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What’s In For Outside Design

As an alternative to natural stone and concrete, porcelain pavers are a big trend in outdoor design. Though porcelain tile options have long been available for outdoor use, these thick, high-tech pavers are made from the highest grade porcelain and are specifically designed for easy installation over a variety of foundations, including grass, sand, gravel, and standard mortar installations. Their precision sizing and uniformity make for easier and faster installation, plus they may be lighter in weight compared to natural stone.

Gio_Thick 1.0 Quartz Silver 24x24 Rectified

 

GIO_Thick 1.0 Installed over grass and gravel.

GIO_Thick 1.0 laid over grass and gravel

 

In addition to the easy and flexible installation, porcelain pavers are incredibly durable and easy to maintain.

  • The color will not fade in harsh sunlight or the most abusive weather.
  • The very dense surface allows for minimal moisture absorption, making them 100% frost resistant (they won’t freeze and crack in very cold weather).
  • They are impermeable, which means that de-icing salts can be used without damaging them.
  • They do not require sealing and are naturally resistant to stains and the growth of mold and moss.
  • Porcelain pavers are extremely easy to clean with a hose and standard household cleaners and, if necessary, low pressure washing systems.
  • Unlike concrete and stone, porcelain pavers have no efflorescence (a crystalline deposit of salts often seen on the surface that occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits).

Porcelain Pavers are also slip-resistant. Slip resistance is an important safety feature in outdoor environments, and even more so when it comes to areas prone to slipperiness, such as walkways near irrigation systems and swimming pool patios. Many natural stones won’t be slip-resistant unless a special finish is applied as a separate step after installation.

GIO is proud to offer a beautiful line of the highest quality porcelain pavers that are designed to withstand the most challenging of commercial environments. GIO_Thick 1.0 is a collection of 12mm thick pavers available in an extensive range of looks suit any design scheme. While we introduced this series a few years ago, we have recently added even more on-trend looks to the lineup. Here’s a look!

Natural Stone Looks

Natural stone looks include Limestone, Marble, Slate, and Flagstone in 24″ x 24″ rectified field tile and Sandstone in 18″ x 36″ rectified.

Concrete Looks

Our concrete paver lookalikes are available in four hues, 24″ x24″ rectified.

Quartz Looks

The quartz looks are available in four hues, two in 18″ x 36″ and two in 24″ x 24″. All are rectified.

Wood Looks

And last, but not least, the wood looks are available in a range of seven colors and sizes include 24″ x 24″, a6″ x32″ and 12″ x 48″, all rectified.

 

GIO_Thick 1.0 Special Accessories

Special accessories for our porcelain pavers include coping/stair treads, coping/stair tread corners, grip stair treads, pool grids, pool grid corners. Pedestal supports for raised laying are available in multiple heights (raised laying facilitates ease of care and maintenance for wiring and piping systems).

 

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Hex Appeal: GIO Looks at Six-Sided Tile Style

Geometric shapes in interior design are a hot trend, and it’s no stretch to proclaim that the six-sided honeycomb-like hexagon has become the queen bee of all shapes, especially when it comes to ceramic tile. There’s something about the hex shape that designers love. In fact, there’s something about hexagons that most everyone loves. Here’s a look at some of the reasons and at how GIO Tile’s collections answer to the trend.

Orderliness

The precision and uniformity of the shapes slot together perfectly, appealing to the eye as well as our desire for symmetry. Quite simply, we are hardwired to organize chaos into order; thus, the symmetry of hex shapes satisfies those innate yearnings we may not even be aware of.

Back to Nature

snowflake, raft bubbles, turtle shell

The hexagon appears in nature over and over again, and is often referred to as “nature’s most perfect shape.”  Aside from the honeycomb, we have snowflakes, soap bubble rafts, and turtle shells, just to name a few. Hexagonal patterns are prevalent in nature due to their efficiency. In a hexagonal grid, each line is as short as it can possibly be if a large area is to be filled with the fewest number of hexagons. For bees, this means making honeycombs that hold the most amount of honey while using the least amount of wax.  For the same reasons the hexagon is found so often in nature, it’s a great surfacing solution because it covers the area better than any other shape.

Retro Appeal

When it comes to tile, hex shapes are not new; the classic pattern has been gracing bathroom floors and walls since the 19th century. The design of the small, one-inch tiles could be rather plain in all white or could contain a complex pattern of different colors and designs. Skilled tile setters often incorporated creative mosaic patterns ranging from simple to quite complex. If you have a vintage home, you will likely want to turn to a look that is in keeping with the home’s age, and small hex tiles will do just that. While the vintage shape has a quality that transcends time, it’s the new twists given to the standard that could be just the answer for turning a boring space into something special.

Hex_Frame

Offering the popular look of concrete this new hex tile line is a powerhouse tile collection! Play with five chic neutrals to create sassy, classy surfaces.

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

Hex_AG

Six sides in five colors to shape your modern design in hexagonal style!

Hex_AG by GIO porcelain tile in Dark Grey, White Argento-
GIO Hex_AG, Dark Grey, White, and Argento 9 7/16”x10 7/8” Hexagon.

Hex_Leonis

Bring rays of delight to floors and walls with this customizably cool collection of hexagonal porcelain tiles, offered in four versatile hues.

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GIO Hex_Leonis, Blue 7 x 8

Marmi_Trend

Lush interpretations of beloved marbles featuring sexy hexes as well as 3D linear decos, and more– elegant and edgy for both floors or walls.

