom below: 

Snake Plant

Not only does it claim a spot on NASA’s list of the top 10 air-purifying plants, the snake plant is also is one of few houseplants that converts CO2 into O2 at night — something most house plants only do during the day.



A trailing houseplant with heart-shaped leaves that comes in a variety of beautiful variegations. They are particularly effective at absorbing formaldehyde.


Similar in aesthetic to the philodendron, the trailing pothos plant is effective at filtering out formaldehyde and extremely easy to care for. It has been nicknamed ‘the cubicle plant’ because of how tolerate it is.

Aloe Plant

Aloe soothes skin burns and cuts, and monitors air quality — an aloe plant’s leaves will display brown spots when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive. 

Rubber Plant

This low-maintenance plant with its striking burgundy or forest green leaves is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier. 

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