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GIO Looks at Commercial Tile Trends for Walls

As one of the most sanitary surfacing choices available, ceramic tiles—including the exceptionally high-performing porcelain tile category—are the unequivocally right choice in a post-COVID world, especially in a commercial environment. When it comes to commercial surfacing, tile is truly a no-brainer for floors, and it should be for walls as well. The advantages of tile over paint, wallpaper, wood, brick, and many other materials for walls in commercial settings are many.

Aside from being hygienic, porcelain tiles are extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain, fireproof, and resistant to fading, moisture, and odors. Tile is also 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 paint, wallpaper, and the like, 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.

Rich, Indulgent Colors

Make a statement on a wall or any vertical surface with vibrant, bold hues, like these selections from m our Rombo, Hex_Leonis, Moda, and Retro, collections.

ROMBO by GIO in Cobalt
HEX_LEONIS floor and wall tile-cropped
Moda Ceramic Floor and wall Tile by GIO
MODA by GIO in Red, Orange, Pink, & White in standard bright finish and Decoria finish.
RETRO by GIO in Turquoise

Subway Tiles with a Twist

There’s no denying that subway tile is still a 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: Arté, Rivel, Pigment, Barista, Handmade, and Argille.

Arte Wall Tile
ARTÉ in Bianco
ARTE in Colbalt
ARTÉ  in Cobalt installation at Pin & Proper, Atlanta, designed by Place Maker Design.
RIVEL by GIO Wall Tile
RIVEL by GIO in Bianco
Pigment Floor and Wall Tile
PIGMENT by GIO in Navy
Barista Wall Tile
BARISTA by GIO in Ivory and Dove Grey
HANDMADE by GIO in Bronze
Handmade by GIO on wall at Focus Design
HANDMADE installation at Focus Deisgn
Argille subway tile for floor and wall
ARGILLE by GIO in Anthracite


Thanks to the Art Deco revival going on now, this three-dimensional geometric surface trend has resurfaced. This form of trompe l’oeil is not new — it’s been around since Greek and Roman times — but it has experienced waves of popularity throughout history. Our Canvas collection in Cube or Polygon mosaics and our Rombo collection answer to this trend to create big wow factors in both retro and modern design schemes.

Canvas Floor and Wall Tile polygon light mix mosaic
Canvas by GIO in Polygon Dark Mix
CANVAS installation at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, designed by Occupied Renovations
GIO Canvas polygon dark mix on feature wall
CANVAS installation at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, designed by Occupied Renovations


Rombo tile
ROMBO by GIO in Sky
ROMBO wall tile by GIO in Grigio
ROMBO by GIO in Grigio
ROMBO by GIO installation
Rombo by GIO installation in Cobalt
Rombo by GIO installation in Cobalt

“Artsy” Wood Looks

Wood-look tiles have become so realistic since they first arrived on the scene that even touching them often does not reveal their porcelain secret. And while we still love a traditional wood look, tile designers are reimagining and designing new wood looks to bring us artful, edgy renditions that offer the back-to-nature warmth we crave with something new and unexpected. Here’s a look at our Harmony, Char, and Neolith collections that go beyond the realistic and traditional.

Harmony Floor and Wall Tile
HARMONY by GIO in Blue
Char floor and wall tile by GIO
CHAR by GIO in Auburn
NEOLITH by GIO Floor & Wall Tile
NELOTH by GIO in Argent

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!


Wood Look Tiles for the Long Haul

GIO Wood Look Tile Collections


Who doesn’t love the look of a beautiful hardwood floor? Whether it’s a rugged, reclaimed wood or a showstopping, exquisite rare hardwood, wood floors are undeniably attractive and desirable in many applications. But is real wood flooring what you really want for a demanding commercial environment that has to stand up to hundreds, if not thousands, of footsteps daily, wear from rolling carts and dollies, excessive dirt, spills, and worse? Probably not.

As lovely as authentic wood floors are, they’re more difficult to maintain, especially in commercial settings. Wood floors are easily damaged by foot and rolling traffic and require careful maintenance to keep up the ‘wow’ factor. They need specialist know-how, products, and equipment to keep looking great – all of which come at a price, not to mention the hassle.

Porcelain wood-look tiles are a boon to commercial environments where the style of wood flooring is desired. Wood-look porcelain is sustainable, incredibly durable, and extremely easy to maintain. Then there are the health benefits: because porcelain tile is non-porous and impermeable, it is sanitary, resisting germs and mold like no other.

Add to all those winning characteristics the stunning looks now available (thanks to the leaps and bounds made in print technology in recent years, the increase in plank sizes, and the wood-like textures that were added along the way), and the choice of wood-look over real wood for a commercial environment is practically a no-brainer. With all the fabulous options available, you definitely do not have to trade high style for practical flooring that can take a beating. You can have both thanks to the versatility of porcelain.

