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The Best Bathroom Plants For No Light or Low Light

Discover creative ways to decorate with plants in a windowless or low light bathroom and the best plants with care tips.

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Plants are a great way to add that finishing touch to a bathroom and can really create a spa or vacation vibe that will transport you away to bliss! But what if you have a windowless bathroom or one with low natural light? In that case, keep reading for creative tips so you can still create your tropical paradise.

One Room Challenge Week Five Update: The Best Plants for a Windowless or Low-light bathroom

Let’s talk about fun stuff today as our bathroom progress is slowly rolling along and I have yet any real updates to share. (Scroll to the bottom to see what’s left for the bathroom makeover.)

Welcome back to the Spring One Room Challenge where 100s of featured and guest designers have eight weeks to transform a space. This fun series is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and has been a source of interior inspiration for many years now. I’m ecstatic to be participating as a guest once again and this informative plant post is my week five update.

UPDATE: You can find all of the Spring One Room Challenge posts including the final reveal below. Due to the nature of the problems we encountered and the slow progress each week, I shared articles all about bathrooms and room makeovers to provide helpful tips and DIYs relative to what we were doing.

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Plant for Bathroom Without Window

Here’s what you’ve missed if you need to catch up on our small ensuite bathroom makeover or looking for more helpful bathroom and room makeover-related articles!

Four things to do if your dark bathroom has little to no natural light.

I wish there were magical plants that could thrive without any natural light source but as you’ll remember learning in school, all plants need to conduct photosynthesis to be healthy and survive.

Thank goodness for a few creative workarounds to help you achieve the green bathroom of your dreams. Even for a bathroom without a window.

close up of small house plant in a Japanese tea cup.
Bathroom Plant Ideas

Bathroom plants that absorb moisture and require no light or low light

  • First, know your plants and select ones that love humidity and low light. Generally, you’ll also want to consider temperature tolerance and note how much indirect light your plant needs. I’ve got you covered with popular choices in the following section!

Add grow lights to a windowless bathroom

  • Use a bathroom grow light to supplement natural light. An easy solution that can benefit you and your plants and a total game-changer for any dark corner in your home! Read how to use grow lights for indoor plants for more information.
    1. Replace bulbs in your bathroom with full-spectrum ones to enjoy natural light in your bathroom. Full-spectrum bulbs produce a balance of cool and warm light that replicates the natural solar spectrum. Bonus, exposure to full-spectrum lighting is proven to elevate moods and is prescribed as a treatment for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) to alleviate wintertime sadness and depression.
    2. You may have to leave lights on for 12-16 hours depending on your plant so using a plug-in lamp or light fixture that can remain close to your plant(s) may be a better option along with the use of a timer.
    3. Lastly is to use lamps specifically for plants. Something like these grow lights.

Switch Out Your Plants

  • Rotate plants in and out of the bathroom. Albeit this option requires more time and consistency but is simple and may turn into a fun ritual every day especially if you love to baby your indoor greenies. Simply move your low-light plants to a different spot during the day so they receive adequate filtered light. Consider it indoor gardening!

Consider Faux Plants or Dried Flowers

  • Use attractive fake plants. Whereas nothing beats live plants, the easiest method for a dark room is to display faux plants. I always select ones that have a rubbery texture and avoid silk leaves and flowers. Faux aloe, succulents, and air plants are my favorites. Try a trailing plastic eucalyptus, fern, or pearl plant for a hanging pot or high shelf. Dress up potted faux plants with a beautiful basket, ceramic container, or decorative planter.
  • Dried flowers like a natural bouquet, larkspur, strawflowers, eucalyptus, baby’s breath, global thistle, and coneflowers are all options that don’t look outdated.

The Best Low-Light Plants for the Bathroom

Try one or a few of the low-light-loving bathroom plants that absorb moisture for the best results now that you know your options for a dark bathroom. You’ll find trailing, succulents, and tropical plants included in this guide.

