Plants in a bedroom: good or bad idea?

Ah the eternal dilemma! Rumor has it that it would be best to avoid having plants in your bedroom, while decorating professionals argue otherwise. On the one hand, the cons who swear that not the slightest potted plant in a room would be the worst room in the whole house. On the other hand, those for whom cannot do without plant elements at night! So who to believe? Here is some light on the subject. Let’s talk about the disadvantages then the advantages before possibly suggesting names of plants that could enhance your sleep.

Plants in a room: what drawbacks?

The idea that you shouldn’t put a plant in your room is conveyed by the simple fact that plants photosynthesize at the same time they breathe. In other words, they take oxygen from us. Photosynthesis takes place during the day, when it emits oxygen. Which provides fresh air. At night, however, due to the lack of light, the plant breathes since photosynthesis is not possible. It therefore absorbs more oxygen. This is definitely a downside, but is it a reason to ban plants from your bedroom? When compared to a human, the carbon dioxide emission from a plant is a negligible fraction. Unless you turn your bedroom into a lush jungle, you don’t risk anything at night. A simple potted plant is therefore harmless to your health.

The second argument against bringing potted plants into a room is undoubtedly the one mentioned by hospitals, which prohibit them: soil and plants are fertile ground for bacteria. The fear of mold is not entirely unfounded. However, as far as the hospital is concerned, this is more due to increased safety and hygiene standards rather than a real risk to health. Healthy people are not afraid of microorganisms or bacteria in the soil. After all, we are constantly surrounded by them in everyday life. You just have to take care to maintain your plant (s). Because if they start to mold – for example because they are watered too often, it can have an impact.

Plants in a room: what are the advantages?

Of course, having plants in your bedroom has not only disadvantages, but also a whole host of advantages. The most obvious, of course, is their good looks. Plants can be an eye-catcher in a room and give it a unique character. And it’s not just easy on the eyes: if you feel good in this environment, then you are much more likely to fall asleep easily. Who says plant therefore says relaxation and guarantee of a good night’s sleep. CQFD.

At the same time, plants ensure a quality environment. Because even if plants breathe, they provide new oxygen and therefore fresh air during the day. A whole range of air-purifying plants even absorb pollutants such as formaldehyde or cigarette smoke, which can have a positive effect on health. Some plants also have an effect against mosquitoes.

Plants in a room: which ones to choose?

Basically, you can keep any plants in your bedroom. But if you don’t have one yet, here are a few that have the advantage of combining beauty and efficient indoor air function.

The Spathiphyllum

Easy to maintain and robust, the Spathiphyllum is one of those houseplants that can hardly be allowed to wither. As such, it is ideal for people who do not have a green thumb at all. In a bedroom, spathiphyllum has two main interesting characteristics: on the one hand, it filters toxins such as formaldehyde from the air, on the other hand, it can increase the humidity of the room up to five percent, which is particularly beneficial in cases of dry mucous membranes.

The Sansevieria

Like the Spathiphyllum, the Sansevieria cannot die: it is a robust plant. It is one of the popular plants, but we don’t necessarily think of it for the bedroom. It is however a plant which has a particular photosynthesis and has the capacity to reject oxygen at night. It filters toxins from the air and is said to strengthen the immune system. In short, a real versatile plant if there is one.

The aloe vera

Known by most as a medicinal plant, aloe vera has gained more and more importance in decoration as a houseplant in recent years. Aloe Vera should not be banned from bedrooms since it too releases oxygen in the dark and provides us with fresh air.


Lavender has long been known to help you fall asleep, a gentle remedy for your sleepless nights. So you can have it in your room. Its sweet scent is soothing and ensures better sleep. It is also a formidable mosquito repellent and a plant that repels moths that sometimes appear in our wardrobes, wardrobes and other dressing rooms.

The Palm tree

Take the palm tree Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, it is a small palm tree which indoors can measure up to two meters. With it, not only the jungle effect is guaranteed – the effect only, but in addition it cleans the air, too.

In order for your plants to remain decorative and healthy in the long run, like anywhere else in your home or garden, they need maintenance. Even minimal. Remember to water them and repot them if necessary.