Do You Keep Plants in Your Bedroom?

At a recent Gardenista editorial meeting, a discussion about plants in the bedroom revealed two diametrically opposed camps: love them or hate them. Photosynthesis creates the love as the process adds oxygen and purifies the air (which is why Gardenista editor Michelle has plants in every room). But… because plants require light to photosynthesize, at night the process apparently reverses and may cause plants to respire as humans do, emitting the dreaded carbon dioxide (this is the part that Remodelista editor Sarah finds creepy).

After a long discussion, we have decided that having plants in your bedroom comes down to personal preference. What’s yours? If you’re plant inclined, here are a few images for inspiration.

Above: Slow-growing succulents have a Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), which allows them to take in carbon dioxide during the night and store it to use for photosynthesis the next day. Image via Old Brand New Blog.

Above: Remodelista editor Alexa likes the way these plants on the windowsill add cheer to a children’s bedroom in a summer house in Söderfors, Sweden. For more images of this room, see Simple Scandi Children’s Room.

Above: For some, one plant in the bedroom is enough; they draw the line at more. What do you think—can you have too many? Image via Fresh Home.

So, do you choose to keep a plant in the bedroom? Please add to the discussion here and at Gardenista.

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Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

I love houseplants and do have a couple in the bedroom. Why not?


I love inside plants and if you look up online for a site that shows you the most healthy indoor plants to choose you will make sure that you plants are not only decorating your room and making you feel in tune with nature, even in your bedroom ( which I like!) but are also enhancing your well-being! I find that my cats don't seem to take much notice of my indoor plants as they have access to eating grass and tey own their own cat mint bush. (Which only a few of them seem to be interested in! ) I have a MASSIVE Aspidistra that once belonged to my mother and it is acutally quite lovely and not at all evocative of an old dark Victorian hallway as it is variegated and very glossy.

Michael A.
Michael A.2 years ago


Jane C.
Jane C.2 years ago

Afraid that plants in my bedroom would die slowly and painfully.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago


Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

A great choice of air fresheners

Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito2 years ago

But, U should see my living room! : ~ )

Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito2 years ago

Yes, a couple...

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

The people with destructive cats would like my favourite bedroom plant. It's a vine that I've trained to go half way round the room just below the ceiling! (Or do you get jumping cats driving you mad?) I lie on my back and admire my lovely green frieze! :) I've just bought a second vine to train around the other half of the room.

The other 'plants' in the bedroom include my paintings of the orchids living downstairs.

Wendy G.
Wendy G.3 years ago

No. There's enough in the garden that need looking after, don't need to add to the problem.