Looking to spruce up your bathroom without it costing the Earth? The popular botanical bathroom trend may be just what you need. With its elegant simplicity and surprising health benefits, it’s no wonder why people are reaching for plants to transform a commonly dark and drab space.
What is a botanical bathroom?
Botanical bathrooms are not only inspired by nature but incorporate it into their decor. Centred around ‘bringing the outside in’, botanical stems from the word ‘botany’, the scientific study of plants.
Whether you’re simply looking to add a little greenery into your home or you’re ready to dive headfirst into the trend, we put together 5 reasons why you should consider a botanical bathroom for your home.
1) Adding colour
Plants are an inexpensive way to add a pop of colour to your bathroom whilst leaving the option to switch it up in the future if you decide to change the layout or design. Many plants will thrive away from sunlight, especially with the added humidity from the bathroom.
Aloe Vera is a popular example to have in the room, as it can survive on the room’s humidity alone, and it can be cut and used as a remedy for cuts, burns and dry skin. Dark colours on the walls or flooring will make the green shades in the plants stand out against the dark background whilst adding a lovely touch of boldness to an otherwise often drab room.
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2) Open up the space
Large mirrors, plants and light colours will all contribute towards creating an impression that your bathroom is much larger than it is. Minimalistic styling will help to enlarge the space, as less clutter will allow the room to look organised and clean, whilst brighter colours look bold and bright against the lighter colours on the walls.
Coupled with lighter colours on the walls, the addition of a large mirror, or several smaller ones, can make a world of difference in a tiny room as it tricks the light to make the space feel much more open than it really is.
As cliche, as it may be, bringing the outside in, has added benefits to the overall feel of the space as plants can contribute to the feeling of peace and tranquillity that are so sought after in this space.
Simply being around living things (especially bright and vibrant ones!) can bring joy as connecting with nature benefits the Feng Shui of the room and can counteract negative energy for a positive, relaxing atmosphere. You can help boost this by adding more natural elements into the room’s design, such as wood, stone or bamboo.
Certain plants will not only look beautiful in the bathroom but will also aid in creating a balanced, peaceful environment by helping to purify the air in your home.
Ferns and orchids are great at eliminating airborne toxins and absorbing the dampness in the air and can be easily placed on the side for an instant bathroom boost.
English Ivy is one of the top air-purifying plants as this also helps to remove mould from the surrounding air whilst looking particularly striking as it trails down.
5) Health benefits
Similarly, plants can have direct health benefits to your well-earned relaxation time and can even benefit your everyday routine. Peace lilies can help reduce stress, snake plants help with sleep issues, and lemon balm helps uplift your mood and enhance overall intellectual wellness. Hanging plants are an inventive way to add these little gems into your bathroom without compromising on space.
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