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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


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


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.

Need samples? We’re happy to deliver to any location you desire. We’re here to help by phone, email or online teleconference. Click here to connect.

GIO Looks at the Latest in Tile Trends for Walls

For many commercial interior designers, specifying tile as a wall covering is a no-brainer. The advantages of tile over paint, wallpaper, wood, brick, and many other materials for walls in commercial settings are many. Tiles are extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain, hygienic, fireproof, and resistant to fading, moisture, and odors. Tile is also environmentally friendly (tile 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 is quite cost-effective when you consider the life cycle and long-term performance. Then there are the looks. Tile design technology has come a long, long way from the vanilla looks of yesteryear. The vast array of colors, patterns, and designs available now allow designers to put texture or patterns on walls that rival the detail of many traditional wall covering materials. Here’s a look at some of our latest and greatest tile styles for achieving fashion-forward looks with the performance characteristics your commercial design projects demand.

Exciting, New Wood Looks

Wood looks for walls in commercial settings have been around for a while now—long enough to have transcended trend status. And while wood look-alikes have become increasingly more realistic (so realistic that even touching them often does not reveal their porcelain secret), tile designers are constantly reimagining and designing new wood looks to bring us renditions that go beyond the realistic and traditional. Artful, edgy designs in wood-look tiles offer the back-to-nature warmth we crave with something new and unexpected. Our new Char is a perfect example, with its look of singed timber awash in a metallic sheen. Char is available in three generous plank sizes and five authentic hues.


3D Illusions

The look of a three-dimensional geometric surface is not new; this form of trompe l’oeil (which has been around since Greek and Roman times) was very popular for floors during the reign of Louis XIV. It was known as parquetry or sometimes even referred to as “Louis cubes.” These optical illusion-style floors became popular again during the Art Nouveau period that began in France in the early 20th Century. It’s the Art Deco revival going on now that’s responsible for the trend resurfacing, this time for both floors and walls. Our new Canvas in Cube or Polygon mosaics answers to this trend to create big wow factors in both retro and modern design schemes.

Canvas Floor and Wall Tile polygon light mix mosaic

Fabric Inspired Tiles

What better way to add texture to walls than with fabric? Well, there is a better and far more durable way for commercial interiors, and that’s with textile look porcelain tile. Not only do these tiles look like fabric, if you touch them, you’ll feel the textile-like texture. Check out our Plush collection in a spectrum of lush neutrals and a range of sizes.

PLUSH floor and wall tile by GIO


Handcrafted Subway Tiles

While always a classic, traditional subway tiles may not be at the top of everyone’s design wishlist these days—unless they offer a twist. Handcrafted subway tiles (or tiles that look handcrafted) have subtle imperfections that give an appealing warmth to a space.  The hand-molded subway tile–nuanced hues and elongated dimensions of our Lustro collection offer the best of both trendy and classic worlds.



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!