Updated: Apr 27
Are you dreaming of junglelicious windowless bathroom but you're terrified of killing the plants? I hear you. There is absolutely no reason why shouldn’t be able to create a beautiful jungle in your bathroom even without any windows. As they say: when there's a will, there's a way!
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In urban areas, most apartment bathrooms are built to maximise the practical use of space. This allows rooms we use more often on daily bases to get all the natural light.
Depending on the layout of a home, a bathroom window is placed in the shower or above the toilet. However, more often than not, bathrooms end up without any windows. Either way, it should be well ventilated.
Bathroom Plants That Grow in Low Light
When choosing the low light plants, you want to opt for the plants that will also thrive in humidity. Every plant needs a bit of light; however, some plants are more tolerant than others regarding the light challenge.
Generally speaking, plants with lighter leaf colours require more light than darker ones. But, of course, there are always exceptions.
Good plants for bathroom without windows:
Whilst living nature they do well in shade, which makes this low light indoor transition easier. That doesn’t mean they do not need light at all, they just need more humidity than light. Even so, not all the ferns are the same and survive in very low light conditions particularly the ones that have a lot of white on the leaf. However, the ones that do well are Phlebodium aureum - Blue star, Asplenium nidus - Bird's nest, Dryopteris erythrosora - Autumn fern or Pellaea falcata fern (images in order as listed).
Get your fern online at patchplants.com.
Pair it with the minimal Mid-Century Modern Planter from Amazon and you've got yourself a stylish bathroom.
Large Ceramic Planter by Nicky Edmunds on Wearth London:
The brass planter with warm tones by Nkuku:
A little something to get you started - a cute pair of garden tools by Nkuku. Nothing too intimidating, especially if you are a beginner at plant parenting.
Do it right from the start and opt for eco-coir compost. Get your dose at forpeatssake.co.uk.
Stainless Steel Watering Can from Amazon to keep your plants healthy and hydrated:
Learn more about incorporating nature indoors and increasing your overall wellbeing with the Biophilic Design online course by Oliver Heath at oliverheath.com.
This is the kind that normally needs medium to the low-light environment. Like ferns, not all types of Philodendron like the same environment— some more than others are resilient to lower light. Philodendron that grows slower but still can live in your bathroom: Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ - Winterbourn (make sure you place it closer to the doors where it can receive medium-lower light), Pink princess philodendron, Rojo congo.
You could stack them on this beautiful Sustainable Handmade Solid Oak stand from Etsy:
If you have a smaller bathroom, I would suggest getting a taller plant stand. It will not only save you some floor space but add visual interest and make the room feel more elevated. In that range, multifunctional Wooden Pant Stand on Amazon is the perfect fit:
Another great house plants for bathroom are Calatheas, which belong to the family Marantaceae, from the tropical part of the world. The ones you could nurture in your bathroom are Calathea ornata, Orbifolia or Warscewiczii.
Shop for potted Calathea plant online at pathcplants.com.
With its lush dark green leaves, it goes perfectly with natural colours - like this Noko Seagrass Basket by Nkuku, made of sustainably sourced seagrass.
Reclaimed Iron Planter gathered from old storage drums:
If you fancy bohemian style, you might fancy this charming Boho Rattan Plant Stand:
4. Sansevieria masoniana
Order your Sansevieria online at Gardening Direct.
Perfect for tiny bathrooms thanks to its tall long growth. Looks very similar to snake plant. It can live in darker areas, but if you would like to grow faster move it in a brighter corner from time to time.
Let's not forget to mention the Snake plant and The Stem (cylindrical snake plant) - some of the most popular plants for a reason, as they tolerate any type of conditions.
Maximise the space in your bathroom by choosing a taller plant stand. For a minimalist vibe my absolute fave is this handmade Metal Planter from Etsy:
If you prefer more organic look, how about this Sustainable 'Huffer T' Oak Stool by KONK, on Etsy:
Shop the plant stand on made.com.
Download your FREE copy of Sustainable Home Guide here.
5. Peace Lily
This wonderful creature with glossy dark leaves can live anywhere. So versatile and easy to care, as long as you water it regularly. Get the Lily at patchplants.com.
If you have a tiny bathroom, you need to be creative with space and use every inch strategically. In small space, you have to thin tall, floating or hanging, anything that takes up the floor space as little as possible.