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GIO Looks at Floor Tile Trends

Because porcelain tile is durable, easy-to-maintain, and inherently green, it’s often the interior and exterior floor surfacing material of choice for restaurants and hotels, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, office spaces, and many other non-residential environments. While tile has long been a dependable and cost-efficient workhorse for long-term performance, tile used for flooring in commercial spaces today isn’t all about its functionality, longevity, and cost-efficiency. Commercial building owners also want their floor and wall surfacing to deliver on style, and modern designers now regard floor tile as a key player in the overall design scheme. It’s been a full year since we last took a look at floor tile trends on our blog. Since then, we’ve added a number of new tile collections to our lineup. Here’s a look at what’s happened in floor tile in the past 12 months.

Wood Looks Have Evolved

While classic wood-look porcelain tiles have become a staple of both commercial and residential design, thanks to ever-improving digital technology, wood looks have really evolved to push the aesthetic envelope. Traditional wood looks have become more realistic than ever, exotic species have joined the mix (check out our Tigerwood), and now we’re seeing exciting artistic looks that won’t necessarily fool the eye but will certainly make a design statement. Our Char and Harmony collections are stunning examples of wood interpretations taken to the next level. (You can see all our wood look tile collections here.)



Harmony rosewood look tile


Char by GIO floor tile

Stone Looks

Always classic and often with a twist, stone look-alikes rendered in porcelain are the answer if you’re looking for a lower-cost and lower-maintenance alternative to the real thing. And then there are the looks! Some collections appear identical to their real-life counterparts and others are decidedly modern interpretations — there’s truly something for every design style. We’ve added Dorato, Neolith, Basaltina, and Harmony to our stone-look floor tile lineup. 








Concrete looks

Metallo is our latest concrete-look offering—but it’s certainly not your everyday concrete look with its sleek style and subtle metal sheen.

metallo porcelain tile

Terrazzo Looks

Real terrazzo flooring has experienced a tremendous revival in recent years. Made of a composite of marble, quartz, granite, or glass and a binder material, it is poured or cast in place. then ground and polished smooth after it has cured. Authentic terrazzo is a beautiful material for floors, but the laborious process to make it is costly. Thanks to amazing advances in inkjet printing technology, the look can be yours at a fraction of the cost with our Terrazzo porcelain tile line.



Do you know about our new digital Binder Finder?  Though our binders are designed to be printed resource materials for your library or showroom, we hope these digital files help you select and specify GIO products. You can download your digital binders 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 What’s Trending in Floor Tile for Commercial Interiors

When it comes to commercial flooring trends, the styles and options available are nearly endless. But regardless of the look you want, It’s essential that the performance characteristics of the flooring you choose meet the requirements of demanding commercial environments. Porcelain tile is one of the most durable, easy-to-maintain, and cost-efficient (in the long run) of all the flooring materials available. And it’s also green because it’s sustainable and contributes to superior indoor air quality (no VOCs). These are the reasons porcelain tile has become the material of choice for hotels, restaurants, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, office spaces, and many other non-residential environments. But what about the look? Tile for commercial spaces is no longer just about functionality. Modern designers today also want the flooring they specify to deliver on style. Floor tile is now regarded as a beautiful design element that can enhance a comfortable and inviting environment in any type of commercial space. Here’s a look at what’s trending in floor tile for commercial interiors.

Wood Look Tiles

Innovating design teams are integrating the feeling of a “home” aesthetic into their commercial projects. Also called “resimercial,” this type of design is known as the marriage of commercial durability with a residential feel. From polished to reclaimed and weathered looks, wood look tiles are often the answer to inject warmth and create a homey vibe into commercial spaces.

Here, our new Versailles masterfully replicates centuries-old parquet in a new range featuring modern planks, criss-cross, and inlay designs.

Versailles by GIO Floor and Wall Tile

Our Distressed wood look collection brings authenticity to modern, urban settings. This line is available as generously sized 8″ x 36″ planks in four reclaimed timber hues.

Distressed porcelain tile by GIO

LOFT by GIO offers the charm and warmth of wood with a truly modernistic look. Our Loft collection is available exclusively in a large 8″ x 48″ plank size in a contemporary color palette.

