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New Looks for Wall Tile: Product Recommendations from GIO Tile

Wall tile is an excellent choice for many commercial environments, often providing really unique looks that can be customized, as well as the exceptional performance characteristics of tile.  It can also be very cost-effective because of its easy maintenance and longevity. The upfront expenditures for tile, setting materials, and installation are revealed as smart investments when compared to other wall covering options’ high-maintenance and early replacement costs. With tile, you can choose from a vast array of colors, patterns and designs to achieve fashion forward looks that offer many advantages for commercial spaces:

-Durable and Long Lasting
-Hygienic and Easy to Clean
-Stain Proof
-Fire Proof
-Fade Resistant
-Odor Resistant
-Moisture Resistant
-Mold & Fungus Resistant
-Environmentally Friendly
-Cost Effective

Though any of GIO’s collections can be used for wall applications, we also offer products created specifically for vertical installations. Here’s a look at some of our latest and greatest.

BARISTA is right on trend with its “retro style meets subway tile” look that pays homage to handcrafted tiles in a range of gleaming neutrals. Available in a generous 4″ x 12″ size, these bright finished tiles will lend an antique chic vibe to your space.

Barista Wall Tile

ARTÉ is a spectacular three dimensional ceramic tile that will make anyone sit up and take notice. This modern take on subway tile measures 5″ x 12″ and is available in five on-trend hues.

Arte in Dove


MODA is nothing short of wall tile eye candy! Available in a confection of colors and a brilliant 5″ x 13″ size, these modern subway tiles are ideal for creating custom wall patterns and designs. A dimensional decorative package is available for each of the 10 colors.

Moda wall tile

Our ALUMINA collection is a line of lightweight metallic tiles in a variety of shapes, including 3D diamond cubes, hexagonal, and linear bricks. These modern wall tiles have a brushed finish and are available in silver, bronze and chocolate.

Alumina wall tile

To see the rest of our wall tile collections, click here!

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!

GIO Looks at Tile and Sustainability on Earth Day

earth dayTile is Inherently Green

Ceramic, or porcelain, tile is inherently green and an important part of sustainable construction. The all-natural materials have a number of environmental attributes that make it a great choice for eco-conscious specifiers:

  • Because it is fired at very high temperatures, ceramic tile inherently has no VOC emissions. The resulting final product is virtually inert, with no off-gassing.
  • Ceramic tile is easy to clean and inhospitable to dust mites, mold, and bacteria.
  • Ceramic tile is non-combustible and does not give off toxic fumes when exposed to fire.

Tile and LEED® Green Building Rating Systems

Contrary to what many people believe, products themselves are not LEED certified; only buildings can be LEED certified. The products specified, however, can contribute points toward different levels of certification. Tile produced in North America can contribute to long life cycle, indoor air quality, and potentially offer regional manufacturing benefits. Credits can also be earned for recycled content, reduction of heat island effect , and construction wastes management.

Green Squared

While all ceramic tile is a green choice, tile specifiers also have the option to select products which have been verified by an independent 3rd party to be in conformance with ANSI A138.1, the industry standard for sustainable tile and tile installation products.

Green Squared is a multi-attribute, industry-wide standard that underscores the North America tile industry’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing. Products bearing the Green Squared Certified logo are manufactured according to rigorous sustainability criteria that address a broad range of considerations, from extraction of the raw materials needed to reuse or disposal at the end of a product’s life. Manufacturers of Green Squared certified products invest considerable resources to ensure their facilities and manufacturing practices are socially and environmentally responsible, and to obtain third-party certification.


Revised_Final_Green_Squared_PMS Color_and_Black.aiYou can depend on GIO for your sustainable design projects because many of our products are Green Squared certified. Green Squared provides all tile producers, foreign and domestic, with a clear benchmark for designing sustainable products which can be accepted by North American green building programs.

GIO Looks at Hot Trends in the Tile Industry in 2016

When it comes to commercial design trends, each year brings fresh looks to the table. With continuously evolving manufacturing technologies, tile trends in 2016 are no exception. Commercial spaces are no longer expected to incorporate traditional colors, patterns, and styles, and, thus, those who design those spaces are more frequently choosing colors and tile designs that are eye-catching and bold, textured and geometric, and modern–infusing new life into public and professionals settings. Here’s a look at the hot tile trends you can expect to see in commercial interiors in the coming year.

Wood-Look Tile
Tile that looks like wood is already a favorite trend (and it’s clear that it’s here to stay), in large part because these collections are getting better looking and even more varied in style. This year, you’ll see more painted wood and whitewashed looks that take the trend beyond styles that just capture authentic appearances of wood grains and stains. Think bright hues on wood grain texture, for example. And this trend isn’t limited to floor tiles; we’re seeing lots of wall installations incorporating wood looks, as well.

Paintwood tile
PAINTWOOD by GIO in “Vintage
PAINTWOOD by GIO in Bianco
PAINTWOOD by GIO in Bianco

Dimensional Wall Tiles
Tile will jump off the wall, so to speak, in all kinds of 3D designs this year as manufacturers introduce tiles with dimensional shapes, folds, waves, raised geometry, and asymmetrical profiles. Fitting these tiles together creates a 3-D wall with a seamless sculpted surface.The popularity of 3D wall tile speaks to the marketplace’s readiness for bold and daring designs that are more adventurous and architectural.

3D Pietra
3D PIETRA by GIO in Anthracite Limestone, flamed, sandblasted and honed

Brick Style Installations

Brick is back and better than ever. In the tile world, “brick” equates to both tile shape and installation pattern. Perennially popular brick tile sizes and patterns are set to hold strong in 2016 as we see more design schemes incorporate industrial chic and even rustic, vintage influences. Look for tiles and installation patterns that mimic old brick walls, including brick with mortar spills and polished or painted styles. Brick looks are staples for wall designs, but today, brick-look porcelain tile for floors is a game changer with its easier maintenance and authentic look and feel.

BRICK by GIO in Smoke
BRICK by GIO in Smoke

Porcelain has made it possible for the marble look to go where it has never gone before, and this year, the marble look is more realistic than ever.  We’ll see it on floors, walls, and countertops, in mosaics, and mixed with other materials. The enduring, classic look of rare Calacatta marble, with its pristine white background and dramatic grey veining, is poised to be popular in 2016.

CARRARA by GIO in Grigio
CARRARA by GIO in Grigio

Geometric Shapes
Geometric shapes, including the timeless hexagon, emerged as a strong trend last year, and the format promises to remain popular this year. Whether geometric shapes are used prominently or subtly, they can greatly impact on the feel, tone, and texture of a space. Geometric forms are very flexible. They can go modern or retro in style, enhancing whatever design scheme–no matter how bold or nuanced the intended aesthetic.



GIO brings you a carefully curated, on-trend selection of tile and stone products developed expressly for your commercial design projects. Each color, size, texture, and detail you see on our website has been hand-picked from global sources based on our laser-focused knowledge of what you need to take your designs not just from good to great—but from great to extraordinary. Contact us anytime  we’re here to work with you!