Balmy autumn days tempt you outdoors for a walk amongst rustling leaves, but when it’s windy and wet you’d rather stay in. Relaxation is thereby crucial: cocooning on the sofa with a book or a box set. What’s also very indulgent is to take some time for yourself in green oasis of the house - the bathroom.
THE MAGIC OF NATURE BESIDE YOUR BATH
Green plants encourage a sense of wellbeing, so use them to transform your bathroom into a green wellness oasis. But how do you do that? The most important requirement for happy bathroom plants is daylight. Your green bathing companions are also exposed to considerable temperature fluctuations from all that heating, bathing, showering and ventilating. In order to make sure that worrying about your plants doesn’t undo all your relaxation, it’s best to opt for uncomplicated botanical characters who aren’t afraid of water. Here are some tips.
IDEAL BATHROOM CANDIDATES
Tropical plants with thick leaves such as anthuriums and succulents are very suitable for rooms with high humidity. They’re also very forgiving if you forget to water them from time to time, since they store water in their leaves. Aloë and spider plants also feel right at home in the bathroom. Alternate them with small cactusses - at safe heights! But it’s not just you who benefits from greenery in the bathroom - the plants can also thrive from being there. For example, bromeliads get a lot of their nutrients from the air in the form of moisture. So they love the steam from your bath. This tropical beauty also brings an attractive touch of colour to your bathroom.
BATHING IN NATURE
For an exotic explosion of colour you need orchids. Release them from their pots and wrap them in moss or even hang them from the ceiling so that they can get the necessary moisture straight from the air. For the full tropical feeling opt for medium-sized indoor trees such as elephant’s foot, money tree, peace lily, ferns and particularly Monstera! They perfectly conceal everything around the bath and shower, so that you feel as if you’re bathing in a lake hidden somewhere in the jungle.
You need something to look at as well. Air plants do incredibly well in the bathroom. As you shower, they secretly drink from the steam and spray. They’re available in various shapes and sizes. Place them in a special air plant pot, or hang them decadently off the showerhead. The mysterious grey Tillandsia is perfect for turning a morning grump into a smile.
GREENERY AROUND - AND IN - THE BATH
Lounging in the bath with scented candles around you is a bit old school. The new bathing is particularly focused on energy, with stimulating bath oils such as clove, palmarosa, rosemary, mint and citrus. The pure green plant Gerbera is known in aromatherapy as a way of stimulating openness. And we could all use a bit of that…