November, 2018

November Featured Tiles: Andalusia & Earth

The London Tile Co.

After a month of sunshine and surprisingly warm weather, November has started with a heavy rainstorm here at London Tile HQ.

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Community: Architectural Ceramics Proudly Supports Shepherd’s Table

Architectural Ceramics

Architectural Ceramics attended Shepherd’s Table’s Fall fundraiser Infused with Love: An Evening at the Pearl on October 4 th , 2018 to support their mission of providing services to those in need within the community.

Get The Look: Gio Ponti-Style Cement Tiles at Spain’s Hotel Cort

Granada Tile

At Spain’s Hotel Cort in the heart of the old town in Palma de Mallorca, the bright blue and white patterned tiles take the space from bland to startlingly beautiful. They’re inspired by the designs of Gio Ponti, whose tiles designs we’ve long be obsessed with.

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Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 17th Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the association of over 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, announces the winners of the 17th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architect Jorge Silvetti, met on Friday, November 21 st in Castellón to decide the award winners.

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The Boldest Trends from CERSAIE 2018

As The Tile Turns

Every year, the biggest innovators in the tile industry take over Bologna, Italy for the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. Better known as CERSAIE, this annual event attracts over 900 exhibitors from dozens of countries.

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National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals Key Design Trends in U.S. Kitchens

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Want to know the trendiest styles, colors, materials, finishes, appliances and lighting fixtures in U.S. kitchens? Sure, you do!

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Into The Woods: Four Exciting New Wood Effect Tile Ranges at The London Tile Co.

The London Tile Co.

It’s no secret that wood effect is one of the biggest tile trends of the last few years, and as digital printing technology develops and improves the designs available are becoming more and more realistic.

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More Trending

Top 8 Reasons Moorish Lantern Tiles May be Right for You

Granada Tile

The Moors took control of Spain at the beginning of the 8 th century, resulting in the blend of the two cultures.

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The Fundamentals of Autumn

Tile of Spain USA

The approach of autumn changes weather, habits and even homes. Ceramic tile collections from Spain offer choices for this new season; a new dosage of inspiration for the return home. STN Cerámica, Terk (9” X 82”).

Tile Insider: Interlocking Shapes are on the Rise

As The Tile Turns

While there's plenty to love about the clean, modern aesthetic of subway tiles, today's homeowners are on the hunt for something a little more intricate. Enter interlocking shapes: a trend that is quickly taking over in homes and businesses all around the world.

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What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Traditional bathroom designs are taking a back seat to a more spa-like, clean and minimal look, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA).

SkillBuild Success Story

Diary of a Tile Addict

Odhran Connelly with his winning tiling creation at SkillBuild 2018. It is always great to see the tiling stars of tomorrow emerge, and SkillBuild and WorldSkills are two arenas where the cream can really rise to the top.

Chic Kitchens With Open Shelving

Trendir Magazine

Displaying what’s inside of your kitchen cabinets can be quite terrifying in fact many of us would rather not go in that route. Yes, the mess does exist inside of the cabinets but it kind of feels a bit less when it’s covered behind cabinet doors.

Copenhagen Cement Tiles At Dama Restaurant In Los Angeles’s Fashion District

Granada Tile

For the new Latin-influenced Dama restaurant in Los Angeles’s fashion district, interior designer Carolina Wicker of Caroline Wicker Designs, relied on a custom colorization of Granada Tile’s Copenhagen cement tiles to convey the restaurant’s tropical, vintage vibe.

Timeless Materials: Terra Cotta

Tile of Spain USA

No matter the era, there are certain materials that are always present in interior design. Terra cotta has been one of the most widely used materials in homes throughout history.

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Color Trends to Look for in 2019

As The Tile Turns

Like any design element, colors come in and out of fashion. For years, it was all about the neutral, with beige, grey, and especially white dominating the world of interior design. The appeal is clear: neutrals look clean and are capable of visually expanding small spaces. They're also versatile.

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50 Powder Room Ideas That Transform Your Small Half Bath From Ordinary To Extraordinary

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The powder room, also known as a small guest bath or half bath, is usually located near a home or apartment’s entrance and consists of a toilet and sink. Most half bath spaces are small and basic, but they don’t have to be.

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Mellifluous Midnight

Diary of a Tile Addict

Midnight Blue by Original Style. Midnight Blue has been named Original Style’s Tile of the Year 2019, following on from last year’s Heath by The Winchester Tile Company.

