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Designer Profile: George Kovacs Bathroom Lighting

George Kovacs is an Italian born lighting designer and under his brand name there are 41 collections. There are pendant lights, ceiling lights, table and floor lamps as well as a range of bathroom lights, all of which have a mid-century design style. As the light fixtures have a timeless design, they will look at home in any modern décor setting. George Kovacs bathroom lighting consists of a range of high quality sconces, wall and ceiling lights.

The Bath Art Collection has a number of bathroom vanity lighting fixtures. There are vertical and horizontal sconces that will provide even lighting around a mirror. The ideal layout would be to have one vertical sconce on each side of the mirror and a horizontal George Kovacs wall sconce attached right above the mirror.

The George Kavocs Bath Art Lighting Collection

The Bath Art Collection at LightingDirect.com

The Street Light Collection features a number of wall lights ranging from 1 to 4 bulbs. A modern collection with the infusion of industrial and gaslight design.

The George Kovacs Street Light Collection

The Street Light Collection at LightingDirect.com 

The Pocket Collection by George Kovacs Lighting has simple yet elegant bathroom light fixtures. This modern lighting collection comes in light strips of 1 to 5 light bulbs, making them suitable for small or large bathrooms.

The George Kovacs Pocket Lighting Collection

The Pocket Collection at LightingDirect.com

George Kovacs bathroom lighting fixtures can be bought at Lighting Direct or at YLighting. These high quality bathroom light fixtures (prices range from $100 to $400) would be ideal for anyone looking to upgrade the look and feel of their bathroom. For more on bathroom lighting design (from vanity lighting, shower lighting ideas, to modern bathroom lighting) have a look at our other posts here: bathroom lighting ideas.

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Bathroom Vanity Lighting: Ideas and the 2+1 Design Rule

Bathroom Vanity Lighting Ideas

When it comes to bathroom lighting, the vanity area is the most important space to take note of. A lot of time spent in the bathroom will be in front of the mirror. Proper bathroom vanity lighting will make it easier and faster to groom. While improper lighting will cast shadows on the face making it more inconvenient to groom. By understanding a few basic principles, choosing vanity lights for a bathroom can be simple.

Bathroom Mirror Lighting

Though there are many different vanity lighting ideas, there is one design principle to stick to. You will want to have lights as close to the mirror as possible, around as many sides as possible. A good example would be to look backstage on Hollywood sets or during fashion shows. Here you will see mirrors that have lots of light bulbs going all around the mirror. This allows for absolute even lighting across the face. In a home setting a better option would be to follow the 2+1 rule. This is when you have one light fitted on the left and one on the right of the mirror, and one right above the mirror. This will provide even and shadow free vanity lighting.

There are a number of bathroom light fixtures that you can use for the 2+1 rule – some will be better suited than others. The best vanity lights will be wall sconces – vertical ones for the sides and a horizontal bar for the top of the mirror. Sconces diffuse lighting out of the sides. So the vertical sconces  will shine light out left and right, while the horizontal sconces will shine light up and down, allowing you to cover the whole mirror space with light. Though less ideal, you can use more decorative lights like up/down lights, or lanterns around the mirror.

Bathroom Vanity Lights

Other bathroom vanity lighting ideas include using recessed wall lights. You can have lights fitted behind the mirror, which will softly glow all around the mirror. You can have the mirror set back into the wall and have the lights fitted into the edges of the wall. Another idea would be to use LED rope lights that line the bottom of the mirror or counter.

So there is really only one thing to keep in mind when deciding on bathroom vanity lighting ideas, and that is the 2+1 rule. Most bathrooms will have only one light in the middle of the ceiling, and this is not enough for proper vanity lighting. You will want to have lights specially fitted for the vanity area.

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The Design Guide to Modern Bathroom Lighting

Modern Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Out of all the different bathroom lighting styles, from rustic or Victorian to Moroccan or traditional, the most chosen one is modern bathroom lighting. This is because in most homes this style will match with other rooms, and in a lot of homes the decor and fixtures within the bathroom are modern too. If you are using traditional or rustic light fixtures, you will want to have bathroom fixtures such as taps and décor that matches. Modern bathroom lighting fixtures will feature simple and clean designs.

Modern lighting styles for a bathroom will consist of lights that are usually made of chrome or stainless steel. They will have a clean and sleek design, without any ornamental or decorative features. The lamp shades should be frosted to diffuse the light, providing a soft and elegant glow.

For an example of modern bathroom lights, have a look at Murray Feiss bathroom lighting collections. For clean and simple contemporary bathroom lighting, the Tribecca Collection will be the right choice.

The Murray Feiss Tribecca Lighting Collection

The Tribecca Collection at LightingDirect.com

The Halstad Murray Feiss Collection features bold, square shaped bathroom light fixtures. They are a unique design that features brushed steel and opal glass.

The Murray Feiss Halstad Lighting Collection

The Halstad Collection at LightingDirect.com

Recessed and Cove Lighting in Modern Bathrooms

Recessed lights are popular in modern homes. They are common in living rooms and bedrooms, but can also be used in bathrooms. Recessed lights are lights that are fitted within the ceiling – this hides the lights creating a minimalist and modern look.  Recessed lights can also be fitted into walls, behind mirrors or around vanity areas. A major undertaking would be to install cove lighting. This is when a cutaway in the ceiling is made to house lights that are hidden. For more on cove lighting have a look at our post: L&L Design Guide: Cove Lighting Ideas

Unique Modern Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Bathroom tiles that also act as lights

A unique bathroom lighting idea would be to use ‘Light Shape’. These are bathroom tiles that have an elegant floral shape cut out of them. A backlight then shines through the cutaway. Read more about it here: ‘Light Shape’ By Fiandre Provides A Fresh Look At Bathroom Light Fixtures


  1. Don’t forget that for daytime use there is always natural lighting. This can be added to a bathroom through a skylight or frosted windows.
  2. Installing dimmer switches will allow full control over the lights. You can have soft glowing light for a more relaxing atmosphere, while bright lights can be used for morning preparations.

When it comes to modern bathroom lighting, the only thing to remember is to use light fixtures that are clean, sleek and simple in design. You will want to find lights that closely match the faucets, décor and other fixtures in the bathroom to create a unified modern look.

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