7 BEST Plants That Thrive in Low-Light Bathrooms!


Low-light bathrooms are the perfect home for these plants!

Unfortunately, a lot of us have to deal with low-light bathrooms. Be it that they only have space for small windows or there’s only space for a tiny one, these low-light bathrooms can be a nightmare to decorate, especially if you love to add plants to your spaces!

However, we are here to let you know that you do not have to give up on your plant friends, even if you have a low-light bathroom. Not only are there numerous plants that will actually thrive in low-light conditions because they do not need that much light, to begin with, but they are also known to be some of the plants that enjoy a humid environment.

Like this, you are both getting some new plants for your low-light bathroom, but you are also providing them with a place that is going to let them thrive since it will be the best ecosystem for them!

If you are ready to beautify your bathroom and bring some color and life into it despite it being a low-light bathroom, keep on reading!

Do you have any of these plants around the house? Let us know if you ever considered placing them in the bathroom before in the comments below!

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1. ZZ Plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

  • Light exposure needs: indirect light, low to partial exposure
  • Type of soil: any type of commercial potting soil

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, commonly known as ZZ plants or aroid palms, are some of the easiest plants to take care of. And now they come with the added bonus that they are also great for low-light bathrooms.

Due to the fact that they thrive in low light and do not need to be constantly watered, the ZZ plant makes for one of the best low-maintenance and shaded spot plants you can find on the market these days.

You can let them dry out in between watering them, and they will still thrive, especially in an environment that is more humid, like the bathroom.

2. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

  • Light exposure needs: any source of light, from bright to low light
  • Type of soil: up to standard potting soil

The Hedera helix, also known as English ivy, is a dark-leafed variation of ivy that will do really well in a low-light bathroom. This is because ivy with dark leaves thrives in humid environments, and it can grow in all types of environments, including those that are fully shaded.

This type of plant will do really well even with just a small window to provide it some light. Even if it is fully in the shade and does not get any direct light, it will still be able to grow and spread out beautifully.

3. Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

  • Light exposure needs: indirect light, anywhere from bright to low intensity
  • Type of soil: loose potting mix, rich in nutrients

When you first see this plant, you may be tempted to think it is pothos; however, you would be jumping the gun by this assessment.

The heartleaf philodendron (with its scientific name Philodendron hederaceum) is similar in color to the Pothos, but it is distinguished by its captivating and special leaves, which are in the shape of a heart.

This variety of philodendron is a great hanging plant that would love to be hosted in your bathroom, whether you choose to hang it from the ceiling or place it on a high shelf.

It will thrive in little to medium light that is not going to fall directly onto its leaves, and in return, you will be rewarded with a gorgeously bright hanging plant that is easy to care for and a majestic decoration.

If you have set your eyes on a hanging plant, you should make sure that the planter you have is sturdy but also complements your decor and plant. These ones from Amazon are both affordable and stylish, not to mention they come in as a pair, so you can use them in different rooms!

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4. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

  • Light exposure needs: only indirect light, of any type
  • Type of soil: potting mix that is designed for drainage

Since we mentioned the Pothos earlier, we cannot leave it off our list! Indeed, if you have a pothos around your home, you can easily use it as a great low-light bathroom decoration, as it is one of the most resilient plants around.

Not only is it low-maintenance, but it can thrive in almost any environment as long as the light it receives is indirect, making it a perfect candidate for your low-light bathroom!

What’s more, the Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), also known as the Devil’s Ivy, will thrive in a humid space, so the bathroom is definitely one of the best places for it.

You can use one of the planters we mentioned earlier to showcase its cascading, long, and captivating vines without taking much space away from your bathroom!

5. Alaonema (Aglaonema commutatum)

  • Light exposure needs: indirect light
  • Type of soil: potting soil mix, based on peat

A lot of the recommendations for low-light bathroom plants out there end up recommending the (albeit gorgeous) vining plants, which will bring some brightness with their green, but not much else to the color scheme. If you are looking for something more bold and colorful, we have just the plant for you!

Aglaonema (Aglaonema commutatum), which you may know by its more often-used name of Chinese evergreen, is just the plant to bring that pop of color to your low-light bathroom. Full of personality and coming in amazing patterns and myriads of bright colors, this plant is going to bring new air and personality to your bathroom, making it perfect for a small space.

Make sure you have a window sill to place it on, as that’s its preferred space, and you are set with a bold and bright plant for your bathroom.

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6. Calathea

  • Light exposure needs: bright to low, indirect light
  • Type of soil: well-draining, yet moist soil

Coming from the Marantaceae family, if you are a plant enthusiast like we are, you will know the Calathea as a staple in the Prayer plant family.

This genus got this peculiar nickname due to their behavior between day and night: while during the daytime you will be greeted with their big leaves staying open, come nighttime the leaves will turn up as if they were praying!

Not only is this fun plant a joy to have around, but they love to be in humid spaces, which will make your low-light bathroom a great spot for them.

Just make sure you have enough space, as over time this plant can end up becoming quite a big specimen!

7. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

  • Light exposure needs: only indirect light
  • Type of soil: well-draining potting soil, loamy variety

If you love a good fern and would love to have one in your low-light bathroom, look no further than the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata).

While a lot of us have gotten used to seeing it on the shaded porches of Southern houses, this fern is going to live its best life in a low-light bathroom, basking in the humidity of the environment.

This is a low-maintenance plant as long as you make sure it has soil that is going to drain well, and you will not have to worry about only having little lighting in your bathroom.

Since we are talking about beautiful plants that you can keep in your home with little maintenance, you should look into fruit trees! These ones here will make for some amazing indoor fruit trees that will give you some delicious fruits!