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Fresh Looks for Walls – Product Recommendations from GIO Tile

For many commercial environments, from restaurants and schools to hotel and office lobbies and more, tile — ceramic, porcelain, or glass — is an excellent surfacing material for walls. The advantages of tile over paint, wallpaper, wood, brick, and many other materials are many. Wall tiles are durable, hygienic, easy to clean, stain-proof, fireproof, and are resistant to fade, odor, and moisture. Wall tile is also environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

Wall Tile is Cost-Effective

Wall tile is cost-effective when you consider the life cycle of the material and its long-term performance. While the upfront expenditures for tile, setting materials, and installation may seem higher at first glance, they soon reveal themselves as smart investments when compared to other wall covering options’ high-maintenance and early replacement costs.

Wall Tiles are Hygienic

The focus on clean indoor environments, both commercial and residential, has never been as great as it has been during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no question that tile is one of the most sanitary surfacing choices available. While tile has always enjoyed sanitary advantages, the CDC now recommends following up the “soap and water” cleaning with a disinfectant. Fortunately, tile is not easily harmed by disinfectants, but do keep in mind some disinfectants like bleach, for example, may compromise certain grouts, so be sure to test in an inconspicuous area or consult with the manufacturer before using.

Wall Tile is Environmentally Friendly

Tile is good for the environment because it emits no VOCs, doesn’t require the use of caustic cleaners, and doesn’t require the destruction of other natural resources like wood or plant material. Tile is also hypoallergenic — it has zero allergens, and allergens in the environment such as dust and pollen cannot penetrate porcelain ceramic or glass tile’s nonporous surface.

Wall Tiles are a Designer’s Dream

Tile design technology has come a long, long way from the plain and somewhat boring looks of yesteryear. Wall tiles today come in an extraordinary array of colors, patterns, and designs, allowing designers to put texture or patterns on walls that rival the detail of many traditional wallcovering materials. 

Get Inspired

Here’s a look at some of our latest and greatest wall tile styles for achieving fashion-forward looks with the performance characteristics your commercial design projects demand.


With a hand-molded look, Lustro’s glossy porcelain subway tiles are richly shaded with nuanced hues, elongated dimensions (3″ x12″), and just the right luster.

LUSTRO by GIO in Taupe (left) & Light Grey (right)


Marmi_Trend offers lush interpretations of Statuario and Calacatta marble in subways, hexes, 3D linear decos, and more.

MARMI_TREND in Statuary Hex Field Tile


Picket is an ideal blend of modern shine and classic style. This picturesque glazed porcelain wall tile collection is offered in six pastoral hues and a picket-shaped 2.7″ x 11″ field tile.

Picket wall tile
PICKET in Light Grey


There’s nothing subtle about the shiny, saturated palette of this versatile subway tile line. Pastel comes in 10 glossy hues and can be used for walls as well as floors.

PASTEL in Aqua



Vitro is a sleek glass tile collection for walls offered in nine crystalline colors with bright or frosty finishes. The line comes in three modular sizes plus a mini brick mosaic.

Vitro wall tile
VITRO in Aqua Mini Brick Mosaic



Subway tile, always the constant classic, now offered in signature sizes and five perpetually popular neutral colors. Subway is so timeless, yet modern.

Subway by GIO Wall Tile in 4x16 Architectural Grey Bright
SUBWAY in Architectural Grey



Brick’s timeless appeal comes of age in a durable porcelain tile interpreted in six cool colors awash in a handcrafted, textured glaze. NEO_Brick comes in 2″ x9″ filed tiles plus bullnose trim.

NEO_Brick wall tile —image of brick-look back wall in a bar
NEO_Brick in Bianco

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at a few of our latest and greatest commercial-grade tile products for walls! Click here to see all our collections suitable for vertical surfaces. Samples for these lines, in addition to all our tile collections, are available free to the trade. Contact us anytime – we’re here to work with you!

GIO’s New Product Review

What a year it has been! As we near the one-year mark of when the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, we can look back on how we have experienced so many changes in the design and construction industry. Trade shows have gone virtual, digital presentations are the norm, and the non-residential construction industry is not without its challenges.

But while the new construction market for buildings is expected to be weaker this year, the good news is that the retrofit market promises to be a good deal stronger. Many existing commercial and institutional facilities need significant modifications to accommodate a post-pandemic staff and client base  (much of this activity is not included in the construction spending figures). And, according to AIA, there’s also likely to be “considerable pent-up demand for nonresidential space” in the near future.

In spite of the shut-downs and continuation of this pandemic, we at GIO are grateful to have been able to adapt to the changing market. We’ve continued bringing you innovative new floor and wall tile collections throughout 2020, and we are still going strong in 2021. Just in the past three months, we’ve launched more than a half dozen new lines! Here’s a look at what’s new at GIO.


The subtle look of veined marble crossed with classic stone visuals, REALE inkjet glazed porcelain tile for floors and walls is offered in chalky hues and a range of sizes (including mosaic and bullnose trim) — ideal for mix-and-matching.

GIO-Reale, Noce, 12x24
Reale in Noce, 12×24



Elegantly rugged Provenza will stand the test of time. These amply sized 12″ x 48″ inkjet rectified porcelain planks for floors and walls echo true wood’s story with worn, weathered details in the varied tones of aged bark.

Provenza, Bianco 12x48 Rectified Field Tile
Provenza in Bianco, 12×48 Rectified Field Tile



Offering lush interpretations of beloved marbles, our versatile Marmi_Trend collection offers popular subways and sexy hexes, 3D linear decos, and more. This elegant and edgy marble look porcelain tile line is perfect for both floors and walls.