  • Lucky Bamboo Dracaena sanderiana is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that can grow in low and indirect light. It helps keep the environment clean and is known for bringing good luck and fortune to the household. Keep soil slightly damp with filtered or low-chlorinated tap water. Likewise, make sure to replace the water every 10 days if growing in water instead of soil.
  • Philodendron (derived from the Greek words philo “love” and dendron “tree”) can tolerate low-light and warmer climates and needs minimal watering. It loves lightweight soil and good drainage. Allow the topsoil to dry to the touch before watering again.
  • Pothos Plant Epipremnum aureum is often confused with philodendron but has thick and textured leaves and asymmetrical various shapes. The trailing, leafy vine can reach a length of six to 10 feet inside. It is similar in care to the philodendron as it thrives in warm temperatures, prefers indirect lighting, and needs minimal watering. Not only can pothos add green to your bathroom, it ranks high on the list of plants that help clean the air. They increase humidity and replace carbon dioxide with oxygen.
A great plant for bathroom with no window is the pathos plant.  Pathos plant on plant stand with a polka dot wall.
Pothos Plant requires little work.
  • Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum has long and skinny foliage that arches out from its roots and resembles the legs of a spider. They can produce a small white flower and you can easily propagated it. They can thrive without much natural light and with a mix of fluorescent and natural light. Distilled water is the best watering method.
  • Snake plant or Monther-in-law Tongue Sansevieria is a very tolerant plant that is hard to kill. It can thrive in low light and drought and help clean the air in your home. They can grow 8 inches to 12 feet high! Be careful to not overwater especially in winter. Allow the soil to completely dry between waterings. They thrive in sandier soils and warmer temperatures.
snake plant in white planter on bamboo shelf in a Japanese bathroom.
Snake Plant on the towel shelf.
  • Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema is one of the easiest houseplants you can grow, tolerating poor light, dry air and drought. Choose this tropical foliage with darker leaves to thrive in a low-light bathroom.
  • Baby Rubber Plant Ficus elastica is a popular houseplant because of its waxy leaves. They prefer bright indirect light and require more watering during their growing season in the summer. Keep your rubber plant in well-draining soil to combat root rot.
  • ZZ Plant Zamioculcas zamiifolia is perfect for first-time plant owners. This hardy plant is also known as Zanzibar gem, zee zee plant, zizi plant, or z plant. It prefers bright, indirect light, and humid conditions but can survive in low light. They do really well with bright, fluorescent light which makes them a popular choice for windowless or dark rooms. Allow the soil to dry between watering to avoid stem and rhizome rot. Furthermore, underwatering is better than overwatering with this durable plant.
Z plants in blue and white pots on plant stands in front of a colorful and eclectic office.
Plants for bathroom no light.
  • Dragon Plant Dracaena relexa is also among the top air-purify plants and can withstand a certain amount of neglect. The dramatic foliage with beautiful color patterns reaches a height of about three feet indoors making it a great option for a bathroom floor plant. It needs filtered indoor light and minimal watering with good drainage. Misting the leaves and soil with purified water will help you not overwater and prevent yellow edges on the leaves.
  • Peace Lily Spathiphyllum is an adaptable and low-maintenance houseplant. NASA put it on its list of top ten air cleaning plants and features a white hoodlike sheath that resembles a calla lily. They prefer low light and can tolerate fluorescent lights. The plant will start to droop slightly when it needs water and can easily revive if neglected for a while. Also, this is another plant sensitive to chlorine so check your tap or use filtered water. It thrives in warm and humid conditions making it a great choice for a dark bathroom.
peace lily with fairy lights in a white planter on shelf
Peace Lilies are easy to take care of!
  • English Ivy Hedra helix likes higher humidity levels! Keep the air moist but the soil well-drained to keep this easy plant happy. It will tolerate low filtered light although it grows faster in bright light which makes this a suitable plant for a bathroom shelf or windowsill and is one of the best low light hanging plants.
  • Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra Elatior is commonly referred to as the iron plant because of its hardy nature. It can survive in a wide variety of conditions making it a great choice for a low to no light bathroom. Keep the soil moist but not soggy to avoid root rot.
  • Money Tree Plant Pachira Aquatica likes high moisture and can do well under fluorescent lights but prefers medium to bright filtered light. Water it deeply but less frequently and even less in the winter months. This beautiful braided plant is believed to bring luck and financial success and thrives in a steamy bathroom.
money plant in blue and white dish in front of gold mirror on a stack of books sitting upon a black asian cabinet.
The Money Plant brings fortune!
  • Bromeliad Bromeliaceae is a tropical plant that usually comes with a vibrant pop of color. They prefer bright indirect sunlight and staying moist but not soggy. Keep air flowing around them and well-draining soil and this plant will stay happy!
  • Ferns Polypodiopsida in different varieties do extremely well in indirect sunlight. The Maidenhair fern is an elegant plant that beautifies any room but can be easy to kill! Boston and bird’s nest fern are the more hardy types and prefer humidity and distilled water which makes them a good choice for a dark bathroom.
boston fern in blue and white bowl in front of fireplace opening. Dark blue mantel with large threshing basket and candles.
Boston Ferns love humidity and low light.
  • Succulents and Catci are very tolerant of low light conditions and artificial light. I’ve already mentioned The ZZ plant and Snake plant varieties but also consider Christmas Cacti Scclumbergara bridgesii, the Zebra Plant Haworthia fasciata, Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea recurvata, Star Window Plant Haworthia cuspidata, and Burro’s Tail Sedum morganianum.
  • Air Plants Tillandsia are incredibly unique and come in 100s of varieties. Take note of whether your air plant is desert-dwelling or tropical-dwelling to know their proper care. Tropical dwelling mesic enjoy more frequent waterings, humid and lower light conditions.
air plant in a piece of coral on a wood stump table. Birds eye view.
Place an air plant in a piece of coral for decoration.
Large plant on wood stool in a Japanese bathroom with window.
Plants add tropical flavor to the bathroom.
purple orchid flower heads floating in small white dish on toilet back
One Room Challenge Bathroom Makeover

