Danielle Brooks' unorthodox approach to design creates a 'calm and soothing experience' in her bathroom

The recently golden-globe nominated actress upgrades her washroom with this rarely-seen detail

Danielle Brooks
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The best interior design evokes a feeling. In the case of Danielle Brooks' spa-like bathroom, the feeling is one of ultimate relaxation. The soothing, cozy feel of the room is brought about by one unusual detail: the electric fireplace above her bathtub. Though this isn't a detail we often see in a restroom, it has wonderful and important benefits for her space.

Interior designers are fascinated by Danielle's unorthodox bathroom decor. 'The concept of a fireplace in a bathroom may seem unconventional at first, but as home design continues to evolve, so does how we integrate elements of luxury and comfort into our living spaces,' says Niko Rasides, design director at Nicholas Anthony interior designs. He continues, 'The inclusion of an electric wall fireplace in a bathroom is an emerging trend that not only adds a touch of opulence but also transforms the bathing experience.'

Nicholas Anthony
Niko Rasides

Niko Rasides is the design director of Nicholas Anthony, a family-run business founded in the UK in 1963, specializing in the design and installation of high-end, ultra-contemporary as well as classic and traditional kitchens, bathrooms and home interiors.

On the fireplace idea, Interior designer Vivianne Chow adds, 'Having a fireplace in a bathroom introduces a calm and soothing feeling in the space. When taking a bath or shower, the look of the flames gives off a cozy ambiance when winding down for the evening.'

Vivianne and Tim Chow, Viv and Tim Home
Vivianne Chow

Vivianne Chow is an interior decorator and the founder of the home decor blog Viv and Tim Home. Vivianne, along with her husband, Tim, recently built a dream custom home and are tackling decorating room by room and sharing design tips and everything they’ve learned along the way.

Furthermore, the experts say that it's highly possible Danielle's bathroom fireplace will become an interior design trend.  Niko states, 'Homeowners today are increasingly looking for ways to personalize their living spaces, and adding a fireplace to the bathroom allows for unique customization. With a variety of styles and designs available, individuals can choose a fireplace that complements their overall aesthetic, creating a bespoke retreat tailored to their tastes.'

The spa bathroom properties that an electric fireplace lends to a bathroom cannot be overstated. 'As the importance of wellness and self-care continues to be emphasized in modern living, the bathroom is evolving into a sanctuary for relaxation. The addition of a fireplace aligns with this trend, offering a spa-like experience that promotes mental and physical well-being. The bathroom is no longer just a functional space but a place to unwind and recharge,' says Niko.

This look is also an easy way to update your bathroom. Vivienne states: 'Since electric wall fireplaces are more affordable and generally easier to install than traditional fireplaces, I can see this trend becoming more popular in the years to come.'

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No matter your bathroom decor, everyone can benefit from having more relaxing and restorative touches in their homes. A fireplace is just one way to accomplish these impacts.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.