Johnny Galecki's unorthodox bedroom layout follows an emerging luxury trend that's changing how celebrities decorate

The Big Bang Theory actor is the latest in a host of figures who have played with this bizarre bedroom trend – and designers understand its appeal

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One thing unites Johnny Galecki, Blake Lively, Bradley Cooper, and LeBron James – and it comes in the unconventional shape of their bedroom. The Big Bang Theory actor's space, designed by Pierce & Ward, follows the same bizarre but luxurious trend we've observed in all these celebrities' homes, involving an open-plan bedroom and bathroom space that's not separated by doors.

We first learned of this increasingly popular design trend when Cooper revealed his 'bathtub, toilet, and the bed are all in the same room' (via the Armchair Expert podcast). Since then, we saw Lively and Reynolds blur the lines between their sleep and bathing spaces after introdcuing a marble tub in their rustic bedroom, while James added a walk-in shower area to a living/dressing room area.

Galecki's room removes conventional bathroom walls (and misses a door), meaning the space feels open-plan but the areas remain zoned. In an interview with Architectural Digest, Pierce shared how Galecki gave them permission to 'forgo bathroom walls', before adding that the glass windows were the perfect solution. 'I was like, yeah, but you want some kind of division, so let’s have this gorgeous window where you still feel totally connected, but you can have some separation,' Pierce comments.

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While this layout is unconventional, it's undeniably luxurious and (as recent looks in celebrity homes have shown) increasingly popular. However, the interest in this layout is understandable among designers, who explain that there's more to this trend than its striking aesthetic.

'An open-plan design between the bedroom and bathroom creates a seamless transition that visually expands both areas. This is one big factor behind why it's used in luxury spaces – because it enhances the sense of space in a room, making it feel bigger and more luxurious,' comments interior designer Courtney Cole.

'By allowing the two rooms to flow into each other, the natural light can flow more easily, too. Using glass partitions or sliding doors helps contribute to this light distribution, reducing barriers to the light in the room. This makes the room feel more calming and ambient and is one of the reasons why people love this as a design choice.'

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Plus, the intricate design process behind such a layout is a reason we're seeing it in celebrity properties. These spaces are typically large and are able to overcome practical technicalities that make this aesthetic possible.

'It hasn't been integrated into most homes, which adds an elevated sense of style to the living space. Without having traditional walls, there is a certain amount of versatility by being able to choose a partition for privacy or glass for style, which makes it a stylish and personalized choice for the home,' Cole notes. It's also the reason why it's a favorite in exclusive hotels.

'The layout of the integrated bathroom/bedroom is mainly seen in luxurious hotels, so the homes that do adopt this style choice have a sense of elevated luxury.'

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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.