April, 2018

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Architectural Ceramics

If April showers bring May flowers, then Architectural Ceramic’s brings you a twist on the classic rhyme. Instead of flowers, let’s talk showers and shower tile. From the ground up, we’ll see what goes under and over shower floors and walls.

The Most In Demand Flooring Trends of 2018

Tile of Spain USA

Floors in homes and commercial spaces can set the mood for the entire atmosphere of a design. New ceramic tile technology makes it possible to get creative with flooring by playing with colors, shapes, installation techniques and textures for spaces that are uniquely your own.

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The hands of a working man

Tile Excellence

Ive been posting articles here since 2011. Ive been criticized by my peers mostly competitors and at times threats of being sued because i shared my opinions of products and procedures I use tried and true from over 35 years of laying tile.

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Black is the New Neutral

As The Tile Turns

Image via AKDO. Step into a typical 2000s home, and you'll find yourself surrounded by neutrals. These trusty colors dominate modern tile, wallpaper, cabinetry, backsplash and flooring. Insider Tile Trends

"Quickest Way To Remove Mold From Your Shower"

How to Floor Tile

Commercial Spray Bottle or used Lysol plastic bottle 2. Clorox and or liquid bleach 3. Mix 50% water 50% bleach 4. Spray on shower walls just after using shower 5. Ventilate room or close door and turn on exhaust fan Know this, this will destroy mold and mildew but will do little to remove soap scum and mineral deposits. Soap scum and mineral deposits attract mold and mildew. For mineral deposits use CLR but do not mix these two products together.

April Featured Tiles: Marl Cement Effect & Sheffield Metallic Tiles

The London Tile Co.

With both March and the Easter bank holiday weekend (and hopefully that wintry weather) behind us, we can look forward to all the things Spring has to offer. Lighter evenings, flowers blooming and the sense of satisfaction from a good Spring clean. If you’re planning on doing a little more than a quick dust we can help you find tiles to transform your home. From stylish feature walls to fully tiled wet rooms and even patios, we have a range of tiles to suit any project.

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Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

The deadline is here. We’re all holding our wallets and our breath in anticipation of (cue the diabolical laugh) Tax Day. We all know that preparing and filing taxes is taxing.

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More Trending

Colorker Countdown

Diary of a Tile Addict

Evoke collection by Colorker. Over the next couple of weeks Diary of a Tile Addict will be sharing some of the new tile ranges that will be on display at Coverings, Atlanta, USA from 8th May. Tile Addict is starting with one of Spain’s foremost manufacturers, Colorker.

Black and White Tile Done Right

As The Tile Turns

On the hunt for a timeless, sophisticated look that stands out from typical neutrals? Black and white should do the trick. These contrasting colors combine classic appeal with a modern edge. Available in several materials, patterns and glazes, they're versatile enough to let you live out your grandest vision. Insider Tile Trends luxury tiles

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20 Small Garden Water Feature Ideas To Add A Little More Zen To Your Life

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Flowing water is not only beautiful to admire, but the sound is very relaxing. And, if you have a small garden, terrace or patio, strategically adding a water feature is also likely to attract birds, wildlife and hummingbirds. In fact, water features are one of the five big garden trends for 2018.

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ARDEX Americas Wins 10 Awards at 2018 Starnet Design Awards, Including 5 Gold

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Aliquippa, PA, April 23, 2018 – ARDEX Americas is proud to be recognized at The Starnet Commercial Flooring Design Awards as a preferred vendor for 10 winners, including five gold awards.

Mid-Century Living Room Ideas That Are Timeless

Trendir Magazine

Mid-century décor tends to be a top favorite for many because of its classic décor that brings a vintage feel even to the most modern homes. We have put together a few mid-century living room ideas that are timeless and will remind you of the refine feeling your grandmother’s home had.

Keraben Grupo Outfits an Innovative Single Family Home Project in Mallorca, Spain

Tile of Spain USA

In Mallorca, Spain, a seaside single family home was in desperate need of a total restoration. The home, now entitled UP26, was created as a response to the local market need for designer homes that were both functional and sustainable with quality finishes.

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GIO Looks at the Advantages of Exterior Porcelain Pavers


While concrete and natural stone pavers have long been go-to options for exterior horizontal surfaces, we’re seeing porcelain tile options become increasingly popular alternatives for outdoor flooring installations.

Being an Architect is Hell – The Ongoing Descent

Life of an Architect

Being an architect is hell for any countless number of reasons, but one of the most prevalent reasons is that architects everywhere are assaulted visually on a daily basis by the most mundane of things. Ridiculous tile layouts? check Poorly aligned light fixtures? check Bad proportions?

Get Ready for your Close-up With 2018’s Best Bathroom Vanities

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Bathroom design—and bathroom vanities—have come a long way in recent years, particularly, as a result of the increased furnishing options available to the public, as well as the many available avenues for customizing a look to suit individual homeowners’ styles.

ARDEX Americas Wins Award for Outstanding Commitment to Employee Education and Development for the Second Consecutive Year

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Aliquippa, PA, April 24, 2018 – ARDEX Americas won the Engaging Pittsburgh Innovative People Practices award for the second consecutive year. The category was Innovation in Learning and Development.

