Top 5 Plants to Brighten Up Your Bathroom and Create a Spa-like Ambiance

In recent years, houseplants have become an essential part of home decor, finding their place in every room, including the kitchen and bathroom. While you might think the bathroom is an odd spot for plants, adding greenery can give it a tropical and refreshing vibe. We present five bathroom plants to liven up your bathroom and infuse the space with lots of personality.

Some people hesitate to put plants in the bathroom due to the unpredictable environment, including constant humidity, fluctuating temperatures, and limited light. However, there are plenty of plants that thrive in bathrooms, adding style and improving air quality. Whether your bathroom gets lots of sunlight or is windowless, you can pick something from our selection. Choose the best bathroom plants for your little oasis and make the room come alive. When tackling bathroom renovation this year, add these plants.

Let's examine five plants that will flourish in this unique space:

1. Ferns

Various ferns are potted and displayed in the bathroom.

Ferns are shade-loving plants commonly found in tropical regions. They reproduce through spores rather than flowers and seeds, making them great houseplants for bathrooms. They can handle the humidity and temperature fluctuations, even in a shower stall where they can get regularly soaked. Here are three ferns we recommend for bathrooms:


With its lush foliage and impressive size, the Boston Fern is an ideal choice for bathrooms. It can grow up to three feet tall as a houseplant. The Boston Fern thrives in high humidity levels (above 80%), making it perfect for steamy bathrooms. It helps counter humidity, reducing the growth of mold and mildew. During the growing season, keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. In winter, when it's not growing, avoid overwatering.

Lemon Button

This fern is another excellent option for bathrooms, since it requires minimal light and moisture. It emits a faint lemony scent and can be grown in a terrarium due to its high humidity needs. Water your Lemon Button Fern weekly to maintain consistently moist soil. Remember, while it loves moisture, waterlogging the soil can lead to root rot.


With its delicate, feather-like foliage, the Maidenhair fern thrives in a shaded and humid environment. It flourishes in bathrooms, since it retains moisture from steamy showers. Regular watering is essential, so never let the potting soil dry out. Consider using a self-watering pot to provide water as needed. Water the plant regularly during the growing season (spring and summer) and reduce watering in winter when it becomes dormant.

2. Snake Plant

Also known as mother-in-law's tongue, the snake plant is a low-maintenance plant that grows upright. It adds a lovely contrast to vining and trailing plants. Snake plants love steamy and humid conditions and can thrive in low light.

Moreover, they are excellent air purifiers. Water your snake plant every two weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. In winter, reduce watering to once a month.

Potted Snake Plant
Aloe Vera Plant

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, a low-key succulent, is perfect for both first-time houseplant owners and busy individuals. It looks beautiful whether placed on the floor or hung from the ceiling.

Aloe Vera can survive in low-light conditions and effectively absorb moisture. Water your Aloe plant every two to three weeks in spring and summer and sparingly in fall and winter. To prevent root rot, allow the soil to dry between waterings.

4. Spider Plant

The spider plant is a low-fuss option that prefers relatively cool temperatures. It is one of the best hanging plants for bathrooms and produces baby spider plants that you can cut off and grow separately.

Spider plants can grow up to three feet long. Water your spider plant about once a week, checking the soil beforehand. If the soil is moist, wait a day or two before watering. Dry, crispy tips indicate underwatering, while dark brown tips suggest overwatering.  

Spider Plant

5. Peperomia

The Peperomia plant is perfect for low-light bathrooms. This tropical plant requires plenty of moisture and greatly benefits from the steam of a warm bath or shower. Its compact size makes it ideal for small bathrooms, and it's super easy to care for.

Water your Peperomia plant every one to two weeks, allowing the potting soil to dry out between waterings. Adjust watering frequency for low-light conditions.

Alternative Options:

Various artificial plants and dried flowers are potted and on display in the bathroom

Dried Plants

If you're concerned about the cost of real plants or find it challenging to care for them due to a busy lifestyle, dried plants are a cost-effective alternative. They can be used for decorative purposes or to create potpourri with fragrant dried plants.

Artificial Plants

Artificial plants offer the advantage of low maintenance. They don't require regular sunlight, fertilizers, or pesticides to stay healthy. They are also mess-free, making them suitable for households with small children. Since they don't need soil, you won't have to worry about root rot or plant growth issues.

A woman is seated and smiling in her bathroom with her legs kicked up on the corner of the tub, with a giant plant displayed on the vanity

Give Your Bathroom a Refresh with the Best Bathroom Plants

There's nothing quite like relaxing in a bath surrounded by beautiful plants that bring a sense of tranquility. Not only do plants reduce stress, but they also improve air quality and add a touch of vibrant greenery to your space. The warm and steamy conditions of a bathroom create the perfect climate for moisture-loving plants to thrive.