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