Tiny Kitchens You Are Sure To Love

Trendir Magazine

Style and décor know no boundaries, yet it can become a bit overwhelming when you’re working with a smaller room particularly a smaller kitchen.

Walker Zanger Expands Executive Team

Stone Update

New marketing director among changes for premium stone/tile company. Featured People+Places News

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Experimenting with Formats

Tile of Spain USA

The idea that square tiles are the only option for floors and walls has become a thing of the past. Tile of Spain manufacturers offer collections in planks, geometric, high-relief and many other formats that allow for design ideas to be carried out in an entirely new way.

Step Into the Dark Side

As The Tile Turns

For years, white dominated the interior design scene. From painted white cabinets to white subway tile, homeowners couldn't get away from what they perceived as a clean, modern color. Today, however, a new theme is taking over: darkness.

35 Small Wine Cellars and Wine Room Ideas You Can Recreate

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you look forward to wine o’clock every evening, why not turn a spot in your home into a stunning wine room or wine cellar? You don’t need a large wine cave or hundreds of thousands of dollars to build one.

Inspiring Individuals

Diary of a Tile Addict

Maggie Angus Berkowitz. Today’s Diary of a Tile Addict mourns two contrasting individuals who both made an indelible mark on the UK tiling scene. The first is the renowned Lake District ceramicist Maggie Angus Berkowitz, who died recently, aged 91.

15 Black Kitchen Cabinets That You’ll Swoon For

Trendir Magazine

It may sound a bit too bold. It may even sound a bit crazy, but, it’s trendy and when executed correctly, can become the best part of the home. Check out these 15 black kitchen cabinets that you’ll swoon for, we promise.

Certifled Tile Installer Tally Reaches 1,500

Stone Update

North Carolina’s Alex Smith is the milestone member for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation program. Featured Association Beat News

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2018]

Life of an Architect

This is the 9th annual and highly anticipated What to Get an Architect for Christmas gift guide. It’s hard for me to process that when I wrote the very first gift guide back in 2010 that this would become the most requested blog post that I would write every single year.

Caprice Grove Cement Tile Echoes Traditional French and Spanish Patterns

Cement Style

Inspired by French and Spanish cement tile traditions, the Caprice Grove cement tile pattern by Villa Lagoon Tile is a new classic featuring alternating quatrefoils and spear-point crosses.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces to Keep You Warm and Toasty in the Fall

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Just because the temperatures are cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being outdoors. While you may not be able to use that outdoor shower for a while, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are a great way to enjoy the beauty of this season.

5 Tile Trends to Look Forward to in 2019


It’s a fact that parts of commercial spaces (like floors and walls) are not practical to update often. These elements have to strike a balance between trendy and timeless in order to stay relevant as well as stand the test of time. And they must be durable and easy to maintain as well.

Fun and Festive Christmas Decorating Ideas

Trendir Magazine

Christmas time is the perfect excuse to go over the top and decorate your home from top to bottom, which is why its one of our favorites. Keeping that in mind, we bring you fun and festive Christmas decorating ideas in order to this holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable.

Natural Stone Academy, Architectural Record Partner

Stone Update

Magazine in year-long collaboration with education arm of Natural Stone Institute. Featured Association Beat News

Trace Elements

Diary of a Tile Addict

Trace Mint tiles by Ceramiche Caesar in Ristorante Papo, Turin. I return to one of my favourite topics in today’s Tile Addict: tiles in restaurants.

The Sleek Look of Basalt

Garden State Tile Blog

Sleeker, smoother finishes are on trend right now. Belgica beautifully depicts the look of natural basalt in porcelain.

What Classifies A House Style: What Makes A Contemporary Home?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

For many people, the meaning of the word “contemporary” is hard to pin down because it’s always evolving to fit a modern context. The same can be said for contemporary architecture. However, we’re here to put a face and a definition to the contemporary home once and for all.

Color Trends to Watch for in 2019


While color trends in commercial design tend to have some longevity, that doesn’t mean that each year doesn’t bring exciting new colors to the design table. Here at GIO, we strive to bring you on-trend, up-to-the-minute looks in tile styles.

Great Ideas for Designing a Smaller Bathroom

Kitchen and Residential Design

via Making tight small spaces look good can be a real challenge especially if you have little to no knowledge of design. But thanks to the internet, decorating your personal space can be less of a headache. These clever hacks will help you get your bath in order and on a budget!

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