Loft Floor & Wall Tile

Patterned Tiles

Floors take the limelight in patterned tiles in a range of styles from vintage to playful and modern. Intricate tile designs are on the rise with mixed prints and pattern-on-pattern styles playing big parts in both residential and commercial design.

This cheerful Color Mix Set from our Vintage collection brings on a nostalgic vibe to infuse spaces with a retro and elegantly olden look.

Vintage Color Mix Set

The big geometric pattern of our 24″ x24″ Blocks Infinity has a playfully modern look. These big-format tiles are available in a range of soothing, organic colors.

GIO Blocks Infinity Silver

Marble Looks

Large commercial spaces (think high-end retail or hotel lobbies) covered in marble are beautiful and luxurious looking, but real marble can become cost prohibitive and the maintenance is not simple. Porcelain tile that mimics marble looks is a great option instead of the costlier natural stone. The elegant look of marble with the convenience and durability of porcelain is the perfect combo for commercial spaces.

The lifelike marble look of our large format GIO_Thin 5.5 in “Statuary” is a beautiful and smart alternative to the real thing in this retail space.

GIO_Thin 5.5 in Statuary

The classic look of premium Italian Calacatta marble is authentically interpreted in porcelain in our Calacatta collection.

Calacatta by GIO

These are just some of our curated tile styles that you depend on to answer to the latest trends in commercial flooring design. GIO Tile brings you only the finest commercial grade products, hand-picked from global sources based on our focused knowledge of what you need to to transform commercial spaces. Contact us anytime – we’re here to work with you!

A Look at What’s New at GIO Architectural Tile & Stone

In our ongoing quest to bring our customers the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products, we have added some exciting new floor and wall tile collections to the GIO line-up. Reflecting global trends for natural stone looks, geometrics, textures, large formats, wood looks, and metallics, our newest product lines offer commercial designers a range of versatile, on-trend surface materials to take their designs from great to extraordinary.

Here’s a look at what’s new at GIO Architectural Tile & Stone (you can click on any product name or image to see more of that collection on our website).

Natural Stone Looks

Pearl Floor & Wall Tile
These stunning large-format ( 24″ x 48″) polished porcelain tiles evoke slices of luminous alabaster stone, and are available in three elegant hues.

Pearl floor & wall tile evoke slices of luminous alabaster stone


Calacatta Floor & Wall Tile
The distinct veining of rare and desirable Calacatta marble is luxuriously interpreted in these lustrous, honed porcelain field tiles. Calacatta is available in a variety of sizes to suit a range of applications.

Calacatta by GIO


Carrara Floor & Wall Tile
This elegant interpretation of Italian Carrara marble is available in three luminous hues and a variety of sizes, including mosaic and large format.

Carrara floor and wall tile


GIO_Thick 1.0
These 20mm thick porcelain pavers are designed specifically for direct installation over grass, sand, gravel, and standard substrates. They are available in a vast range of natural stone and concrete looks to work with any design style.

GIO_Thick 1.0


Traverse Floor & Wall Tile
This collection reflects travertine’s versatile style in four rich, nuanced hues and linear, modular sizes, ranging from mosaic to large format.Traverse floor and wall tile


Geometry Hex Collection
For modern or retro hex appeal, these six-sided tiles offer endless possibilities in a spectrum of urban colors.

Geometry Hex


This cool collection of six-sided 12″ field tiles is available in six sides, six colors, and six patterns – to shape your modern designs in hexagonal style.


Geometry Squared Collection
Square mosaic tiles combine for functional, custom style for floors and walls. These tiles are available glazed or unglazed in 2′ x 2′ or 1′ x 1′ squares.


Wood Looks

This new collection of porcelain tiles-that-look-like-wood take the trend beyond styles that just capture authentic appearances of wood with painted and whitewashed looks.

Paintwood GIO – wood-look tile
Paintwood in “Vintage”
Paintwood in Grey
Paintwood in “Grey”
Paintwood in "Bianco"
Paintwood in “Bianco”



Alumina Wall Tile
These brushed-finished light weight metallic wall tiles are available in a range of shapes, including 3D cubes, diamonds, hexagonal, and brick. 

Alumina wall tile


3D Pietra Wall Tile
Linear, dimensional tiles are offered in a baker’s dozen of stunning stone styles–slate, limestone, quartz, marble, limestone, and travertine.

3D Pietra 2



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!