Marmi_Trend in Statuary Hex Field Tile
Marmi_Trend in Statuary Hex Field Tile



Brook_Mood is a trendy porcelain line featuring a handmade effect and stacked with options. The glazed porcelain line for floors and walls line is offered in 2×10 tiles, five hues, and two finishes, glossy and matte.

GIO-brick_mood,-Black-2x10-Glossy-and-Matte-Field-Tile room scene
Brick_Mood in Black, 2×10 Glossy and Matte Field Tile



This colorful collection of porcelain primary hues offers the ultimate palette with a spectrum of options. Colori is colored body porcelain for floors and walls, offered in both unglazed and polished finishes and a range of sizes including mosaic and bullnose trim.

Colori floor tile, Red 24x24 Matte Rectified
Colori in Red, 24×24 Matte Rectified



A color body, unglazed porcelain tile in must-have neutrals in solid tones, rectified sizes, and anti-slip surface. Element for floors and walls gives you all the essentials with endless potential.

GIO Element, Dark Grey 6 x 24 Rectified
Element in Dark Grey, 6 x 24 Rectified


A stunning vein-cut, onyx look interpreted in powerful porcelain. Rex is an inkjet, rectified glazed porcelain in polished or matte finishes, offered in 24×48 tiles, four lush neutrals, and a gorgeous bookmatch option.

Rex in Black, 24 x 48 Polished and Rectified Bookmatch Field Tile


We hope you have enjoyed this highlight of our latest and greatest. GIO is your gateway to beautifully designed, strategically selected collections of floor and wall tile sure to fit your demanding specification requirements and unique style. We look forward to working with you!

#ihavethisthingwithterrazzo – GIO Answers the Terrazzo Trend


GIO Terrazzo, in Deco Mix

In 2017, when Pinterest searches for terrazzo increased 316 percent, Pinterest suggested the Italian flooring option would be a major trend in 2018. Indeed, the prediction was spot-on, with authentic terrazzo flooring making a big come-back to become one of the hottest flooring trends of the year. It wasn’t long before digital printing techniques enabled tile manufacturers to create realistic (and much less costly) porcelain look-alikes of the composite material. But terrazzo looks weren’t relegated to flooring.

As the terrazzo trend exploded, the look spread beyond flooring to include furniture, luggage, dinnerware, fabrics, wallpaper, you name it…terrazzo is now everywhere. A quick hashtag search on Instagram reveals nearly a half-million hits for #terrazzo. Search on Pinterest, and you will be rewarded with seemingly infinite scrolling of terrazzo looks.

Handmade terrazzo bisque pieces, photo courtesy of Good Hearted Woman, Denver, Colorado (found on Instagram)
Terrazo pillow on Zazzle marketplace by designer Maria Pribytkina (found on Pinterest)

What is Terrazzo?

Traditionally featuring a medley of marble chips, terrazzo is a costly and laborious dying art. Terrazzo originated several hundred years ago in the Mediterranean region. Back then, terrazzo, which is the Italian word for “terrace,” was made by pressing marble or other stone chips into the surface of natural clay and then sealing it with goat’s milk for a mosaic look. Eventually, cement replaced clay, and bits of glass and painted tile found their way into the surface.

Today, most of the terrazzo installed includes resin, polymers, and epoxy. Natural stone chips, such as marble, quartz, and granite are top choices for a terrazzo finish, but you’ll find other types of aggregate such as glass pebbles, synthetic chips, and silica bits. While stunning in looks, durable, and relatively easy to maintain, authentic terrazzo is extremely labor-intensive to create and install, making it one of the most expensive types of flooring available.

How is Terrazzo Made?

To give you an idea of the labor (and mess!) involved, here are the basic steps for creating a terrazzo floor:

    1. The existing flooring is removed, and the concrete surface is roughed-up to ensure the terrazzo mixture will adhere. Cracks are filled in, and a leveling compound is applied if the substrate isn’t flat.
    2. If you’ve opted for a design, the pattern will be transferred to the substrate using metal strips to separate each section of the design.
    3. Next, a sandy cement base is applied, and while it’s still wet, the terrazzo mixture is spread on top and leveled out (one section at a time). At this point, extra bits of aggregate may be sprinkled on top and smoothed into the surface.
    4. As the mixture hardens, the surface is compressed and flattened with a heavy roller.
    5. Once the terrazzo mixture has completely cured ( at least 48 hours), a large grinder is used to smooth the top. It’s a messy, dusty process because the stone and cement are ground into a fine powder.
    6. Tiny pinholes on the surface are filled with a pigmented slurry.
    7. For the final step, the terrazzo surface is brought to a gleaming shine with a polisher that uses very fine diamond-grit pads to give the floor a glossy, smooth finish.

With all these laborious steps, it’s no wonder that real terrazzo is so costly. Porcelain terrazzo-look tiles are a beautiful (and typically more affordable) alternative for floors and walls, offering superior performance, lower maintenance, (heavily soiled terrazzo should be cleaned with a buffing machine, but no need for that with porcelain tile alternatives!), and better slip-resistance (newly installed and polished terrazzo floors are very slippery).

Check out Terrazzo by GIO, available in two finishes and a range of colors and styles — Aggregate, Fleck, and Deco Mix.

Terrazzo by GIO Floor and Wall Tile
Terrazzo, Anthracite Matte Rectified 24 x24
GIO Terrazzo in Aggregate Dark Grey
GIO Terrazzo in Aggregate Light Grey
GIO Terrazzo in Aggregate Light Grey


GIO is your gateway to beautifully designed, strategically selected collections of floor and wall tile sure to fit your demanding specification requirements and unique style. We look forward to working with you!