Plants love light but what about if you have a darker space in your home? Can you still enjoy the style and health benefits of houseplants?
The good news is, yes you can! Darker areas like bathrooms can often be difficult to style and bring to life. We are going to teach you what the best houseplants are for a dark bathroom and give you a few fun styling tips!
Here’s the shortlist before we look more closely at why these popular houseplants are the best options to bring a touch of plant style into a darker bathroom.
1. Aloe Vera
2. Spider Plant
3. Peace Lily
5. Snake Plant
10. Air Plants
The 10 Best Plants For Dark Bathrooms
Ok, so here’s a little more detail on the best plants for dark bathrooms:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world.
The plants are stemless or very short-stemmed with thick, greenish-grey leaves that are toothed at the edges.
This succulent is perfect for adding a touch of greenery to a dark bathroom. Aloe vera is also known for its healing properties, making it a great choice if you suffer from dry skin.
2. Spider Plant
Another plant that does well in low-light conditions is the Spider Plant. This houseplant is easy to care for and can help purify the air in your bathroom.
These plants are known for their ability to filter out toxins from the air, making them a healthy choice for your home and bringing a flourish of green to dark bathrooms.
3. Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is a beautiful plant that can thrive in shady areas. It's also known for its ability to filter out harmful toxins from the air, making it a great choice to create a bathroom oasis.
This plant is easy to care for and can tolerate low levels of light and humidity.
“The peace lily is a beautiful plant that can thrive in shady areas.”
Bamboo is a versatile plant that can be used to add both style and functionality to a dark bathroom. Use bamboo to create a natural privacy screen or to add some greenery to an otherwise dark space.
Along with others on our list of best plants for a dark bathroom, they are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of light to thrive.
5. Snake Plant
The Snake Plant is another great option for bathrooms because it thrives in dark, humid environments.
This tough plant is also known for its ability to filter out harmful toxins from the air, making it another healthy choice for your darker bathroom spaces.
The Philodendron is perfect for dark bathrooms because it can tolerate low light and loves humid conditions.
Philodendrons are beautiful plants with elegant heart-shaped leaves and are well known for their ability to thrive in low-light conditions.
Along with snake plants, spider plants, and Pothos, these plants are also great air purifiers, which bring another element of well-being into your dark bathroom.
“The philodendron is perfect for dark bathrooms because it can tolerate low light and loves humid conditions.”
Pothos is a fast-growing plant that can be an excellent choice for a dark bathroom and new plant parents.
This plant is super easy to care for and is also known for its ability to purify the air, so is a great choice for creating a spa effect in your darker bathroom.
Pothos plants work well in a dark bathroom because they can also tolerate low light and humidity.
Ferns are a classic choice for areas without much natural light and will give you a burst of well-needed greenery in darker areas such as bathrooms.
A fern will thank its plant parents for the humidity and the shade. These two conditions really help them thrive.
There are many different varieties of ferns, Boston Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Asparagus Fern, and a Kangaroo Fern to name a few. You can have a lot of fun with this type of plant, so choose one that really fits your style.
“Ferns are a classic choice for dark areas without much natural light”
Dracaenas are known for their striking appearance and their ability to thrive in low-light conditions.
These plants are also great air purifiers, making them a perfect choice for a bathroom.
They are also popular for dark bathrooms because they can tolerate low light and higher humidity.
10. Air Plant
Air Plants are another great option for a dark bathroom. These plants don't require any soil and can get moisture from the air around them.
Air plants are also known for their ability to purify the air, making them a great choice for a bathroom.
So that's our list of the top 10 best plants for dark bathrooms!
There are a few others we can add but this should be more than enough to get your bathroom looking alive with some natural design elements.
Displaying these shade-loving low-light plants means you can enjoy the healing benefits of plants in your bathroom and hit some style goals. It’s a win-win.
Best Plant Hangers, Holders & Locations For Low Light Plants
You'll want to add these plants to a modern and stylish plant hanger, shelf, or pot to truly complete the look of your bathroom oasis. Here’s some inspiration to get you styling and decorating that dark drab bathroom.
1. Hanging Planter
A hanging planter is a great way to add a touch of style to a dark bathroom.
Not only is it totally on trend, but your plants will also be able to get a little more light in order to thrive, especially if you have higher windows in your bathroom.
Our favorite style tip is to hang these in odd numbers (shoot for just one or three) in a corner or near a window for a modern trailing look.
2. Stylish Shelf
If you have shelves in your bathroom, adding some modern ceramic pots and plants is a great option.
A trailing spider plant or pothos will add style points to a singular shelf in your bathroom.
3. Under The Sink
It might not be your first thought, but if you have an open vanity adding a burst of green under your sink will look so pretty! Added a plant to this area will fill out the space nicely and can block unsightly plumping pipes and fixtures. Go with a Fern, these plants will love the moisture and humidity and tick a style box.
4. Corner Pot
A big plant can easily elevate a dull corner and certainly in a darker room.
A corner is a great space to fill with a tall skinny plant. Use a chunky, textured basket as a container for the plant. Baskets as planters are a great way to bring some interest and additional warmth into the space.
Snake Plants and Dracaena can bring drama and a restful ambiance to a dark bathroom corner.
5. Window Sill Moment
Do you have a window sill in your bathroom with a bit of depth? Line the window sill with a collection of beautiful minimal pots in subtle neutral shades. Complete the look with a mix of trailing plants and succulents.
Again, this is a great way to create a bathroom oasis with limited space. Your plants will appreciate being close to the light source, if it’s still a little dim.
And to finish.…
If you thought dark bathrooms meant you couldn’t enjoy a burst of greenery, then we hope you’ve realized it’s easy when you know what plants will do well in low-light conditions. Keep in mind, ALL plants will need SOME LIGHT so don’t expect a living plant to thrive in a completely dark & windowless bathroom.
Elevate your plants literally and enjoy a calming oasis in your dark bathrooms.