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Hex Appeal: GIO Looks at Six-Sided Tile Style

Geometric shapes in interior design are a hot trend, and it’s no stretch to proclaim that the six-sided honeycomb-like hexagon has become the queen bee of all shapes, especially when it comes to ceramic tile. There’s something about the hex shape that designers love. In fact, there’s something about hexagons that most everyone loves. Here’s a look at some of the reasons and at how GIO Tile’s collections answer to the trend.

Orderliness

The precision and uniformity of the shapes slot together perfectly, appealing to the eye as well as our desire for symmetry. Quite simply, we are hardwired to organize chaos into order; thus, the symmetry of hex shapes satisfies those innate yearnings we may not even be aware of.

Back to Nature

snowflake, raft bubbles, turtle shell

The hexagon appears in nature over and over again, and is often referred to as “nature’s most perfect shape.”  Aside from the honeycomb, we have snowflakes, soap bubble rafts, and turtle shells, just to name a few. Hexagonal patterns are prevalent in nature due to their efficiency. In a hexagonal grid, each line is as short as it can possibly be if a large area is to be filled with the fewest number of hexagons. For bees, this means making honeycombs that hold the most amount of honey while using the least amount of wax.  For the same reasons the hexagon is found so often in nature, it’s a great surfacing solution because it covers the area better than any other shape.

Retro Appeal

When it comes to tile, hex shapes are not new; the classic pattern has been gracing bathroom floors and walls since the 19th century. The design of the small, one-inch tiles could be rather plain in all white or could contain a complex pattern of different colors and designs. Skilled tile setters often incorporated creative mosaic patterns ranging from simple to quite complex. If you have a vintage home, you will likely want to turn to a look that is in keeping with the home’s age, and small hex tiles will do just that. While the vintage shape has a quality that transcends time, it’s the new twists given to the standard that could be just the answer for turning a boring space into something special.

Hex_Frame

Offering the popular look of concrete this new hex tile line is a powerhouse tile collection! Play with five chic neutrals to create sassy, classy surfaces.

GIO Hex_Frame, Graphite 7x8 Hexagon Framed Decor
GIO Hex_Frame, Graphite 7×8 Hexagon Framed Decor

Hex_AG

Six sides in five colors to shape your modern design in hexagonal style!

Hex_AG by GIO porcelain tile in Dark Grey, White Argento-
GIO Hex_AG, Dark Grey, White, and Argento 9 7/16”x10 7/8” Hexagon.

Hex_Leonis

Bring rays of delight to floors and walls with this customizably cool collection of hexagonal porcelain tiles, offered in four versatile hues.

HEX_LEONIS floor and wall tile-cropped
GIO Hex_Leonis, Blue 7 x 8

Marmi_Trend

Lush interpretations of beloved marbles featuring sexy hexes as well as 3D linear decos, and more– elegant and edgy for both floors or walls.

GIO Marmi_Trend, Statuary Hex Field Tile
GIO Marmi_Trend, Statuary Hex Field Tile

Geometry Hex

Go modern or retro with this classic porcelain tile offered in a range of urban colors.

Geometry Hex Collection, 2x2 Arctic White Unglazed & Black Unglazed
Geometry Hex Collection, 2×2 Arctic White Unglazed & Black Unglazed

Pietra Marmi

Mesh mounted natural marble mosaics, available in a range of polished and honed shapes, including the beloved hex.

GIO Pietra Marmi, Verona Polished Hexagon Mosaic
GIO Pietra Marmi, Verona Polished Hexagon Mosaic

 

 

Whether you are going for a truly authentic, vintage feel or looking for a more modern take on the classic hex, GIO offers a range of hexagonal tile options to transform your commercial designs. Here at GIO, we not only know tile, but we also deeply understand the needs of interior designers, architects, and commercial product specifiers. Turn to us for the latest solutions in architectural surfacing for your projects. We’re here to work with you!

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