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GIO Tile Looks at Commercial Tile Trends for Walls

Ceramic tile—including the exceptionally high-performing porcelain tile category—is without a doubt, the right choice in a post-COVID world.  When it comes to commercial surfacing, tile is especially a no-brainer for floors, and it should be for walls as well. Tile has many advantages over other wall surface materials such as paint, wallpaper, wood, and brick to name a few.

Porcelain tiles are hygienic, extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain, fireproof, and resistant to fading, moisture, and odors. The material is environmentally friendly 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.

And as for the cost compared to these other materials? When you consider the life cycle, long-term performance, durability, and easy maintenance of tile over the other materials often used for walls, tile is actually very cost-effective in the long haul. So what’s not love about tile for walls? Tile design has come a very long way from the bland commercial looks of the old days.  When you factor in the extraordinary array of colors, patterns, and designs available that rival the detail of many traditional wall covering materials, there is absolutely nothing not to love about tile for walls.

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

Bold Stone Styles

Make a statement on a wall or any vertical surface with dramatic stone looks, like these selections from our Mural, Rex, and Matera collections.

GIO Mural, Aqua Onyx 24x48 Polished & Rectified
Mural in Aqua Onyx
GIO-Rex,-Black-24-x-48-Polished-and-Rectified-Bookmatch-Field-Tile
Rex in Black Polished Bookmatch
GIO Matera, Anthracite 24x48 Rectified
Matera iin Anthracite

Subway Tiles with a Twist

Subway tile is classic, but as with many classics, it’s often a new twist given to the “expected” that makes the designs endure. Here’s a look at some of our fun and exciting takes on subway tile: Pastel, Lustro, Naxos, Subway, and Brick_Mood. Discover more subway tile styles here.

GIO-Pastel,-Aqua-2.5x10-Glossy-Field-Tile
Pastel in Aqua
Lustro in Light Grey
GIO Naxos, Grey 3x16 Wall Tile bathroom room scene
Naxos in Grey
Subway by GIO Wall Tile in 4x16 Architectural Grey Bright
Subway in Architectural Grey Bright
GIO-brick_mood,-Black-2x10-Glossy-and-Matte-Field-Tile room scene
Brick_Moode in Black Glossy and Matte

 

3D & 3D ILLUSIONS

Thanks to the Art Deco revival going on, the three-dimensional geometric surface trend has resurfaced. You’ll find both actual and trompe l’oeil  3D tiles riding the wave of popularity. Our Arté and Rombo collections answer this trend to create big wow factors in both retro and modern design schemes.

Arte in Dove
Arté in Dove
GIO Rombo in Sky
Rombo in Sky

 

 Artsy Wood Looks

Wood-look tiles are now a mainstay for floors, but they are a great alternative surface for walls, too. Wood tiles have become so realistic since they first arrived on the scene that even touching them often does not reveal their porcelain secret. We’ll always love a traditional wood look tile, but we’re also taken by artful, edgy renditions that offer the back-to-nature warmth we crave with something new and unexpected. Some of our favorite wood looks for walls are Tigerwood, Paintwood, and Char. See all of our wood-look tile collections here.

Tigerwood floor and wall tile
Tigerwood in Saddle
Paintwood in Vintage
Paintwood in Vintage
Char floor and wall tile by GIO
CHAR by GIO in Auburn

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of our 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!

 

Getting Back to the Office: Revisiting the Resimercial Design Trend

Back in 2018, we published a blog about the rise of resimercial design (the trend of bringing home-like comforts into the workplace). Resimercial design is a marriage of commercial durability with a residential feel, a style that celebrates residential-inspired features over the standardized feel of traditional corporate designs and furnishings. We wrote:

“Home-like environments in the office can lead to more comfortable, and presumably, happier workers. And happy workers, according to current theories, work harder.”

Four years later, and more than two years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, resimercial design has new significance and is more important than ever. We’ve grown accustomed to the comforts of home because we’ve been working from home. Now, as we begin to shift to in-person work environments, adaptation is key to supporting the transition back to the office. Employees want and expect comfort rather than a stark, cold atmosphere, and they crave diversity and choice in where and how they work.

When merging residential and workplace elements, it’s important to understand that office still has to function primarily as a workplace. Residential aspects of design that are incorporated into the office must be flexible enough to be comfortable but should satisfy ergonomic needs as well as the integration of technology. And furnishings and surfaces that feel like home must be able to withstand the wear and tear of a demanding commercial environment.

Here’s a look at some of our tile collections that will lend a residential feel while offering low maintenance and durability for the long haul.

 

Wood Looks

There’s no doubt about it, wood surfacing is probably one of the top choices for injecting a homey feel into an office environment, But who wants or needs the upkeep to maintain them? We offer a range of wood look porcelain tiles, from incredibly realistic incarnations to more artistic interpretations, all designed to deliver warmth and inject a home-like vibe into any commercial space.

Tigerwood captures the varied graining, rings, and wavy wooden hues of a revered Brazilian hardwood species, offered in plank sizes for flawless installations.

Tigerwood floor and wall tile
Tigerwood in Saddle 6x 36 Rectified

Versailles masterfully replicates centuries-old parquet in a range of looks featuring modern planks, criss-cross, and inlay designs —stunning style for the modern traditionalist.