When it comes to wood-looks, GIO’s got you covered. Our selections capture wood’s appearance in a range of interpretations that will meet your demanding specification requirements as well as complement any design style. All of these tiles will continue looking great for the long haul and hold their own against countless assaults from foot traffic, sunlight, moisture, and even bleach. Click here to see all the styles we offer.


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!




GIO Looks at Tile Styles: “Natural” Materials

An interior staple for centuries, tile has evolved into many formats and finishes over time. Tile technology has gotten so sophisticated that it’s often difficult to distinguish with the eye ceramic tile from the “real” thing.  Even the textures can be mimicked, so it’s possible a touch test might not reveal the surfaces’ true nature. Rare stones, exquisite hardwoods, and many other precious materials all find their doppelganger in tile these days.

Essentially comprised of dirt and water, and with no VOCs, tile promotes good indoor air quality. It’s also impermeable, which makes it water resident (and thus mold and mildew resistant) and sanitary. Tile doesn’t have to be replaced often, making its environmental impact low. There’s no doubt about it: porcelain tile is a beautiful and sustainable way to present natural materials without depleting the earth.

GIO offers a plethora of on-trend tile styles that provide the performance characteristics required for commercial settings, including a range of lines that closely resemble their more natural (and likely less durable) counterparts.  Let’s take a look at them.


Still on-trend for many years now, marble look tiles have proven to be timeless.  The latest technologies and newest technologies have led to endless possibilities on ceramic surfaces, including realistic reproductions of luxury marbles in very big sizes.


The classic, nuanced look and lustrous finish of premium Calacatta marble become a modern marvel when authentically interpreted in porcelain tile.



The elegant veining of Italian Carrara is interpreted in three luminous versions and large format sizes.

CARRARA by GIO in Grigio
CARRARA by GIO in Grigio


GIO_Thin 5.5

Revolutionary design, research, and technology have combined to create a timeless large (thin) format in a range of looks, including this lifelike marble.

GIO_THIN 5.5. by GIO in Calacatta



Wood looks have surpassed the trend stage and are now considered staples in the surfacing realm. Technological improvements in printing have made wood look tiles more and more realistic, but there’s also now a trend towards creative wood looks that lean more artistic than authentic. Whichever way you go, there’s no doubt that wood looks are here to stay.


Sourcing quantities time-worn, reclaimed lumber for a commercial project is a headache most would rather avoid. Our petrified collection offers the authentic look in versatile, durable, and easy-to-maintain porcelain planks.

Petrified Floor & Wall Tile
PETRIFIED by GIO in Cobalt



Authentic, centuries-old style reemerges in modern porcelain, available in 3″ x 18″ planks in five classic hues.

GIO Fountaine Warm Grey
FOUNTAINE by GIO in Warm Grey



This porcelain wood look tile captures the varied graining, rings, and wavy wooden hues of a dramatic and exotic Brazilian hardwood species, available in 6″ x 36″ plank sizes.

Tigerwood floor and wall tile
TIGERWOOD by GIO in Saddle


Large, rectified porcelain tiles echo the look of singed timber awash in a subtle metallic sheen, offered in four authentic hues and a generous 12 x 48 size.

Char floor and wall tile by GIO
CHAR by GIO in Auburn


Stone-look tile options can enrich environments with a chic artfulness. Stone-look tile is versatile, offering endless style choices with the benefits of extraordinary durability and simple maintenance.


Inspired by stone paths of centuries-old French vineyards, Chateau is a glazed porcelain in four sophisticated looks and three versatile sizes.

Chateau Floor & Wall Tile
CHATEAU by GIO in Noce



Is it stone or wood? Neolith combines the looks of both ancient stone and fossilized wood grain in a most modern tile collection offered in three neutrals and four sizes, plus bullnose and mosaic.

NEOLITH by GIO Floor & Wall Tile


Stone-look tile with authentic details, versatile hues, and urbane style. Verve is available in four modular sizes plus bullnose and mosaic.



Soho offers the nuanced, sophisticated look of volcanic basalt classically interpreted in large format and linear field tiles plus a mosaic option.

Soho by GIO porcelain tile
SOHO by GIO in Light Grey



Basaltina is a sophisticated granite-look tile more enduring than its true stone inspiration, offered in a spectrum of nuanced neutrals and modern sizes.



Basaltina by GIO in Anthracite


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’re here to help you stay on top of your design projects during these unusual times with digital resources, free sample delivery, and virtual presentations. We look forward to working with you!