I hope you enjoyed learning about plants that do well without light and plants that absorb humidity. Will you try any of these beautiful options?

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One Room Challenge Bathroom Update, Progress, and To dos

I mentioned in last week’s article that we found inactive termite and water damage in our master bath so now the entire room has to be gutted and rebuilt. Therefore our contractor wasn’t available to start until last week so this marks only two weeks of active work.

But we still feel pretty good about it being completed by the end of the month or at least rebuilt and tiled with the new vanity!

On the bright side, we’ve decided to enlarge the shower since the bathroom has no walls or ceiling right now and is opened up into a hall closet. Our workers will install a built-in shower seat which will take up about half of the current close depth so we still have storage there.

I’m hoping the rebuild is finished by this weekend so the tile can start going in next week but there have been more setbacks just today so we’ll see. I would love to give you a sneak peek of the tile and other materials going into the room next week.

The new vanity light selection was changed to a customized order and it looks gorgeous! The paint colors are almost finalized and there’s a surprise element that I can’t wait to reveal.

To do list: Gosh, there’s a lot left. Hoping it comes together fast in the end!

  • Demo bathroom Contractor
  • Check walls for damage and fix them if necessary (the entire bathroom is getting rebuilt as I type!) Contractor

Rebuild the entire bathroom and then some…. UGH!!!

  • Shower surround, floor, and niche Contractor
  • Wainscotting tile Contractor
  • Marble flooring installation Contractor
  • Reroute plumbing and install a new vanity Contractor
  • Install faucets and trim (it’s here and GORGEOUS!) Contractor
  • Sand texture down on walls (Won’t need to as the drywall will be brand new!) Me
  • Paint walls Me
  • Paint the ceiling Me
  • Paint the trim Me
  • Install frameless shower door Contractor
  • Install vanity light, mirror, and towel rack Me
  • Clean up and paint salvaged door Me
  • Install barn door kit and hang door Contractor
  • Decorate! Me

I’ve really enjoyed writing these in-depth posts for bathroom ideas and room makeovers while I’m waiting to share actual One Room Challenge progress. I hope you’ve enjoyed them too! If you are looking for a few more easy and quick decorating ideas, sign up for my 5-day email course below!

Until next time my friend,

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