GIO Marmi_Trend, Statuary Hex Field Tile
GIO Marmi_Trend, Statuary Hex Field Tile

Geometry Hex

Go modern or retro with this classic porcelain tile offered in a range of urban colors.

Geometry Hex Collection, 2x2 Arctic White Unglazed & Black Unglazed
Geometry Hex Collection, 2×2 Arctic White Unglazed & Black Unglazed

Pietra Marmi

Mesh mounted natural marble mosaics, available in a range of polished and honed shapes, including the beloved hex.

GIO Pietra Marmi, Verona Polished Hexagon Mosaic
GIO Pietra Marmi, Verona Polished Hexagon Mosaic

 

 

Whether you are going for a truly authentic, vintage feel or looking for a more modern take on the classic hex, GIO offers a range of hexagonal tile options to transform your commercial designs. Here at GIO, we not only know tile, but we also deeply understand the needs of interior designers, architects, and commercial product specifiers. Turn to us for the latest solutions in architectural surfacing for your projects. We’re here to work with you!

GIO Subway Tile Collections

GIO Looks at Modern Subway Tile Styles

When we first wrote about subway tile on our blog (seven years ago!), GIO offered two tile collections that fit in this category. Then, four years ago, we revisited the topic, as we had added some really cool new takes on the look to our subway lineup. In subsequent years, we began to hear rumblings about the fate of subway tile. Some designers were beginning to suggest subway tile might be going out of style, that its days were numbered, etc. But the truth is, that never happened, and today, the subway tile trend is as hot as ever.

Subway tile is a rare combination of both classic and trendy. Classics really don’t ever go out of style. This means the iconic white 3 x 6 tiles (the size and color originally used in actual subways) are still relevant in many applications today, both residential and commercial. But as with many classics, its subway tile’s design evolution that’s kept the iconic tile so on-trend in recent years. Tile designers continue to put new twists on the “expected,” allowing subway tile to not only endure but to remain at the forefront of tile design. The latest on-trend colors, unique finishes, unconventional installation patterns, and dimensional designs are some of the modern iterations that are keeping this classic so current.

Now in 2021, GIO now offers a baker’s dozen unique subway tile lines, each with an array of sizes, colors, and finishes to choose from. Here’s a look at them.

Our newest subway to join the lineup is PASTEL, and this one isn’t just for walls. The shiny, saturated palette of this versatile subway tile is comprised of ten fabulous hues. The glossy finished tiles are a long, narrow size, 2 x 10 inches.

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PASTEL by GIO in Aqua Glossy

ARGILLE offers the look of hand-hewn clay glazed to peak sophistication. The big, glossy 5 x10 tiles are offered in an eight-color palette of stunning neutrals.

Argille subway tile for floor and wall
ARGILLE by GIO in Anthracite

Chic meets antique in our HANDMADE. These artisan-inspired subway tiles converge old-world style with fashion-forward finishes (bright, crackle, and metallic) and are available in  3 x 6, 3 x 12,  plus a 7-inch hex.

Handmade by GIO Wall Tile
HANDMADE by GIO in Silver Metallic

LUSTRO is a richly shaded, hand-molded subway tile with nuanced hues, elongated dimensions, and just the right amount of luster. The 3 x 12 tiles are available in four on-trend hues.

LUSTRO by GIO in Taupe & Light Grey

PIGMENT blends “handmade” and “modern age” with six modern hues and a long, lean 2 x 14 format.

Pigment Floor and Wall Tile
PIGMENT by GIO in Navy

Named simply “SUBWAY,” this classic line is offered in a range of sizes from the traditional 3 x 6 up to a stylish 8 x 24 and is offered in both bright and matte finishes in six popular hues.

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

This unique wall tile collection offers a tactile spin on the classic subway. RIVEL comes in a glossy finish and two shapes in four fresh hues.

RIVEL by GIO Wall Tile
RIVEL by GIO in Bianco

BRICK_MOOD is a trendy porcelain subway line featuring a handmade effect and stacked with options: 2×10 tiles, five must-use hues, and a duo of finishes: a glazed-look glossy and a matte.

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Brick Mood by GIO in Black Matte & Glossy

 

MODA has been around for a while, but this wall tile eye candy in a range of vibrant colors is a perennial favorite.  The oversized 5 x 13 tiles glossy-finished and are also available in dimensional decorative pieces.

Moda wall tile in pink and orange
MODA by GIO in Red, Orange, Pink, & White, Bright and Decoria finishes

 

GIO Moda Dark Blue & White Decoria
MODA by GIO in Dark Blue & White Decoria

One of our first Subway tile collections, FREESTYLE wall tile is still going strong.  The 5 x7 tiles are available in ten fashion-forward hues and 22 decorative patterns in bright and matte finishes.

Freestyle Subway Tiles in Purple
FREESTYLE by GIO in Violet Bright & Decoria

 

Another one of our original subway collections, RETRO is available in a range of modular sizes ideal for creating custom patterns. The line comes in three color groupings, thirteen hues, from versatile neutrals to eye-catching, vibrant colors.

Retro by GIO
RETRO by GIO in 4” x 16″ Bone Matte

ARTÉ dimensional subway tiles are a daring and dramatic twist on the classic rectangle. These innovative 3D tiles will easily transform walls into works of art. The 5 x 12 tiles can be arranged in a variety of patterns, making this line versatile and fun to work with.

ARTÉ in Cream
ARTÉ by GIO in Cream

Thanks to creative innovations in tile design and the ingenuity of interior designers to seek new and interesting ways to take subway tile installations to new levels, there is no doubt that subway tiles are here to stay!

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!