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Bathroom Plant Oasis; Get the Most out of Minimal Bathroom Sunlight

For many of us, the inside of our bathroom is one of, if not, the first thing we see in the morning! Why not think of the way you decorate it in terms of how to lift your spirits and make yourself feel rejuvenated and positive? Plants can be a wonderful way to do this, and we love the idea, but often find that we don’t have much natural sunlight!

Traditionally, bathrooms tend to have little to no windows, and windows are usually frosted, or don’t have much of a view, (we do want our privacy!) Here are a few tips for maximizing that sunlight and transforming small, or un-scenic window views into something beautiful!

Light colors, and the use of mirrors can help reflect the sunlight you do get, and maximize what you get out of it. Consider hanging mirrors in places where they can help reflect sunlight to the locations you select for your plants.

Consider the directional orientation of your windows.  North-facing windows get the least natural sunlight, only about 10%. South-facing windows get the most sunlight, followed by East and West, so consider the placement of your plants accordingly. Plants that like less sunlight can be positioned further from a window that gets decent sun, while plants in a North-facing window might do best directly in the windowsill.

Utilize windowsills! Frosted glass does not reduce the amount of sunlight that comes in, but it does diffuse it and prevent it from burning the leaves of your plants. Just remember in winter, do not close curtains on plants in windowsills, enclosing them into a cold place.

Consider the directional orientation of your windows.  North-facing windows get the least natural sunlight, only about 10%. South-facing windows get the most sunlight, followed by East and West, so consider the placement of your plants accordingly. Plants that like less sunlight can be positioned further from a window that gets decent sun, while plants in a North-facing window might do best directly in the windowsill.

Appropriately select plants based on the light. The bathroom is a good environment for many tropical plants which actually thrive in conditions of low light and high humidity. If you have enough sunlight to comfortably read in the room, your plant should have enough sunlight too…as long as you don’t have super night vision! Use plants that like a lot of light for South and East-facing windows, like Cyclamens, Asparagus Ferns and Azaleas. For East or West-Facing windows, use plants that like medium light, like Peace Lillies and Calathea. Spider plants, Philodendron and Boston Ferns, as well as most Ivy will thrive in the low-light conditions of a North-Facing window.

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Get creative! Build shelves in or around your window, or hang hooks from the ceiling or wall screwed into studs. Hang baskets on the wall in the sunlight. You can even use some of the baskets for organizing various bathroom necessities, while others could hold beautiful plants! If there is not much of a view, you can paint a piece of lattice, mount it over the window and let vines climb it transforming that unsightly view into something much more enjoyable. Here are some plants that do well in the bathroom:

 

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For sunny bathrooms

  • Azalea
  • Gardenia
  • African Violet
  • Orchid
  • Cape Primrose

For darker bathrooms

  • Prayer Plant
  • Peacock Plant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bamboo
  • Boston Fern
  • Chinese evergreen