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Commercial Flooring Isn’t Boring!

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that the number one requirement for commercial flooring was durability. As for the look, most commercial flooring was generally inconspicuous, with muted tones and little pattern – not exactly what one would call exciting. But commercial interior design today isn’t just about choosing functional materials that can withstand heavy use. It’s also about creating a comfortable, inviting environment and projecting a cohesive image that can positively affect the overall mood of those inside it.

Thanks to ever-improving technologies in the tile industry, as well as exciting new ways of thinking about design, commercial interiors no longer have to sacrifice beauty and style in favor of durability. Here’s a look at some current tile trends that are definitely not boring!

Bigger is Better

While 12” x 24”  and 24” x 24” tile sizes have long been the norm, porcelain tiles just keep getting bigger. 24” by 48” planks (and even larger) are hugely popular and answer to the demand for tile that can handle spaciousness without making the flooring or walls look too busy. Using bigger tiles will also reduce the number of grout lines for a more seamless look. 

Many  GIO porcelain tile collections are available in indulgently large sizes. Shown here are (left) Tribeca and (right) Veneto in 24″ x 48″.

vento-tribeca

GIO_Thin 5.5 porcelain panels come in sizes as large as 39″ x 118.″ Gio_thin composite

Geometric Shapes

Geometric shapes, including the timeless hexagon, emerged as a strong trend a few years ago and have remained very popular. Whether large or small, geometric forms are very flexible and can greatly impact the feel, tone, and texture of a space.

Geometry Options offers geometrically superlative selections for your every design whimsy. Shapes include hex, penny round, octagon, lantern, basketweave, and pinwheel.

 

geometry Options

 

Explore all our hexagon-shaped tile collections on our website here.

hex tiles

Patterned Tile

Patterned tiles bring character and pizzaz to commercial and residential spaces. Today’s floor tile designs feature exciting and bold patterns that are being used in new ways to create stunning interior design schemes. Whether you specify Moroccan-inspired tiles, Victorian, or modern geometric, the key to working with patterned tiles is to allow the floor to take the limelight. Check out our patterned, encaustic-look Vintage collection.

GIO Vintage Vecchio Room Scene

Wood-looks

Porcelain wood-look tiles are a boon to commercial environments where the style of wood flooring is desired.  Thanks to the leaps and bounds made in print technology in recent years, and the choice of wood-look over real wood for a commercial environment is practically a no-brainer. With all the fabulous options available, you definitely do not have to trade high style for practical flooring that can take a beating. Click here for a look at all our fabulous wood look collections.

GIO wood-looks

 

Modern and Sleek

Sleek elements, meaning smooth and polished, go hand in hand with modern design.  And sleek, modern design is the name of the game in many commercial design areas today, especially in high-end retail and hospitality. Clean and serene, sleek and modern design is elegant and sophisticated in its simplicity.

 

GIO_Thin 5.5 in “Statuary Marble” offers a perfectly sleek backdrop for this modern setting.

 

GIO_Thin 5.5 in "Statuary Marble"
GIO_Thin 5.5 in “Statuary Marble” offers a perfectly sleek backdrop for this modern setting.

Cement Inspired Looks

For the rugged elegance of concrete without the stains, scratches, and headaches of concrete installation, turn to cement-inspired porcelain for your commercial projects. Ardeisa, Athena, Fusion, Progetto, and Veneto offer concrete visuals in a durable, easy-to-maintain porcelain stoneware body.

porcelain tile with cement concrete visuals

Chromatic Design

Color can tell a story, and our new Colori porcelain tile collection is here to tell yours. Check out the ultimate palette with a spectrum of options for commercial spaces.

Colori floor tile, Red 24x24 Matte Rectified

 

 

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!

 

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

Marble-Look
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.

CALACATTA by GIO
CALACATTA by GIO
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.

HEX_EFFECT by GIO
HEX_EFFECT by GIO

 

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!