Wet rooms are a superb solution for those with mobility problems or disabilities. They offer modern style and peerless functionality, and, although they may have that million-dollar look, they are surprisingly affordable too.
Air plants are perfect if you’re looking for something low-maintenance. South American in origin, they take water from the moisture in the air, making them ideally suited to the humidity and warmth of a wet room.
They’re often sold on decorative bases, such as rocks or driftwood, adding a further touch of nature, and will look beautiful on a stylish piece of bathroom furniture. However, it’s also possible to buy them in sea urchin shells.
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While you may associate ferns with jungles, they’re perfectly adapted to live in a humid and low-lit environment. There are various breeds available – from the dense, glossy fronds of the Dwarf Tree Fern, to the delicate, dill-like leaves of the Asparagus Fern.
Ferns require some watering, but only now and again. Hardy and lush, they’ll keep any wet room looking fresh and classy.
Another serious contender in the low-maintenance stakes, eternity plants are originally from East Africa and have adapted to low-lit conditions. Their thick stalks and shiny, emerald leaves add a touch of the tropics to a wet room and have a reputation for being virtually impossible to kill.
Water yours once every couple of weeks or once the soil has run dry.
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If you have high cabinets in your wet room, or a large window, grape ivy will trail and climb in spectacular fashion. Another low-maintenance plant, its only real requirement is access to light, which is why you’ll often find it draped across interior window recesses.
Grape ivy does bear small berries, which look remarkably like grapes. However, it’s worth remembering that they should never be eaten.
For something out of the ordinary, pitcher plants are for you. A tropical plant, they sport bulbous ‘pitchers’ on the end of their leaves. These are filled with a liquid that attracts flies. Once the curious insect climbs in, the hairs lining the interior of the pitcher ensure that it can’t get out and the fly is slowly ingested.
While that may sound a bit grisly, pitcher plants can be very beautiful, coming in a range of bright colours and with a variety of pitchers to choose from.
Happy in high humidity environments and without much need for light, they’re easier to maintain than you might think.
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If you’d rather go for something with an elegant edge to it, peace lilies are the way to go. Their long, graceful stems are topped with trumpet-mouthed flowers and vibrant stamens.
They do take a little more looking after than some of the plants on this list, so you’ll need to water them regularly. However, they enjoy the humidity offered by a wet room and are not troubled by low light. If you find yours isn’t flowering, just move it closer to the window and it should pick up.
Whether you want something soft and discreet, or big and colourful, there are a range of inexpensive and comparatively easy to care for plants available. Spruce up your wet room today.