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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
HEX_LEONIS by GIO in Blue
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 Tile
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

3D ILLUSIONS

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!

 

HEX_LEONIS floor and wall tile-cropped

A Look at GIO’s Latest and Greatest!

In normal times, spring is the season for major trade shows that introduce to the design world the latest and greatest in flooring and surfacing solutions. These are certainly not normal times, but that hasn’t prevented us from finding new and exciting tile collections for your commercial designs. Trade shows have gone virtual, digital presentations are fast becoming the norm, and in spite of everything that’s changed the past few months due to the coronavirus, we’re excited to be able to bring you innovative new floor and wall tile collections.  Always assessing our offerings to ensure we’re bringing you the best of the best, we’ve retired a few lines to make way for fresh options that are sure to inspire upcoming specifications.
Here’s a look at what’s new and now:

Hex_Leonis packs a punch with geometric inkjet decorations on hexagonal shapes. This customizably cool collection for floors and walls is available in four versatile hues.

HEX_LEONIS blue wall tile in kitchen
HEX_LEONIS in Blue 7×8

 

We’ve added a new workhorse tile to our lineup. Absolute for commercial floors and walls is a color body, unglazed tile offered in all the necessary neutrals and a range of sizes including mosaic, bullnose, and cove base in addition to the field tiles.

Absolute Floor and Wall Tile in Marrone
ABSOLUTE in Marrone 12×24 Rectified

Wood-look porcelain goes minimal for maximum style with Atelier for floors and walls. The result is flawless Norwegian chic in four lightly grained hues, available in both standard or chevron planks.

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

 

Indulgently large size options and a six-color spectrum of sophisticated neutrals make Tribeca stand out from the crowd. Stacked mosaic and bullnose complement the rectified field tiles.

Tribeca by GIO porcelain tile for floors and walls
TRIBECA in Charcoal 24×48 Rectified

Handmade and meets modern with Pigment, available in six on-trend hues and a lean 2″ x 14″ format.  Recommended for all walls and light floor use.

Pigment Floor and Wall Tile
PIGMENT in Navy 2×14.

The look of hand-hewn clay is glazed to peak sophistication with Argille for walls. The result is a glossy, bossy, oversized  5x 10″ subway tile in a stunning 8-color palette.

Argille subway tile for floor and wall
ARGILLE in Anthracite 5″ x 10″

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOR STUDY: The Year for Blue Hues

Following Sherwin-Williams’ announcement of its 2020 Color of the Year, a bold navy blue called Naval, Pantone named Classic Blue as its Color of the Year for 2020. It’s no surprise that these blue shades were selected as colors of the year. One of the calmest colors in the spectrum, blue is a world-wide favorite, evocative of the sea and sky, offering classic appeal in all areas of design.

Blue’s range of hues offers so much diversity, simultaneously bringing us the depths of the ocean along with the light and airiness of clouds above. Blue stands for integrity, trust, power, tranquility, and health. Beneficial for both mind and body, the color blue promotes healing and understanding and can help us turn to a more mindful temperament. Reliable and familiar blue is a calming color we turn to in times of unease.

For interior designers and their customers, classic blues are a welcome return to calming, relaxing tones that are universally embraced.

When it comes to blue hues, GIO’s got you covered.  Let’s take a look at some of our tile offerings from the blue spectrum.

With our new ROMBO floor and wall line, you can create a range of cool pattern options. The tiles are available in four moody hues in antiqued gloss or matte finishes, including two beautiful blues, Cobalt and Sky.

Rombo on walls in cobalt, antiqued and glossy
ROMBO in Coblat
Rombo tile
ROMBO in Sky

 

A lean 2″ x 14″ format characterizes our PIGMENT collection, a new floor and wall line that blends “handmade” and “modern age” with six on-trend hues, including this soft Navy.

Pigment Floor and Wall Tile
PIGMENT in Navy

 

HARMONY offers the richness of rosewood’s striations interpreted in porcelain wood planks awash in four modern hues, including Blue.

Harmony Floor and Wall Tile
HARMONY in Blue

 

FLUID for floor and walls is a marble-look porcelain tile of a different stripe, available large-format sizes, plus a mosaic, in three luxe hues (including this very cool blue).

Fluid floor and wall tile by GIO
FLUID in Cobalt

 

Our MODA wall tile collection offers a modern twist on subway tile —over-sized  (5″ x 13″), 10 vibrant colors, bright finish, plus a decoria package. Shown here is Dark Blue.

GIO Moda Dark Blue & White Decoria

 

Many more GIO collections offer blue-toned options. Check out ARTÉ in Cobalt, RIVEL in Sky Blue, Stainless Glass & Stone in Sapphire, Stained Glass in Blue Pearl or Azul, Vein in Cobalt, HEX_AG in Aqua, HANDMADE in Blue, GLASS & STONE in Blue Ice and Blue Marine, and VINTAGE in Medici, Vecchio, and Machiavelli.

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