The IVY MUSE guide to bathroom plant styling

01   TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE INTO A TRANQUIL OASIS
 
Even though they are one of the most used areas in the house, bathrooms can often seem bland and simple. Often thought of as hard to decorate due to the damage steam and excess moisture can cause to decor, plants can thrive in these conditions and add interest. Even a few green additions on a window sill or on the corner of a basin can complete the scene, creating a lush, serene spot to unwind. 

(Plant pictured below 'Leatherleaf Fern')

 

02   SIZE
 
Bathrooms are usually small and compact, with minimal space to fit any extra furnishings. However, if you take a step back and look at your space with some greenery in mind, you'll find your options to decorate will double. With so many amazing plants available, and with so many accessories like hangers and stands, it won't take long for you to build up your bathroom to the space you've always wanted.

Get creative and look at areas in a new light as windowsills, ceiling hooks, and high ledges are a dream to decorate with! Neutral pots and accessories will keep the focus on the greenery and details of the bathroom - light colours will make a space feel larger, with the reverse seen in darker tones creating a smaller, more intimate feel.
 
(Plants pictured L-R: Zanzibar gem, mistletoe cactus, crimson princess hoya, green exotica hoya, chain of hearts).

 

03   PLACEMENT
 
In small bathrooms, focus on making the most of your space. Think about hanging air plants on the wall, filling windowsills with a mix of pots or use the available floorspace as best you can. Consider how the plants will grow too; if space is limited, choose plants that grow vertically or will cascade down a wall rather than spreading out horizontally.

(Plant pictured: Begonia) 

 

04   THREE PLANTS THAT WILL THRIVE IN A BATHROOM
 
Our top three plants for bathrooms are monstera (variegated variety pictured below), begonia and peace lily. Begonia and peace lily don't like dry conditions, so the humidity of a bathroom is ideal. All three are easy to care for. Begonia and monstera enjoy filtered light while pace lilies grow well in medium light, which is great if your bathroom verges on the shady side. 

 

05   DARK BATHROOMS
 
Bathrooms often have very little or no natural light at all. It's a problem - indoor plants really do need some light to thrive. If there is a little bit of light, try a devil's ivy or heartleaf philodendron. They are both trailing and climbing plants, so they work well in a variety of positions. If you need an upright option, go with a zanzibar gem, commonly known as the 'plant that thrives on neglect'!

 

06   FOR MORE GREEN INSPIRATION CHECK OUT OUR BOOK 'PLANT STYLE'
 
With its first Australian print run already sold out, 'Plant Style' is proving a hit amongst plant lovers and newcomers alike.  Check out our guide on how to turn your home into a jungle-like retreat. With design-savvy tips and expert advice, you'll learn all there is to know about decorating with plants and botanical styling plus the necessities like light requirements and when to water and feed.