If you have thought about bringing plants into your bedroom, then you are bang on-trend. Not only are you making a sound design choice, but you are also helping your room become the perfect haven for sleep. There are a host of houseplants that can help to purify the air and provide a relaxing atmosphere in which to relax.
If botanical bedrooms are great for your health, which are the best plants for bedrooms? What plant décor would go perfectly next to the classic wingback chair, positioned close to the window where you can read and wind down? What about the space on the dressing table, beside your antique mirror? Here we answer all your questions with our seven styling tips for a botanical bedroom.
If you are styling your bedroom with the plants as your feature, you need to give them the staging that will bring this life front and centre. Consequently, choosing shades of white, ivories or creams forms an excellent contrast to the vivid greens of the plants. You also have some freedom to add other botanical accessories without overwhelming the room. If you are daring, you could also choose white bedding, with the occasional floral print.
If you are going to have plants in your bedroom, then you need to layer the look and create subtlety to the design. Therefore, your prints on wallpaper and bedspreads need to be subtle. You can always add a touch of dynamism by including bright striped pillows and some richly coloured throws.
You should seek to layer your bedroom with motifs of nature. It is not just that you want succulents and plants on shelves; you want the idea of the outside world in your place of relaxation. Therefore, you should frame your bed. Use a display shelf for your arrangement of easily maintained plants; place some freshly cut flowers on your bedside table and spray lavender or rose air fresheners to stimulate all your senses.
You might even want to use nature-based prints and find some vintage botanist jars for your cut flowers. The aim is to add an element of rustic to your botanical bedroom.
If you are ready to be a little more daring, then you could take those hanging trees and trellises and bring them indoors. It is possible to hang ivy from a floral basket for a subtle look. If you are feeling extravagant, you could use the trellis to create a living wall in your bedroom. Make sure the dynamics of the plant life in your bedroom is mooted by pastels shades, helping create that serene place that will help you to unwind.
All these ideas of bringing the outside in might be a step too far. However, you still want a natural look in your bedroom. If this is you, then you want to look to using green as your feature colour. You can use different shades of green, mixed with white and the rustic browns of antique furniture, to create a sophisticated, natural look.
You may still want to pop the odd succulent on a dressing table to connect the colours and hint at the botanical theme.
Although a botanical bedroom is a choice for style, it can also be a decision that helps you sleep better and therefore feel healthier. For instance, if you choose a spider plant, they will move formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air in your home. They will draw out the toxic air impurities that will help you breathe much easier as you sleep. Lavender is another beautiful plant to have in the bedroom, as its delicate aroma is said to have stress-relieving mental benefits. If you find your mind whizzes away as you try to sleep, the lavender could help to calm this and lull you to sleep.
It is well worth researching those plants that might help with your health – and add practicality to style.
Of course, to maintain the style of that botanical bedroom, you are going to have to keep the plants alive. It would be best if you checked out the light needs of the plant; you chose the right pot and soil and watered them not too much nor too little – then the style can continue.
Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.