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Tile Trends: GIO Looks at Glass Tiles for Commercial Design

Glass tiles offer unique looks and unmatched shine compared with other materials for walls. Glass tile may even occasionally be used for floors in limited application for borders and accents. Glass tiles play with light like no other tile can. The reflected light can give the appearance of water, and that is just one reason glass tiles are a popular surfacing choice for bathrooms, swimming pools, and spas. While it may seem that glass tiles are delicate, they are actually tough enough to withstand the elements, making them suitable for adorning outdoor fountains, benches, and freestanding art installations in many climates and settings.

Beyond their beauty, glass tiles offer other advantages. They are resistant to mildew, allergens, and stains. These properties result in surfaces that are relatively simple to clean and maintain. What’s not love about glass tile?

GIO Tile offers a carefully curated selection of glass tile collections developed expressly for your commercial design projects. Here’s a look at our selections.

Vitro is a thoroughly modern line offered in an array of shimmering colors and is available as field tile or mini brick mosaics in both bright and frosted finishes.

Vitro wall tile

 

Our Crystal Glass collection is available in a range of earthen hues and is offered in random or stacked linear mosaics, brick mosaics, and 3″ x 12″ field tiles.

Crystal Glass by GIO

Stainless, Glass & Stone is the ideal blend of luster and land. These linear blend mosaics in a mixture of glass, stone, and stainless steel are available in eight stunning color palettes.

Stainless, glass and stone mosaics

This most modern take on Stained Glass is offered in both stacked and linear mosaics in seven gorgeous colorways.

Stained Glass mosaics

Go square or linear with this Stone & Glass mosaic collection in a range of colors inspired by nature.

Glass & Stone

The luminous glass of our Vein Glass collection is presented in eight cool color blends with chic striations that add in-vogue elegance to walls.

Vein-Glass

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!

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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.

LUSTRO

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

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

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

PASTEL

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.

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PASTEL in Aqua

 

VITRO

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

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

 

NEO_BRICK

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 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!