Versailles by GIO Floor and Wall Tile
Versailles, 24×24 Grey Rectified Inlay

Atelier goes minimal for maximum style, and the result is flawless Norwegian chic in four fresh, lightly grained hues available in standard or chevron planks.

Atelier Wood Look Floor and Wall Tile by GIO in Grey 8x40
Atelier, Grey 8×40

See all of our wood-look porcelain lines here.

Color

Remember when offices were mostly beige? Not any more. Injecting color into an office design scheme is a great way to amp up the residential feel, and we have the tile collections to do just that.

Vitro glass tile for walls is offered in crystalline colors with shimmering or frosty finishes. The line is thoroughly modern and available in both mosaic modular sizes.

Vitro wall tile
Vitro, Aqua Mini Brick Mosaic

The rainbow reigns in this colorful collection of porcelain primary hues. Colori offers the ultimate palette with a spectrum of options for any fanatic of chromatic design.

Nature

We’re always trying to bring the outside into our homes, and the commercial office should be no different. Biophilic design elements, which replicate the sensations of the natural world, also contributes significantly to our productivity.

Mural brings the bold art of nature to your wall-to-wall interior design with this daring collection of polished, 24×48 tiles in two stunning groupings–sumptuous marbles and two animal-inspired styles.

GIO Mural, Aqua Onyx 24x48 Polished & Rectified
Mural, Aqua Onyx 24×48 Polished & Rectified

Rex is a stunning vein-cut onyx look interpreted in enduring porcelain. Offered in four lush neutrals in a polished or matte finish, Rex is classic, sexy, and bold.

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

 

Many companies have successfully invested in resimercial design for their offices so that workers can relax and collaborate more naturally. There’s really no argument—making the workplace feel like home is a big step in the right direction for transitioning employees back to the office, while increasing retention, productivity, and creativity in the long term.

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!

A Look at What’s New at GIO Tile

In our mission to offer our customers the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products,  we’ve added some exciting new floor and wall tile collections to the GIO line-up. Reflecting global trends for natural stone looks, geometrics, textures, large formats, modern subways, and wood looks, our newest product lines offer commercial designers a range of versatile, on-trend surface materials to take their designs from great to extraordinary.

We’re proud to continuously offer a range of on-trend tile products to transform your commercial design projects.

GEOMETRY PENNYROUND COLLECTION

Pennyround tiles are a classic option that first graced many kitchens and bathrooms in the early 1900s. But they’re making a big comeback in the contemporary tile world. Once a classic, always a classic. Our new Geometry Pennyround offers elegant pennyround selections in a range of colors, styles, and finishes for your every design whimsy.

GIO Geometry Pennyround Collection, glossy black on wall with open shelves
Geometry Pennyround in Standard Glossy, Black Bright

CEMENTO

Modern design themes require modern materials. Concrete look tiles offer the contemporary design element that you’re looking for, but with the easy maintenance and durability of hard-wearing porcelain. Our Cemento collection for floors and walls is a “concrete” solution for modern commercial design with big sizes, versatile hues, and sophisticated details (including a patterned decor option).

GIO Cemento, Silver 12x24 Rectified Decor
Cemento in Silver 12×24 Rectified Decor

UMBER

A classic wood-look tile is the preferred choice (over real wood) for demanding commercial applications. Wood-look porcelain tiles have become a staple in both commercial and residential interiors, and our new Umber porcelain planks in four fresh tones (and with an exterior option!) will provide the warm, real wood appearance you and your clients desire, without the maintenance and costly upkeep of the real thing.

GIO Umber, Bianco 8x 48 Rectified umber
Umber in Bianco 8x 48 Rectified umber

NAXOS

Ah, the beloved subway tile…but this time with a twist. Our Naxos is a fresh take on the classic style, providing a subtly beveled Old World style with a handcrafted look.  Six glossy hues in a long, lean format for walls make this handsome line a standout in the subway category.

GIO Naxos, Grey 3x16 Wall Tile bathroom room scene
Naxos in Grey 3×16

Matera

Bold stone style inspires this enduring porcelain line. Matera offers the earth-inspired look and feel of natural stone, but with all t of porcelain’s advantages that you know and love. Matera is offered in a range of diverse sizes, including mosaics and trims, and comes in four distinctive hues.

GIO Matera, Anthracite 24x48 Rectified
Matera in Anthracite 24×48 Rectified

 

CARDOSA

Inspired by Italy’s Pietra Del Cardoso, a blue-grey sandstone that is quarried in Italy’s Apuan Alps, our Cardosa collection interprets this stone’s sophisticated style in generous porcelain tile sizes and three authentically detailed colors. Cardoso is earthen elegance epitomized for modern design.

GIO Cardoso, Grey 24x48 Rectified
Cardoso in Grey 24×48 Rectified

HEX_FRAME

Our Hex_Frame offers the popular look of concrete combined with everyone’s favorite hexagonal shape  (click here to read why humans are drawn to hex shapes).  Big, bold hexes (with framed options) make for a powerhouse collection.

GIO Hex_Frame, Graphite 7x8 Hexagon Framed Decor
Hex_Frame, Graphite 7×8 Hexagon Framed Decor Hex

 

Gio brings you only the finest commercial-grade products, hand-picked from global sources based on our focused knowledge of what you need to transform commercial spaces. Contact us anytime – we’re here to work with you!