How to style plants in your bathroom

Sundays are usually a day of rest and household chore rituals.

As today is National Houseplant Day, it’s a good opportunity to think not only about caring for your plants, but the arrangement of them too.

Bathrooms are great places to keep houseplants because there are species that love humidity and moisture, making them easy to care for.

But it can be tricky to style, especially if you’re tight for space and aren’t sure where plants should be placed.

Victorian Plumbing’s resident bathroom design expert George Holland has some tips on how to style bathroom plants for a chic and calming interior.

Repurpose ledges

If your bathroom as any ledges – both in and out of use – you can drape over plants like ivy and heartleaf philodendron.

It will elevate and mask any chipped paint or yellowing old ledges.

Use your window frame

If you love the look of hanging planters but would struggle to get hooks into your ceiling, use hooks in your window frame.

It will give you extra privacy and is perfect for plants that need more light. 

Go for a neutral colour palette

The focus should be on the greenery of your plants if you want to create a calming and scenic jungle-like effect.

Bright plant pots or accessories could distract from this and change the vibe. 

Get a leaning ladder

If you don’t have spare surfaces for potted houseplants, invest in a leaning ladder.

Lean the ladder against the wall and use ‘S’ shaped hooks and pots with holes in the rim to create a display. 

Upturn plant pots

If you feel like your arrangement looks flat and dull, use upturned plant pots to stagger them and add height to some plants.

It will give the illusion of space and depth, rather than just a flat layer of green.  

It’s a well known fact that being around houseplants and greenery can reduce stress and anxiety.

A survey found that 42% of Brits think that having houseplants improves their mental health. 

So if you aren’t sure of which plants to go for in your bathroom, George has some suggestions that do well in humid environments.

  • Snake Plant – These are good for small bathroom as they grow upwards and don’t need much floor space.
  • Air Plants – They don’t need to be potted in soil, so try displaying them in a DIY hanging vertical garden using some wire mesh to thread them through.
  • Boston Fern – Try hanging this planter up. It can be fixed next to the shower as they love water.
  • Ivy – The trailing tendrils can be left to hang or clipped to encourage them to creep along a wall, shower curtain rod or even a door frame. 
  • Spider Plant – You could place these near a mirror to give the illusion of more greenery from the reflection.
  • Calathea – These need a pot with a porous material like terracotta, so are good if you want a clean look to emphasise the plant colour.
  • Peace Lily – With this hanging planter look to the ceiling and fill unused space (like above your toilet) to give the illusion of a larger bathroom.
  • Heartleaf Philodendron – Allow the tips to grow out and trail over the sides of the pot for a boho vibe.
  • Aloe Vera – Position this one near a light source.

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