Johnny Galecki breaks from convention with his unusual bed placement – this is what it means for the Feng Shui in his space

The actor's bedroom is breaking layout norms in more ways than one. Here's how he makes the most of otherwise dead space – and what it means for the room's energy

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When looking at living room placement, designers often reiterate the same rule – keep the sofa away from the wall. This placement brings otherwise 'dead' space to life and creates breathing space that will make our room appear more spacious (even if it's just a couple of inches), and, is even said to make a space feel bigger. But just how does this rule translate to the bedroom? Johnny Galecki may have the answer.

We have already discussed how the Big Bang Theory actor's space, designed by Pierce & Ward, has already broken layout conventions by having the bathroom in the same room as the bed (yes, there is no wall between the two areas). However, Galecki has reimagined bedroom layout norms once more via the placement of his bed.

Unlike most bedrooms we see, Galecki has chosen to position his bed away from the back wall, more towards the center of his room. This creates space to walk around the bed and makes clever use of the central area that would otherwise go empty – something that may be particularly beneficial in smaller bedrooms (though working with a compact space is not the case in Galecki's gothic Nashville abode).

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We love the unusual layout of Galecki's daring space (and it ticks all the boxes in terms of design), bedroom Feng Shui experts urge us also to consider what it means for our energy.

'In feng shui, the placement of your bed is crucial to one's well-being as it is believed to impact your health, relationships, and overall energy. Generally, it is recommended to place your bed against a solid wall to provide the energy of stability from behind, symbolizing support and security in all areas of life,' comments Energy Alignment Specialist, Erin Ratliff.

'Ideally, the bed would be in the "command position" so that you can easily see the door without being directly in line with it. This creates a comfortable, relaxed, and safe energy. Being in line with the door should be avoided as it would expose you to excessive chi (energy) flow, causing sleep disturbances.'

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Ratliff adds that placing our beds away from the wall (and more towards the center of the room) also 'holds potential energy of vulnerability' and instability or the feeling of being 'out to sea.' However, with that said, there are some cases where we may be able to enjoy the practical (and aesthetic) benefits of this layout without negative impacts on our room's Feng Shui.

'More modern school of Feng Shui might offer some flexibility and room for interpretation here. Exceptions could be made for oversized bedrooms would could accommodate balancing, harmonizing design elements such as room dividers, large headboards, and cordless lamps for side tables,' Ratliff reassures.

'In feng shui, there are rarely strict rules and absolutes. The most important thing is to consider the unique energy flow and layout of a space as well as the inhabitant's personal energy needs.'

Shop the Galecki-inspired edit

Feng Shui aside, we can tap into Galecki's bedroom via his olive green color scheme. We love these perfectly-hued pieces that will work in any sized space (wherever we place our bed).

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.