Black And White Bathroom Ideas That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Trendir Magazine

From grungy chic to elegant and sleek, black and white are staple colors that seem to bring a modern twist in any area of a home, especially in the bathroom space. These two shades together have a powerful way of elevating the aesthetics your current décor.

Styling Small Spaces

Conestoga Tile Blog

Photo Credit: JDS Construction in Northern Virginia. Small rooms, at times, can be a challenge to decorate. They can provide little storage and they have the potential of getting cluttered quickly. Homeowners have become disappointed with their small rooms, but we are here to fight back.

Spanish Selection

Diary of a Tile Addict

Street Art by Saloni. With just over week to go now until Coverings opens its doors in Atlanta, Tile Addict now turns the focus on another of Europe’s tiling powerhouses, Spain.

5 Tips to Decorating Your Kitchen

Kitchen and Residential Design

via Meals are prepared in your kitchen and it’s the room where each member of your family hangs out and everyone converges.

The Top Five Garden Trends of 2018

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start thinking about how you can spend more time outdoors. If you have a patio or a garden, giving it a little refresh is time and money well spent. Make your outdoor living space more functional (and beautiful!)

Introducing the Next Wave of HENRY® Flooring Adhesives: Building on Legendary Performance

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Aliquippa, PA (April 26, 2018) – The W.W. Henry Company announced four new products today, the largest new product launch since the company was purchased by ARDEX Americas in 2001.

11 Yellow Kitchen Ideas That Will Brighten Your Home

Trendir Magazine

The kitchen is one of the most loved and used areas of the home, so why not give it the chance to be the main focus of the home by making it yellow. A yellow kitchen is the latest trend to be taking over interior decorating.

GIO Looks at the Advantages of Exterior Porcelain Pavers


While concrete and natural stone pavers have long been go-to options for exterior horizontal surfaces, we’re seeing porcelain tile options become increasingly popular alternatives for outdoor flooring installations.

Italian Instincts

Diary of a Tile Addict

Transalp Fire by Monocibec. As anticipation builds prior to Coverings , Tile Addict offers a further selection of stand-out ranges, all recently launched, that you can see in Atlanta, all displayed by member companies of Ceramics of Italy. Link by Gambini.

Revamp Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

Conestoga Tile Blog

Whether you use your kitchen to entertain or to simply prepare a meal for your family, it’s nice to walk into a kitchen that you love. If your kitchen is becoming a bit worn and a big-ticket renovation just isn’t in the budget you can still upgrade the space without breaking the bank.

Colorful Home in Romania Revives Traditional Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Merging rustic-inspired interiors with contemporary details, this colorful abode inspires a homey feel throughout. Located not far from Bucharest, Romania, The Small House in the Countryside is a project initiated by designer Alina Alexe of Studio Decoraktiva.

ARDEX Receives 2017 Vendor Partner Award from Fishman Flooring Solutions

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Originally published by Fishman Flooring Solutions. ARDEX Receives 2017 Vendor Partner Award from Fishman Flooring Solutions. BALTIMORE, MD.,

15 Painted Floors That Will Make You Want To Grab A Paintbrush

Trendir Magazine

There’s something quite magical about all of these designs. Throwing caution to traditional home design and creating something more personal, it’s such a great route to take when decorating your space.

Natural Stone Feature: Lemurian Blue

The Habitus Collection

Lemurian Blue granite features a deep blue green background accented with spectacular iridescent elements ranging in colors from vibrant blue, green and gold. Current availability 16 polished slabs size 255 x 170 x 2 cm. (3/4″ 3/4″ Thick) approx. 750 square feet.

London Launch Party Alert

Diary of a Tile Addict

The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring from Kick-Start Publishing. My colleagues at Kick-Start Publishing, for whom I edit Tile & Stone Journal , are hosting a launch party for Kick-Start’s latest publication The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring.

Marmomac 2018: Water/Stone “Dialogue”

Stone Update

Event will have a wet element throughout the Italian Stone Theatre in September. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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Denver Loft Exudes Fashionable, Eclectic Vibe

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Interior designer Rebecca Robeson, of Robeson Design, took on the challenge of renovating a loft-style apartment in downtown Denver, Colorado, USA. The client’s brief requested a casual scheme, updated with high-end furniture, fixtures and finishes.

In Collaboration with BIMobject®, Select ARDEX Products Now Available as BIM objects

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

In collaboration with BIMobject®, select ARDEX products, including self-leveling underlayments, moisture control and patching products, decorative concrete and tile and stone products are now available as BIM objects.

Small Kitchen Decor Options

Trendir Magazine

“Although it might be small it is always mighty,” the saying may not be exactly about interior designing but it sure does come in handy when describing a small kitchen.

What’s New at GIO Tile


Here at GIO, we strive to continually offer our customers the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products. In the past few months, we’ve added some exciting new floor and wall tile collections to the GIO line-up. Reflecting global trends for natural stone looks, shimmering glass, metallics, wood looks, and dimensional decor, our newest products offer … Color Trends Design Trends Tile Trends Wall Tile