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GIO Looks at Tile Styles: “Natural” Materials

An interior staple for centuries, tile has evolved into many formats and finishes over time. Tile technology has gotten so sophisticated that it’s often difficult to distinguish with the eye ceramic tile from the “real” thing.  Even the textures can be mimicked, so it’s possible a touch test might not reveal the surfaces’ true nature. Rare stones, exquisite hardwoods, and many other precious materials all find their doppelganger in tile these days.

Essentially comprised of dirt and water, and with no VOCs, tile promotes good indoor air quality. It’s also impermeable, which makes it water resident (and thus mold and mildew resistant) and sanitary. Tile doesn’t have to be replaced often, making its environmental impact low. There’s no doubt about it: porcelain tile is a beautiful and sustainable way to present natural materials without depleting the earth.

GIO offers a plethora of on-trend tile styles that provide the performance characteristics required for commercial settings, including a range of lines that closely resemble their more natural (and likely less durable) counterparts.  Let’s take a look at them.


Still on-trend for many years now, marble look tiles have proven to be timeless.  The latest technologies and newest technologies have led to endless possibilities on ceramic surfaces, including realistic reproductions of luxury marbles in very big sizes.


The classic, nuanced look and lustrous finish of premium Calacatta marble become a modern marvel when authentically interpreted in porcelain tile.



The elegant veining of Italian Carrara is interpreted in three luminous versions and large format sizes.

CARRARA by GIO in Grigio
CARRARA by GIO in Grigio


GIO_Thin 5.5

Revolutionary design, research, and technology have combined to create a timeless large (thin) format in a range of looks, including this lifelike marble.

GIO_THIN 5.5. by GIO in Calacatta



Wood looks have surpassed the trend stage and are now considered staples in the surfacing realm. Technological improvements in printing have made wood look tiles more and more realistic, but there’s also now a trend towards creative wood looks that lean more artistic than authentic. Whichever way you go, there’s no doubt that wood looks are here to stay.


Sourcing quantities time-worn, reclaimed lumber for a commercial project is a headache most would rather avoid. Our petrified collection offers the authentic look in versatile, durable, and easy-to-maintain porcelain planks.

Petrified Floor & Wall Tile
PETRIFIED by GIO in Cobalt



Authentic, centuries-old style reemerges in modern porcelain, available in 3″ x 18″ planks in five classic hues.

GIO Fountaine Warm Grey
FOUNTAINE by GIO in Warm Grey



This porcelain wood look tile captures the varied graining, rings, and wavy wooden hues of a dramatic and exotic Brazilian hardwood species, available in 6″ x 36″ plank sizes.

Tigerwood floor and wall tile
TIGERWOOD by GIO in Saddle


Large, rectified porcelain tiles echo the look of singed timber awash in a subtle metallic sheen, offered in four authentic hues and a generous 12 x 48 size.

Char floor and wall tile by GIO
CHAR by GIO in Auburn


Stone-look tile options can enrich environments with a chic artfulness. Stone-look tile is versatile, offering endless style choices with the benefits of extraordinary durability and simple maintenance.


Inspired by stone paths of centuries-old French vineyards, Chateau is a glazed porcelain in four sophisticated looks and three versatile sizes.

Chateau Floor & Wall Tile
CHATEAU by GIO in Noce



Is it stone or wood? Neolith combines the looks of both ancient stone and fossilized wood grain in a most modern tile collection offered in three neutrals and four sizes, plus bullnose and mosaic.

NEOLITH by GIO Floor & Wall Tile


Stone-look tile with authentic details, versatile hues, and urbane style. Verve is available in four modular sizes plus bullnose and mosaic.



Soho offers the nuanced, sophisticated look of volcanic basalt classically interpreted in large format and linear field tiles plus a mosaic option.

Soho by GIO porcelain tile
SOHO by GIO in Light Grey



Basaltina is a sophisticated granite-look tile more enduring than its true stone inspiration, offered in a spectrum of nuanced neutrals and modern sizes.



Basaltina by GIO in Anthracite


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!

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